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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)

Membership Statistics for the 84th Legislature

DescriptionHouse
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender *
Male 120 23 143
Female 28 8 36
Total 148 31 179
Party affiliation *
Democrat 51 11 62
Republican 97 20 117
Total 148 31 179
Incumbency **
Incumbents 123 23 146
Freshmen 24 8 32
Total 147 31 178
Age *
Under 30 0 0 0
30 - 39 28   0 28 
40 - 49 46   3   49 
50 - 59 35   12   47 
60 - 69 31   14   45 
70 and over 8   2   10 
Total 148 31 179

* Gender, party affiliation, and age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: 01/13/2015. House Districts 13 and 123 are not included due to pending special elections.

** Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshmen totals include members whose first terms began the first day of session: 01/13/2015. House members who were elected to the Senate are considered freshmen in the Senate.

    Not included as incumbent or freshman:
  • Rep.Rodney Anderson (first served in 82nd session)

Membership statistics for the 83rd Legislature

DescriptionHouse
Members
Senate***
Members
Total
Gender *
Male 119 24 143
Female 31 6 37
Party affiliation *
Democrat 55 11 66
Republican 95 19 114
Incumbency **
Incumbents 106 25 132
Freshmen 41 5 46
Age *
Under 30 2   0
30 - 39 25   0 25 
40 - 49 43   5   48 
50 - 59 46   14   60 
60 - 69 30   11   41 
70 and over 3   0
No response 0

* Gender, party affiliation, and age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: 01/08/2013.

** Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshman totals include members whose first terms began the first day of session: 01/08/2013.

    Not included as incumbent or freshman:
  • Rep.Abel Herrero (first served in 79th session)
  • Rep.Joseph E. Moody (first served in 81st session)
  • Rep.Chris Turner (first served in 81st session)

*** Senator Mario Gallegos died on 10/16/2012. Election laws required his name to remain on the general election ballot, and he was elected to the 83rd Senate. He is not included in the statistics above.

Membership Statistics for the 82nd Legislature

DescriptionHouse
Members***
Senate
Members
Total
Gender *
Male 118 25 143
Female 32 6 38
Party affiliation *
Democrat 49 12 61
Republican 101 19 120
Incumbency **
Incumbents 113 29 142
Freshmen 35 2 37
Age *
Under 30 2   0
30 - 39 21   0 21 
40 - 49 35   4   39 
50 - 59 54   13   67 
60 - 69 32   13   45 
70 and over 6   1  

* Gender, party affiliation, and age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: 01/11/2011.

** Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshman totals include members whose first terms began the first day of session: 01/11/2011.

    Not included as incumbent or freshman:
  • Rep. William 'Bill' Zedler (first served in 78th session)
  • Rep. Borris Miles (first served in 80th session)
  • Rep. Jim Murphy (first served in 80th session)

*** Rep. Edmund Kuempel died on 11/4/2010. He was elected to the 82nd House of Representatives on 11/2/2010. He is not included in the statistics above.

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.

** 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)

Membership Statistics for the 80th Legislature

DescriptionHouse
Members**
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 117 27 144
Female 32 4 36
Party affiliation
Democrat 69 11 79
Republican 80 20 101
Incumbency ***
Incumbents 125 26 151
Freshmen 23 5 28
Age
Under 30 5   0
30 - 39 19   1   20 
40 - 49 41   4   45 
50 - 59 43   20   63 
60 - 69 35   6   41 
70 and over 6   0

* All calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: 01/09/2007.

** Rep. Glenda Dawson died on 9/12/2006. Election laws required her name to remain on the general election ballot, and she was elected to the 80th House of Representatives on 11/07/2006. She is not included in the statistics above.

*** Incumbent totals include only those members who served in the 79th Legislature. Freshman totals include only those members whose first term began the first day of the 80th Legislature, 01/09/2007. Rep. Wayne Christian, who first served in the 75th session and is returning after a break in service, is not included in either category.

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.

