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85th Regular Session
January 10, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Leadership

Governor: Greg Abbott -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick

Speaker(s) of the House: Joe Straus 

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 85th Regular Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (85th R.S.)
Senate Rules (85th R.S.)

Staff Directories for the 85th Regular Session
House Research Organization. Legislative Staff: 85th Legislature

Membership Statistics for the 85th Legislature

DescriptionHouse
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender *
Male 121 23 144
Female 29 8 37
Total 150 31 181
Party affiliation *
Democrat 55 11 66
Republican 95 20 115
Total 150 31 181
Incumbency **
Incumbents 124 28 152
Freshmen 22 3 25
Total 146 31 177
Age *
Under 30 0 0 0
30 - 39 26 0 26
40 - 49 48 6 54
50 - 59 35 11 46
60 - 69 30 9 39
70 and over 10 5 15

* Gender, party affiliation, and age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: 01/10/2017.

** Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshmen totals include members whose first terms began the first day of session: 01/10/2017. House members who were elected to the Senate are considered freshmen in the Senate.

    Not included as incumbent or freshman:
  • Rep.Hugh D. Shine (first served in 69th session)
  • Rep.Lance Gooden (first served in 82nd session)
  • Rep.Philip Cortez (first served in 83rd session)
  • Rep.Mary Ann Perez (first served in 83rd session)

Bill statistics for the 85th Legislature, Regular Session

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 4333 138 111 2707 2298 64 58 963 6631 10672
Passed 700 68 3 2682 511 29 6 961 1211 4960
Vetoed 36 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 51 51