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Current Articles & Research Resources, January 21

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Consider whether Americans think another round of economic stimulus will be necessary in the coming months. (Pew Research Center, January 19, 2021)
  • Explore the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's 2021 calendar of events. (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, accessed January 20, 2021)
  • Review advisory bulletins related to COVID-19 from the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. (Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, updated January 15, 2021)
  • Find locations of vaccine hubs in Texas by county. (Texas Department of State Health Services, updated January 20, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 14

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Consider apprenticeships as a pathway to working in a licensed occupation. (National Conference of State Legislature, January 2021)
  • Review recent crash statistics related to highway traffic. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed January 14, 2021)
  • Read about approaching environmental issues from a foreign policy perspective. (The Heritage Foundation, January 11, 2021)
  • See which counties in Texas are under burn bans. (Texas A&M Forest Service, updated daily)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Preview of the 87th Legislature

Below you'll find a preview of the 87th Texas Legislature. New and returning members will be sworn in on January 12, 2021, the opening day of the regular session.

Membership statistics for previous sessions are available on the library's Member statistics page.

 

Summary of the 87th Legislature

 

PARTY HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Total 149* 31 180
Democrat 67 13 80
Republican 82 18 100

 

GENDER HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Total 149* 31 180
Male 111 21 132
Female 38 10 48

 

INCUMBENCY** HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Total 148** 31 179
Incumbents 132** 27 159
Freshmen 16 4 20

 

AGE*** HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Under 30 0 0 0
30-39 16 0 16
40-49 43 1 44
50-59 44 15 59
60-69 29 7 36
70 and over 17 8 25
No response 1 0 1
Total 149 31 180
Average 53.8 61.5 55.4

*House District 68 is TBD in a special runoff election on January 23, 2021. Governor's Proclamation, December 28, 2021.
**Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshman totals include members whose first terms begin the first day of session: January 12, 2021. Not included as incumbent or freshman: Mike Schofield (first served in 84th-85th sessions).
***Age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: January 12, 2021.

 

 

Members not returning to the 87th Texas Legislature

 

Texas House of Representatives

HOUSE DISTRICT NOT RETURNING REPLACEMENT
100 Lorraine Birabil (D)



Eric Johnson (D) in 86th R.S.
Jasmine Crockett (D)
76 César Blanco (D)
Elected to Senate District 29
Claudia Ordaz Perez (D)
138 Dwayne Bohac (R) Lacey Hull (R)
25 Dennis Bonnen (R) Cody Vasut (R)
132 Gina Calanni (D) Mike Schofield (R)
134 Sarah Davis (R) Ann Johnson (D)
148 Anna Eastman (D)



Jessica Farrar (D)
in the 86th R.S.
Penny Morales Shaw (D)
2 Dan Flynn (R) Bryan Slaton (R)
119 Roland Gutierrez (D)
Elected to Senate District 19
Liz Campos (D)
60 Mike Lang (R) Glenn Rogers (R)
26 Rick Miller (R) Jacey Jetton (R)
74 Poncho Nevárez (D) Eddie Morales (D)
59 J.D. Sheffield (R) Shelby Slawson (R)
68 Drew Springer (R)
Elected to Senate District 30
  Special election to be held January
23, 2021 (Governor's Proclamation)
92 Jonathan Stickland (R) Jeff Cason (R)
10 John Wray (R) Jake Ellzey (R)
96 Bill Zedler (R) David Cook (R)
28 John Zerwas (R) Gary Gates (R)

 

Texas Senate

SENATE DISTRICT NOT RETURNING REPLACEMENT
30 Pat Fallon (R) Drew Springer (R)
19 Pete Flores (R) Roland Gutierrez (D)
29 José Rodriguez (R) César Blanco (D)
14 Kirk Watson (D) Sarah Eckhardt (D)

Photos of new members will be added once they're available.

Sunset Commission Meeting, January 13

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 7

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Track COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. (Texas Department of State Health Services, accessed January 6, 2021)
  • Expect the release of the Biennial Revenue Estimate on Monday, January 11. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Accessed January 5, 2020)
  • See where the United States ranks in the most recent Human Freedom Index. (Cato Institute / Fraser Institute, ©2020)
  • Explore state-by-state data about sales tax collections. (U.S. Census Bureau, January 5, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.