Tribpedia: Texas Senate

The Texas Senate is the upper chamber of the state's bicameral Legislature. It is comprised of 31 state senators and the lieutenant governor, who serves as president of the Senate.

Senators serve four-year terms and are not term limited.

The second-highest post in the Senate is the president pro-tempore, who can come from either party and is usually determined ...

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick  gaveled out the 85th legislative session for the Texas Senate on May 29, 2017.  Patrick hinted at a special session later this year to take care of issues that weren't resolved during the regular session. 
<p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick &nbsp;gaveled out the 85th legislative session for the Texas Senate on May 29, 2017. &nbsp;Patrick hinted at a special session later this year to take care of issues that weren't resolved during the regular session.&nbsp;</p>

Uncertainty, deep tension mark the end of the 85th regular session

The 85th legislative session came to a close Monday amid uncertainty over whether Gov. Greg Abbott would call lawmakers back for overtime. Tensions ran high up until the session's end. 

State Sen, Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, is shown during a Texas Tribune event in 2012, when he was a member of the state House.
<p>State Sen, Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, is shown during a Texas Tribune event in 2012, when he was a member of the state House.</p>

Senate passes "second chances" bill for nonviolent offenders

The Texas Senate has approved its version of House Bill 3016, which would make it easier for people to apply for jobs if they have low-level offenses on their records. Such applicants would not be required to disclose their offenses.

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, reviewed a list of bills on the local and consent calendar while taking the back mic of the Texas House on May 9, 2017. &nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, reviewed a list of bills on the local and consent calendar while taking the back mic of the Texas House on May 9, 2017. &nbsp;</p>

Analysis: How the Texas House’s slow play could play into Senate’s hands

The House left an important bill in a dangerous spot, lost it, and might have created an advantage for their institutional rivals on the other end of the Texas Capitol.

State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.
State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.

Texas Senate accounting maneuver finds $2.5B in budget; Straus calls it “cooking the books”

By delaying a diversion of sales tax money for transportation projects, Texas Senate leaders said they had an additional $2.5 billion to spend on needs such as health care and schools.

Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.
Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.

Convention of states resolution is on its way to full Texas Senate

The Senate State Affairs Committee addressed one of Gov. Greg Abbott's four emergency items Thursday: passing a resolution showing the state backs an Article V convention. 

State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, the chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, listened to testimony during a Sept. 14, 2016, committee meeting.
State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, the chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, listened to testimony during a Sept. 14, 2016, committee meeting.

At the Texas Capitol, the union dues bill is back

Legislation to stop automatic payroll deductions for most public employee unions is back after failing two years ago. Supporters say the state shouldn't be involved in collecting union dues; opponents say the GOP is trying to cripple certain unions.