The Texas legislature is bicameral, composed of two house, the Senate and the House of Representatives. There are 31 senators and 150 representatives.
The Texas legislature is unique because it is a part-time legislature. Both the Senate and House only meet for 140 days every other year. The 86th legislative session will be from January to May of 2019.
The House of Representatives is presided over by the Speaker of the House, elected by the Representatives, while the Lieutenant Governor, elected by the people, presides over the Senate. The governor has veto power over bills passed by the legislature, as well as line-item veto power over the budget. The governor can also call short, special sessions of the legislature to address specific issues in an agenda that the executive sets.
This November 2018, all 150 Texas Representatives and 15 of the 31 Texas Senators are up for reelection. It is vital that you know who is running to represent you and that you ensure they know the value and impact of the arts in your community and in their legislative districts. Click here for a list of the 2018 candidates.