Matt Stiles

Matt Stiles covers government and politics with a focus on data journalism, and he oversees and helps develop the Tribune's library of web applications and interactives. Previously, he was a government reporter at the Houston Chronicle. While there, he won the newspaper's Jesse Award for service journalism and beat reporting and was its reporter of the year in 2007. Before joining the Chronicle, Stiles worked as a reporter for nearly four years at The Dallas Morning News.

Recent Contributions

Debbie Irvine on Role as Lege Council Boss

The newly christened executive director of the Texas Legislative Council on how the upcoming legislative session is going to be difficult, how technology has changed her job, whether redistricting maps can get drawn and agreed upon by June and how she keep politics from impacting her job.

Search: Pre-Filed Bills

Photo Texas Legislature House Floor
Photo Texas Legislature House Floor

Following a biennial custom, Texas lawmakers filed hundreds of bills this week ahead of the 82nd legislative session. Use this database to search the bill captions, which contain a lay description of the legislation. Filter the results by a bill's primary author and subject.

Interactive: 2010 General Election: Cost Per Vote

Our interactive chart contains per-voter spending totals for major-party candidates with contested races in the 2010 general election. Sort the data by selecting field headers, or or filter the results by political party, office or election outcome.

What Your Vote Cost

Carol Kent, a freshman Democrat who unsuccessfully defended her north Dallas seat in the Texas House, spent $64.06 per vote — the most of any of the 194 candidates running for state offices in this year’s general election, according to an analysis of campaign-finance data by The Texas Tribune.

People You Should Know

When the Legislature convenes in January, more than three-dozen new members will take their seats in the Texas House — almost all of them Republicans, and many as surprised to be there as you’ll be to see them. Here’s a freshman facebook to help you keep them straight.

Red November

Rick Perry won his third full term as governor of Texas on Tuesday, defeating former Houston Mayor Bill White by a convincing double-digit margin and positioning himself for a role on the national stage. And he led a Republican army that swept all statewide offices for the fourth election in a row, took out three Democratic U.S. congressmen and was on its way to a nearly two-thirds majority in the Texas House — a mark the GOP hasn't seen since the days following the Civil War.

Last Ones In

Could you give away $8 million in a week? The state's top political donors did just that during the last seven days, raising the stakes on the governor's race and, mostly, on a relatively small number of bare-knuckle House races.

The Most Important Perry

Over the last decade, two Republicans with the last name Perry have dominated the Texas political landscape. One is Rick, the state’s longest-serving governor. The other is Bob (no relation), the state’s largest individual political donor during that time — with no close second. Since 2000, the wealthy Houston home builder has contributed about $28 million to more than 400 candidates and political action committees in Texas, according to an analysis of campaign-finance data by The Texas Tribune. During that time, he's also contributed at least $38 million more to candidates and groups outside of Texas.

Interactive: 8-Day Campaign Finance Reports

Candidates in Texas political races filed reports this week itemizing how they financed their campaigns from Sept. 24-Oct. 23. The data show each candidate's totals for fundraising, spending, outstanding loans and cash left to spend. Sort the records by selecting the field headings or filter them by election type, political party and candidate status.