Twenty-nine Texans who weren't in the state Legislature last session will take their seats as new members of the Texas House and Senate in January. All but three of them are Republicans. Some of them are filling seats left vacant by representatives and senators who pursued statewide offices in one of the most open fields Texas has seen in years, and others are replacing people they challenged in either the primaries or the general election.
Explore the list of fresh faces below to learn about the new lawmakers. In addition to the newbies listed here, the Texas Senate will include three members who served last session in the Texas House — Van Taylor, Brandon Creighton and Charles Perry.
Editor's note: This story incorrectly stated that Mike Schofield was married, and lived in Houston. Schofield is not married and lives in Katy.