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TEXAS LEGISLATURE 101

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  • Texas has a biennial legislature that meets in Regular Session starting on the second Tuesday of January in odd-numbered years.

  • Regular Sessions last for 140 days or twenty weeks. The Governor can also call Special Sessions of the legislature. These last 30 days or until the legislature decides to adjourn.

  • Texas has two lawmaking bodies, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.

  • The House has 150 members elected to two-year terms (average population of district is around 150,000). The presiding officer in the House is the Speaker who is elected by a vote of the members.

  • The Senate has 31 members who normally serve four-year terms (average population of district is around 800,000). The Lt. Governor presides over the Senate and is elected statewide.

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TEXAS LEGISLATURE 101

88TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY

FIND YOUR TEXAS LEGISLATOR   (by entering your address, or browse a list of current)
ELECTED OFFICIALS IN TEXAS.

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