Want to know what parts of the state are best represented on certain House committees? Use our interactive map to explore the geographic distribution of the lawmakers appointed to each committee for the 83rd legislative session. Click here to view the Senate version. A few quick observations:
- The Land & Resource Management Committee has no representatives from the central and western parts of the state. Nearly half of the lawmakers on the committee come from districts located between Lubbock and Dallas-Fort Worth.
- The House Transporation Committee has a representative from each large city in the state except for Austin. Dallas has three: Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving; Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale; and Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas. Houston has two, Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, and Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball.
- More than half of the House Human Services Committee is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Austin, Houston, Laredo and El Paso round out the rest of the group with one member a piece.
See anything else of interest? Let us know here. To use the interactive, select a committee from the drop down menu and watch the map populate. The district of each committee member will appear, color-coded based on his or her position on that committee.