Murphy Announces Retirement as Senate Tees Up Redistricting

Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston), the House Republican Caucus chair, announced he would not seek re-election, saying he is “looking forward to life’s next great opportunity.” Murphy becomes the 13th House member elected to the 87th Legislature who will not be returning....

Israel, Paddie Decide Not to Seek Re-election

Reps. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and Chris Paddie (R-Marsahll) announced they would not seek re-election to the House. “After four legislative sessions and all the special sessions that came with them, I am ready for a new challenge,” Israel said in a statement...

Redistricting Session, Special Election Early Voting Begin

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convened today (Monday). The Senate Special Redistricting Committee will consider Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), which would draw new Senate districts, and Senate Bill 7 by Huffman, which would...

Runoff and Candidate News for September 14

HD10 special: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a September 28 runoff election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie). Early voting begins Monday. Former U.S. Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) faces former Rep....

5 File to Succeed Pacheco

Five candidates filed for the September 28 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio): San Antonio legislative aide Katie Farias (D) Former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio) San Antonio attorney Desi Martinez (D) San Antonio...

Abbott Raised Nearly $2.3M During 1st Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) raised $2.27M during the first special session. His largest contributors for the period were Houston foundation president Nancy Kinder ($250K), Midland investor Douglas Scharbauer ($100K) and San Antonio alcoholic beverage distributor Alan Dreeben...

Abbott Signs Election Bill Already Facing 5 Lawsuits

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the session’s main election bill into law today (Tuesday) in Tyler, and it already faces at least five lawsuits. Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) does not take effect until December 2, which means the changes in law it makes...

Harrison, Wray Advance to HD10 Runoff

Former U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) and former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) advanced to a runoff in tonight’s (Tuesday) special election for HD10. Buoyed by a strong Election Day performance, Harrison finished first with 41% of...

Brief Election News for August 30

HD10 special: Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day. Our likely sporadic live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. here, or you can follow us on Twitter here. HD118 special: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio). Election Legislation: The...

House Achieves Quorum After Threshold Drops to 99

Rep. Leo Pacheco’s (D-San Antonio) resignation is effective today (Thursday), triggering a special election to fill his unexpired term. With HD10 also vacant, the House now has 148 members, which temporarily lowers the threshold for establishing a quorum to 99. While...

8 File to Succeed Ellzey

Eight candidates filed for the August 31 special election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahacie): Kevin Griffin (R), Midlothian rancher Brian Harrison (R), Midlothian former U.S. Health & Human Services official and former...