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2021 Texas politics in photos: An insurrection, legislative battles and emerging campaigns

Texas politics in 2021 were marked by a violent insurrection at the nation’s Capitol and state legislative fights over abortion, voting rights and redistricting. Our photojournalists were there every step of the way.

Pro-Trump protesters storm the U.S. Capitol to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by t…
Trump supporters enter the Capitol during a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. The House and Se…
Pro-Trump rioters protested and stormed into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.
Pro-Trump protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021.
Pro-trump protestors gather at the Texas State Capitol to protest the certification of the 2020 election results. Jan 6, 202…
Dade Phelan is sworn in as speaker of the Texas House on the opening day of the 2021 Legislature on Jan. 12, 2021.
Newly-elected House Speaker Dade Phelan greets Gov. Greg Abbott before speaking to the Texas House during opening ceremonies…
State Rep. Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, and others say the Pledge of Allegiance as the 2021 Legislative Session opens in Aust…
State GOP Chairman, Allen West, poses for a photo with members of a group describing themselves as the ‘Texas Militia’ at th…
Snow covered the Texas Capitol grounds during the winter storm on Feb. 16, 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference regarding Texas’ emergency response to an unprecedented winter storm gripping …
The silhouette of a young unaccompanied migrant boy as he looks through the fence during the one hour the kids get to play o…
Governor Greg Abbott addresses the media about border security at a press conference at Anzalduas Park. Mission, TX. March 9…
From left: Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, including Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP, Anthony Coll…
Youth activists deploy over 200,000 rose petals from the capitol rotunda to protest against what they describe as “Extremist…
Tori Baltierra of the singing group “Tiara Girls” sings the old hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ while rose petals rain down around her …
Ali Cross, of the Austin Cheer squad, waves a Trans flag while her squad mates hold her up on the steps of the state capitol…
Josh Upchurch, Shelby Martin and Hailee Roberts campaign for Proposition A at the corner of Quaker Ave. and 82nd Street on S…
A visitor of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the Hous…
Rep. Rafael M. Anchia, D-Dallas, speaks with his colleague Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood on the house floor on Thursday, Ma…
State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is surrounded by fellow Democrats after testifying against a proposed anti-abortion bill …
Protesters hold signs in oppostion of SB 7 while participating in a rally at the state capitol on May 8, 2021.  Critics of t…
Gov. Abbott speaks with lawmakers on the house floor during the legislative session on the house floor on Sunday, May 23, 20…
Hundreds of people gathered for the Austin Rally for Palestine at the State Capitol in Austin on May 23, 2021.
Pro-choice demonstrators against Senate Bill 8 were met with counter-protestors outside the Texas Capitol on May 29, 2021.
State Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas, speaks at a press conference at Mt. Zion Baptist Church near the state Capitol in Aus…
At least 50 House Democrats in Texas fled the state to Dulles International Airport potentially stopping Republicans to take…
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Democratic members of the Texas House and Senate gather for a joint press event to update Texans on their work in Washington…
House members praised House Speaker Dade Phelan on Sine Die. May 31, 2021.
Legislators watch as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott share updates on their plan for Texas to build its own border…
Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush speaks to reporters at an event inside Buford's Bar in Austin, TX on Wednesday, June 2…
Former Democratic Presidential Candidate, Beto O’Rourke, speaks at the ‘For the People Rally,’ a rally in support of the exp…
People hold Campaign signs at the ‘For the People’ voting rights rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Sunday Jun…
Bubba Saulsbury takes a selfie at the border wall tour on June 30, 2021, where former President Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott d…
State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, speaks at a press conference on opening d…
Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, holds a sign that reads, “Here we are still on the job for the people,” on the House fl…
Rep. Jacey Jetton, R-Richmond, sits on the House floor on July 14, 2021.
Rep. Lacey Hull, R-Houston, waits with other House Republicans before a briefing on 13th check legislation at the Texas Capi…
From left: Rep. Royce West, D-Dallas, walks with Rep. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Texas clergy at a Prayer and Justice mar…
Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson speaks as other House members console her at a joint press conference with the…
State Rep. Garnet Coleman is in Texas recovering from a severe illness while his Democratic colleagues are in Washington, D.…
Rep. John Whitmire, D-Houston, puts a mask on at a press conference held by members of the Senate Democratic Caucus regardin…
The Texas House Democrats breaking quorum in the nation’s capital host a press conference alongside Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)…
Susan Wright hugs Tarrant County district clerk Thomas Wilder at Susan Wright’s election night watch party in Arlington, TX …
U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher checkers her notebook before a call in her office in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 21, 2021.
Thousands of participants march and with signs during the 2021 Women’s March on Texas in downtown Houston on Saturday, Oct. …
Protestors stood at the front steps of the Capitol in opposition to SB 8 on Oct. 2, 2021.
People hold signs and clap during the Womenís March ATX at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Th…
Hyunja Norman poses for a portrait at the Korean Community Center in Spring Branch on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Norman passio…
John Scott speaks to a reporter during an interview inside his office at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 …
A map of Tarrant County shows the voting age population of Hispanics.
Frank Ramirez, Democratic nominee for House District 118, at an event at campaign headquarters on Oct. 31, 2021.
John Lujan speaks to people at his watch party on Nov. 2, 2021. Lujan won the election for State representative of district …
Anti-abortion supporters clash with pro-choice activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021. Toda…
Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes, author of the bill, speaks to a television news crew outside the Supreme Court in Washingt…
People dressed as Handmaids stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021.
Supporters of democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke attend a rally in downtown McAllen on Nov. 17, 2021.
The pavilion of the American Airlines Center in Dallas is decorated with Trump flags as “The History Tour” with Donald Trump…

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