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Texas Legislature 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott has set his legislative agenda. These lawmakers could influence how much is accomplished.

There are a total of 181 legislators in the Capitol, but the influence is not evenly distributed. Due to the lawmakers’ positions, ideology and tenure, some will have a much bigger say on the biggest issues this session.

Legislators greet each other on the floor of the House of Representatives prior to the opening of the 2021 Legislative Session.

Potential swing votes in the Senate 

A hardline conservative faction in the House

The top lieutenants 

Budget committee chairs 

Those pushing for criminal justice reform 

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Politics State government 87th Legislative Session Dade Phelan Dan Patrick Greg Abbott