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81st Regular Session
January 13, 2009 - June 1, 2009

Leadership

Governor: Rick Perry -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: David Dewhurst

Speaker(s) of the House: Joe Straus  - (Proclamations)

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 81st Regular Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (81st R.S.)
Senate Rules (81st R.S.)

Staff Directories for the 81st Regular Session
House Research Organization. Legislative Staff: 81st Legislature

Bill statistics for the 81st Legislature, Regular Session

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 4836 285 140 3140 2583 87 50 1117 7419 12238
Passed 867 203 9 3073 592 55 0 1111 1459 5910
Vetoed 20 2 0 0 16 1 0 0 36 39

Membership Statistics for the 81st Legislature

DescriptionHouse
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender *
Male 113 25 138
Female 37 6 43
Party affiliation *
Democrat 74 12 86
Republican 76 19 95
Incumbency **
Incumbents 128 29 157
Freshmen 20 2 22
Age *
Under 30 1   0
30 - 39 25   1   26 
40 - 49 35   3   38 
50 - 59 48   20   68 
60 - 69 37   7   44 
70 and over 4   0

* Gender, party affiliation, and age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: 01/13/2009.
Statistics for race and ethnicity are not available.

** Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshman totals include members whose first terms began the first day of session: 01/13/2009.

    Not included as incumbent or freshman:
  • Rep.Al Edwards (first served in 66th session)
  • Rep.Todd Hunter (first served in 71st session)