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In U.S. House, Texans' Seats of Power Have Expiration Dates

From left to right: Republican U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Michael McCaul of Austin and Lamar Smith of Austin.
From left to right: Republican U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Michael McCaul of Austin and Lamar Smith of Austin.

Texas Republicans currently hold seven chairmanships in the U.S. House, giving the state an outsized role in moving forward key legislation. But most of those members are due to hand over their gavels in the next five years. Whether the GOP holds on to the chamber or Democrats take over, Texas could see its influence wane.