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Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy creates graphics, interactive stories and data-driven features, wrangles difficult datasets and works on tools to make development for the team more efficient. He also oversees the design and maintenance of our large-scale explorers.

Recent Contributions

Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Ryan Murphy

Map: Not All Voting Age Populations Are Equal

Having each House or Senate district match the others in size masks big differences in voting age populations that greatly affect politics and elections. Use our maps to explore the numbers and see how House and Senate districts compare to statewide averages.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Nicholas Danforth

Visualization: The Lobbyist Revolving Door

Since relinquishing their seats in January, 11 former House members and one former state senator have registered as lobbyists with the Texas Ethics Commission — and several of them are working for clients in industries they regulated in the Legislature. 

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Ryan Murphy / Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Interactive: Sorting Lawmakers With the Texas Weekly Index

Going by the Texas Weekly Index, which is based on the results of contested statewide elections over the 2010 and 2012 political cycles, the state's most conservative districts are in the Panhandle. Use this interactive to see charts that illustrate the political climate of each district.

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Todd Wiseman

How Romney and Obama Performed by Legislative District

Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama in Texas, winning in 25 of the state's 36 congressional districts, 20 of the state's 31 Senate districts and 96 of its 150 House districts. These maps, based on numbers provided by the Texas Legislative Council, let you mouse over each district to see what happened there in the November general election for president.

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