Florida State Government Guide

State government has a direct impact on the lives of Texas’s citizens. From health care to education to environmental issues, your state lawmakers make decisions that affect you and your family. But how much do you know about what happens in the state house and senate chambers?

Use this Texas Government Guide to find answers to your questions.

 

How Texas Government Works

Bills passed in the state legislature directly impact your day-to-day life, but how much do you know about how Texas's government works?

Find out about the different branches of government, who’s who in Texas government, what happens in a legislative session, and what bills are expected to come up this year.

 

Find Your State Lawmakers

The Texas Legislature is made up of a Texas Senate and a Texas House of Representatives. Each Texas resident has a state senator and state representative that represents them in Austin. 

Below are the maps for the Texas House and Senate districts. You can zoom in and maneuver each map to where you live. Then, hover your cursor over the district in your area to find your legislator. Click on the district to go to that legislator's website. 

Not sure which district is yours? You can look up all your representatives by going to Texas Legislature Website and typing in your address.

 

KEEP TRACK OF BILLs

Last session, over 8,000 bills were filed between the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives, which was a record. Already, over 500 have been filed for this session, with many more to come.

Do you have an issue that's important to you? Keep tabs on what your lawmakers are talking about so you can be in the know.

Texas Legislature Bill List | Bill Tracker Tool

 

LATEST FROM AUSTIN

Live Updates From Your Lawmakers

Your lawmakers like to use Twitter more and more to make big announcements, give updates on their bills, and share their opinions on a wide variety of subjects.

Our live feed helps you keep track of all our lawmakers in one place so you always know what is happening.

IMPORTANT DATES
  • JANUARY 8, 2019: 86th Legislature convenes.
  • JANUARY 14, 2019: Budget estimates delivered to governor and 86th Legislature.
  • JANUARY 15, 2019: Inauguration of the Governor. General appropriations bill delivered to governor and 86th Legislature.
  • MARCH 8, 2019:  Deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor.
  • MAY 27, 2019: Last day of the session.

Senate Calendar | House Calendar

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