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Texas Legislature

NameTexas Legislature
Coa PicSeal_of_Texas.svg
Session RoomTexas State Capitol building-front left front oblique view.JPG
House TypeBicameral
House of Representatives
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1David Dewhurst
Election1January 17, 2003
Leader2 TypeSpeaker of the House
Leader2Joe Straus
Election2January 13, 2009
Members181 (150 in the House; 31 in the Senate)
Political Groups1Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last Election1November 2, 2010
Meeting PlaceTexas State Capitol, Austin

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The Legislature of the State of Texas is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Texas. The legislature is a bicameral body composed of a 31-member Senate and a 150-member House of Representatives. The Legislature meets at the Capitol in Austin. The Legislature is arguably considered the most powerful arm of the Texas government not only because of its power of the purse to control and direct the activities of state government and the strong constitutional connections between it and the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, but also due to Texas's plural executive.

The Legislature is the constitutional successor of the Congress of the Republic of Texas since Texas's 1845 entrance into the Union. The Legislature held its first regular session from February 16 to May 13, 1846.

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