House of Representatives
|President of the Senate||David Dewhurst, Republican|
since January 17, 2003
|Speaker of the House||Tom Craddick, Republican|
since January 11, 2003
|Political groups||Democratic Party|
|Last elections||November 7, 2006|
|Meeting place||Texas State Capitol, Austin|
The Texas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Texas. In Government, bicameralism (bi + Latin la ''camera'' chamber is the practice of having two legislative or Parliamentary chambers Thus a bicameral The Texas Senate is the Upper house of the Texas Legislature. The Texas House of Representatives is the Lower house of the Texas Legislature. The President of the Senate is a title often given to the presiding officer speaker or chairman of a Senate. David Dewhurst (born August 18, 1945) is the Republican Lieutenant Governor of Texas. Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the Texas House Thomas Russell “Tom” Craddick (born September 19, 1943) is the first Republican to serve as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Events 1055 - Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. Events 1492 - The Ensisheim Meteorite the oldest Meteorite with a known date of impact strikes the Earth around noon in a Wheat Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The Texas State Capitol, located in Austin Texas, is the fourth building to serve as the seat of Texas government In the United States of America, a state legislature is a generic term referring to the legislative body of any of the country's 50 states. A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. The legislature is a bicameral body composed of the upper house Texas Senate with 31 members, and the lower Texas House of Representatives with 150 members. In Government, bicameralism (bi + Latin la ''camera'' chamber is the practice of having two legislative or Parliamentary chambers Thus a bicameral An upper house is one of two chambers of a Bicameral Legislature, the other chamber being the Lower house. The Texas Senate is the Upper house of the Texas Legislature. A lower house is one of two chambers of a Bicameral Legislature, the other chamber being the Upper house. The Texas House of Representatives is the Lower house of the Texas Legislature. The Legislature meets at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The Texas State Capitol, located in Austin Texas, is the fourth building to serve as the seat of Texas government In Texas, the legislature is arguably considered the most powerful arm of the Texas Government due to its power of the purse to control and direct the activities of state government, as well the strong constitutional connections between the legislature and the Lieutenant Governor of Texas. The Government of Texas wants of a state government as well as governments at the county and municipal levels The power of the purse is the ability of one group to Manipulate and control the actions of another group by withholding Funding, or putting stipulations on the use The Lieutenant Governor of Texas is the second-highest executive office in the government of Texas, a state in the United States of America.
The Legislature replaced the Congress of the Republic of Texas following Texas' entrance into the United States in 1845. mThe Congress of the Republic of Texas was the national legislature of the Republic of Texas established by the Constitution of the Republic of Texas in 1836 The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Year 1845 ( MDCCCXLV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The first session of the legislature met from February 16 to May 13, 1846. The First Texas Legislature convened from 16 February to 13 May 1846 in regular session Events 1249 - Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols Events 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola. For the game see 1846 (board game. Year 1846 ( MDCCCXLVI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display
The legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year.  The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days. The Constitution of the State of Texas is the document that describes the structure and function of the government of the U The Lieutenant Governor, elected statewide separate from the Governor, presides over the Senate, while the Speaker of the House is elected from that body by its members. The Lieutenant Governor of Texas is the second-highest executive office in the government of Texas, a state in the United States of America. Governors of Texas The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the Texas House Both have wide latitude in choosing committee membership in their respective houses and have a large impact on lawmaking in the state.
Only the Governor may call the Legislature into special sessions (the legislature may not call itself into session, as is the case in some other states), and the governor may call as many sessions as he wishes. For example, Governor Rick Perry called three consecutive sessions in 2003 to address congressional redistricting. James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is a Republican Politician and the current Governor of Texas Redistricting, a form of redistribution, is the process of changing of political Borders in the United States The Texas Constitution limits the duration of each special session to 30 days; lawmakers may consider only those issues designated by the Governor in his "call," or proclamation convening the special session (though other issues may be added by the Governor during a session). The Constitution of the State of Texas is the document that describes the structure and function of the government of the U
Both houses of the Legislature are officially organized on a bipartisan basis, with members of both parties serving in leadership positions such as committee chairmanships. Currently (2007), a majority of the members of each chamber are members of the Republican Party.
The Texas Constitution sets the qualifications for election to each house as follows:
Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has term limits. Term limits to offices in the United States: Historical background Term limits or Rotation in office, dates back to the American
Note: The resignation of Robert Puente (D-San Antonio) created a vacancy, making the total representative count 149 instead of 150. The Texas House of Representatives is the Lower house of the Texas Legislature. The Eightieth Texas Legislature met in regular session beginning 9 January 2007. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. His seat will be filled by a special election on May 10, 2008.