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Texas Legislature 2019

Watch Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick take the oath of office

After winning re-election in November, both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are embarking on their second, four-year term. Watch their swearings-in and inaugural speeches here.

The Texas state Capitol on the first day of the 86th legislative session on Jan. 8, 2019.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who both won re-election in November, will kick off their second, four-year terms on Tuesday after being sworn into office on the steps of the Texas Capitol.

The inaugural ceremony will begin in the morning, with speeches from both Republicans — Patrick first, Abbott second — set to begin at 11 a.m. Check back on this page for a livestream of the event.

Though Abbott isn't expected to announce his most urgent legislative priorities until his State of the State address early next month, you can expect him to allude to those goals in his speech on Tuesday.

After winning their respective races by slimmer margins than they did in 2014, Abbott and Patrick — along with newly-elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, who also is a Republican — have promised to work together during this year's legislative session to address fundamentals like school finance and property tax reform. Such a united front among the "Big Three" hasn't been seen in years.

The legislative session runs through May 27.

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