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Why three longtime Texas lawmakers are now eligible for an extra $140,000 a year

A few of Texas’ most veteran lawmakers may have seen their part-time legislative compensation skyrocket from $7,200 to nearly $150,000 annually, thanks to a law passed quietly at the end of the 2021 legislative session.

From left: State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, State Reps. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, and Tom Craddick, R-Midland.

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Politics State government Employee Retirement System Greg Bonnen John Whitmire Senfronia Thompson Texas Legislature Tom Craddick