The Texas House of Representatives saw some changes in its makeup following the mid-term elections on November 6th, 2018. The House will have 84 Republicans and 66 Democrats to begin the 86th Legislative Session as 12 seats switched from Republican to Democrat. And, we have seen that Representative Greg Bonnen (R-25) has replaced former Representative Joe Straus as Speaker of the House.
The Texas Senate also has some fairly significant changes. It will have 30 Senators at the beginning of next session as Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) won her Congressional race and will resign her state Senate seat. The initial makeup will be 19 Republicans and 11 Democrats. Two Republicans lost their seats - Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) and Don Huffines (R-Dallas). They will be replaced by Beverly Powell (D) and Nathan Johnson (D), respectively. Other newcomers to the Texas Senate are Rep. Pat Fallon (R), who replaces Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls); Angela Paxton (R), who replaces Van Taylor (R-Plano); and Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), who defeated Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) in a special election earlier this year.
The 12 GOP House districts won by Democrats have at least one thing in common: They're located on the outskirts of Texas' biggest cities, with Republican representatives losing in the suburbs of Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.
It was also an election marked by women winning in races across the country. Nine of the Democrats who prevailed in the 14 Texas House and Senate seats are women.
The midterm elections also mark the beginning of the final push towards the start of the 86th Congressional Session in Texas. Texans for the Arts is looking forward to working with members of both parties to achieve our goal of increased funding and investment in the arts across Texas, enhancing the quality of life for residents, being a beacon for tourism, growing our economy, and strengthening the education of our children....through the arts!
For a comprehensive breakdown of each state-wide race and election results, click HERE.