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Texas congressional chairs rally to save their gavels

U.S. Republican Reps. from the Texas delegation (l-r) Top row: Michael McCaul, Mike Conaway, Kevin Brady; Center: Mac Thornberry; Bottom row: Lamar Smith, Pete Sessions and Jeb Hensarling.
U.S. Republican Reps. from the Texas delegation (l-r) Top row: Michael McCaul, Mike Conaway, Kevin Brady; Center: Mac Thornberry; Bottom row: Lamar Smith, Pete Sessions and Jeb Hensarling.

Thanks to two years of heavy fundraising, Texas's seven House chairmen are key players in the GOP effort to hold on to control of the lower chamber amid fears Donald Trump could hurt down-ballot Republicans across the country.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Oct. 9, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Oct. 9, 2015.

House Backs Repeal of Crude Oil Export Ban

A bipartisan team of Texans rounded up an overwhelming majority of U.S. House votes on Friday to back a bill repealing the nation's long-standing ban on exporting domestic crude oil to the international market. But the final House tally wouldn't be enough to overcome a threatened presidential veto.

Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.
Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.

Why Are So Few Texas Women in Congress?

Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.