U.S. Rep. Joe Barton's startling retirement amid unsavory headlines — coupled with a turbulent national political environment — makes the open-seat race to replace him uncharted territory for candidates from both parties.
In the Republican primary runoff in Texas' 6th Congressional District, Jake Ellzey and Ron Wright are looking to advance in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Barton. Hear what they have to say about immigration, climate change and more.
"Why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk?" U.S. Rep. Joe Barton asked the Facebook CEO Wednesday, continuing a line of questioning that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz began a day earlier.
This year, Texas lawmakers met for an explosive legislative session that nearly ended in blows, the governor called an ambitious special session, a hurricane ravaged the coast and scandals rocked the state's members of Congress.
On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Evan, Ross and Patrick about the fallout from a graphic nude picture of Congressman Joe Barton, the fired A&M football coach's $10 million payout and the latest in campaign news.
A half-dozen members of the Texas congressional delegation have already given up their seats — and the elections haven't even started yet. This cycle could see more changes than a redistricting year, when disruption is the norm.
by Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos that he would report her to the Capitol Police if she exposed his behavior, according to a recording reviewed by The Washington Post.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, released a statement Wednesday apologizing for a graphic nude photo of him that circulated on social media earlier this week. He announced his re-election bid earlier this month.
A landmark Republican overhaul to the country's health care system may have died in its track Thursday. Three Texas Republicans were among those pushing for changes to the bill before agreeing to support it.
Funding to combat the Zika virus. Restructuring Puerto Rico's debt. And, oh yeah, keeping the government running. Congress has a short period to tackle some big issues. In nearly every battle, Texans are playing major roles.
Texas Republicans currently hold seven chairmanships in the U.S. House, giving the state an outsized role in moving forward key legislation. But almost all of those members are due to to hand over their gavels in the next five years.
With more Republicans joining the cause — including six Texans — the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 313-118, on Tuesday to reauthorize the controversial Export-Import Bank of the United States.