Analysis: History Lesson on Stifling the Senate Minority

*Correction appended. 

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick has said that if elected lieutenant governor, he might not name any senators from the other party to lead committees. It would be a bold move, but not unprecedented.

Bob Bullock, a Democrat, did it more than 20 years ago. He regretted it almost immediately.

Bullock, who was elected lieutenant governor in 1990, started off by refusing to put any of the Senate’s eight Republicans in charge of a committee. When a ninth Republican won a special election for the last seat in the Senate after the start of the 1991 session ...

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