Tribpedia: Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature is the chief policymaking branch of state government that the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power in the state. It is a bicameral body composed of an upper chamber, the Texas Senate, and a lower chamber, the Texas House. The 181 members are elected from districts throughout Texas.  

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News of Rep. Dawnna Dukes' change in plans fuels questions for potential successors

Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes is honored at the unveiling of the African American Portrait Project at the African American Cultural and heritage Facility in Austin, Texas. June 9, 2014.
Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes is honored at the unveiling of the African American Portrait Project at the African American Cultural and heritage Facility in Austin, Texas. June 9, 2014.

As a news report came out Saturday that state Rep. Dawnna Dukes no longer plans to leave office, the hopefuls looking to succeed her in House District 46 were left wondering whether there was still a campaign left to be run.

Watch video of our conversation with state Sen.-elect Dawn Buckingham and state Rep.-elect Hugh Shine, at Temple College.

Video: A conversation with Dawn Buckingham & Hugh Shine

Watch video of our conversation with state Sen.-elect Dawn Buckingham and state Rep.-elect Hugh Shine, at Temple College.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the Convention of States gathering at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 6, 2016
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the Convention of States gathering at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 6, 2016

Greg Abbott: Convention of states to amend Constitution still needed under Trump

Gov. Greg Abbott squared the new political reality Tuesday with his long-standing crusade to amend the U.S. Constitution by arguing President-elect Donald Trump "epitomizes exactly why we need a convention of states."

Hundreds of guests gathered on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol to mark the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial, which depicts the more than four centuries of contributions of blacks in the state's history.
Hundreds of guests gathered on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol to mark the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial, which depicts the more than four centuries of contributions of blacks in the state's history.

Texans remember, rejoice during African-American monument's unveiling

State officials joined hundreds of other dignitaries Saturday in celebrating the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial at the Texas Capitol.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.

As first bills are filed, battle lines for 2017 session begin to emerge

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signaled an aggressive conservative agenda for the senate with his priority list, while House Democrats promised to focus on "kitchen table" issues. 

Sculptor Ed Dwight talked with workers who were installing the Texas African-American History Memorial Monument at the Texas Capitol on Sept. 27, 2016.
Sculptor Ed Dwight talked with workers who were installing the Texas African-American History Memorial Monument at the Texas Capitol on Sept. 27, 2016.

African-American Monument Being Installed at Texas Capitol

After more than two decades of effort by lawmakers to install a monument at the Capitol celebrating African-Americans, the main components of a bronze and granite memorial were quietly lowered onto the south lawn on Tuesday.