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"You may all go to hell, I am going to Texas.” Nine Texas lawmakers bid goodbye to Congress

With nearly two centuries of Texas experience departing Congress this week, the lawmakers reflect on their tenures on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe fondly recalls the time he was allowed to drive his Jeep directly onto the White House driveway while George W. Bush, a fellow Texan, was president. Photo courtesy of Congressman Ted Poe.
Alex Sessions, right, father of U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, left, meets President George W. Bush, center, before the passage of Sessions' "Family Opportunity Act" in 2006. Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions.

A lack of civility

Lingering regrets

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Congress Politics Gene Green Jeb Hensarling Joe Barton Lamar Smith Pete Sessions Sam Johnson Ted Poe Texas congressional delegation