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79th Regular Session
January 11, 2005 - May 30, 2005

Leadership

Governor: Rick Perry -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: David Dewhurst

Speaker(s) of the House: Tom Craddick  - (Proclamations)

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 79th Regular Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (79th R.S.)
Senate Rules (79th R.S.)

Staff Directories for the 79th Regular Session
House Research Organization. Legislative Staff: 79th Legislature

Bill statistics for the 79th Legislature, Regular Session

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 3592 250 102 2316 1892 43 43 1109 5484 9347
Passed 876 171 5 2269 513 27 4 1105 1389 4970
Vetoed 8 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 20 20

Membership statistics for the 79th Legislature

Description House
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 118 27 145
Female 31 4 35
Party affiliation
Democrat 63 12 75
Republican 86 19 105
Incumbency
Incumbents 132 31 163
Freshmen 16 0 16
Age
Under 30 3 0 3
30 - 39 20 0 20
40 - 49 45 5 50
50 - 59 34 22 56
60 - 69 39 4 43
70 and over 8 0 8

* Gender, party affiliation, and age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session, 01/11/05.
** Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshman totals include members whose first terms began the first day of session: 01/11/05. Not included as incumbent or freshman:
Rep. Tracy King (first served in 74th session)
*** Elizabeth Ames-Jones was elected to the 79th House of Representatives, but was not sworn in. She is not included in the statistics above.
***** Melissa Noriega was sworn in on January 11, 2005 as a temporary acting representative to serve as a replacement for Rep. Rick Noriega under Article XVI, Section 72 of the Texas Constitution. The chart above includes statistics for Rep. Rick Noriega only.
Statistics for race and ethnicity are not available.

Sources: Office of the Secretary of the Senate, Texas Senate and Office of the Chief Clerk, Texas House of Representatives