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

Membership statistics for the 78th Legislature

Description House
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 118 27 145
Female 32 4 36
Party affiliation
Democrat 62 12 74
Republican 88 19 107
Incumbency
Incumbents* 113 24 137
Freshmen** 36 7 43
Ethnicity***
African-American 14 2 16
Asian-American 1 0 1
Caucasian 105 22 127
Hispanic 30 7 37
Age****
Under 30 5 0 5
30 - 39 18 0 18
40 - 49 53 7 60
50 - 59 31 19 50
60 - 69 35 5 40
70 and over 8 0 8

* Does not include Ron Clark--he formally declined seat.

** Includes Sen. Kip Averitt, Sen. Kyle Janek, Sen.Craig Estes, and Rep. Debbie Riddle. Does not include Rep. Roberto Alonzo as a freshman--he previously served in 73rd - 74th Legislatures; his freshman session was the 73rd and he is not an incumbent from the 77th Legislature.

*** Terms beginning on or before 01/14/2003.

**** Age statistics are calculated based on the first day of session--January 14, 2003.

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

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Membership statistics for the 77th Legislature

Description House
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 120 27 147
Female 30 4 34
Party affiliation
Democrat 78 15 93
Republican 72 16 88
Incumbency
Incumbents 139 30 169
Freshmen* 11 2 13
Ethnicity**
African-American 14 2 16
Caucasian 108 22 130
Hispanic 27 7 34
Age
Under 30 3 0 3
30-39 17 1 18
40-49 51 9 60
50-59 45 14 59
60-69 25 7 32
70 and over 9 0 9

* Includes Rep. Crownover, elected 05/2000; Rep. Villarreal, elected 02/2000 and Sen. Van De Putte, elected 11/1999. (76th Regular Session ended 05/31/1999.)

** Terms beginning on or before 01/09/2001.

Senate ethnicity source: Secretary of the Senate memo, February 5, 2003, 'Texas Senate: 63rd - 78th Legislatures'. Secretary of the Senate. 2003.
House ethnicity source: House Chief Clerk's Office, lists of House members and race, 70th - 78th Legislatures. House Chief Clerk's Office. 2003.
Additional sources: Office of the Secretary of the Senate, Texas Senate and Office of the Chief Clerk, Texas House of Representatives

Membership statistics for 76th Legislature

Description House
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 121 28 149
Female 29 3 32
Party affiliation
Democrat 78 15 93
Republican 72 16 88
Incumbency
Incumbents 139 29 169
Freshmen 26* 2 28
Ethnicity**
African-American 14 2 16
Caucasian 108 22 130
Hispanic 28 7 35
Age
Under 30 2 0 2
30-39 21 1 22
40-49 54 12 66
50-59 39 13 52
60-69 26 5 31
70 and over 4 0 4
No response 4 0 4

* Includes Representative Capelo, elected 05/1998 (before the end of the 76th Regular Session.)

** Terms beginning on or before 01/12/1999.

Senate ethnicity source: Secretary of the Senate memo, February 5, 2003, 'Texas Senate: 63rd - 78th Legislatures'. Secretary of the Senate. 2003.
House ethnicity source: House Chief Clerk's Office, lists of House members and race, 70th - 78th Legislatures. House Chief Clerk's Office. 2003.
Additional sources: Office of the Secretary of the Senate, Texas Senate and Office of the Chief Clerk, Texas House of Representatives

Membership statistics for the 75th Legislature

Description House
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 121 28 149
Female 29 3 32
Party affiliation
Democrat 82 14 96
Republican 68 16 84
Incumbency
Incumbents 124 25 149
Freshmen * 26 6 32
Ethnicity**
African-American 14 2 16
Caucasian 108 21 129
Hispanic 28 7 35
Age
Under 30 1 0 1
30-39 31 2 33
40-49 49 15 64
50-59 48 9 57
60-69 17 5 22
70 and over 3 0 3
No response 1 0 1

* Includes Rep. Galloway, elected 11/1996; Rep. Hupp, elected 11/1996; Rep. McClendon, elected 11/1996; Rep. Roman, elected 02/1997; Sen. