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....

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...

Redistricting Prepares to Take the Stage

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convenes at noon tomorrow (Monday). Redistricting and a handful of other items are on Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) proclamation (PDF) calling the session. Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) pre-filed Senate Bill 4, that...

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...

Candidate and Redistricting News for September 1

HD10 special: Brian Harrison (R), the first-place finisher in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) special election, called on former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) to “not pursue a costly and unnecessary runoff.” Harrison finished five points ahead of Wray, 41%-36%, because a...

Census Reveals a More Diverse, Unevenly Growing Texas

The U.S. Census Bureau released block-level data needed for redistricting today (Thursday). The state’s total population of 29.1M was previously announced with the congressional apportionment data. Today’s release includes far more detail and at a much more granular...

Second Special Session Starts Saturday

Gov. Greg Abbott has called a second special session, which will convene on Saturday at noon. The First Called Session ends tomorrow (Friday), though it has been effectively over for weeks following House Democrats’ quorum break. His proclamation includes two...

Wray Announces Candidacy and Other News for July 29

HD10 open: As expected, former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) announced he would seek the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie). “I took time off to spend more time with my family and or Ellis County community,” Wray said in a statement....

Prosecutors: AG Trial Venue Fight Not Over

As expected, the attorneys charged with prosecuting Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) have appealed a ruling sending the criminal fraud case back to Collin Co. from Harris Co., where it has transferred more than four years ago. A divided panel of three Democratic justices...

By the Numbers: Ideal Population Comparison

5 Number of U.S. states with a smaller population than an ideal Texas Senate district after redistricting. The ideal population is the number of people in a district if all districts had equal population. For the upcoming redistricting process, that ideal population...

Texas Gains 2 U.S. House Seats

Texas gained two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, giving it 38, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which released state population totals and the results of congressional apportionment today (Monday). This means the winner of Texas in the 2024 and 2028...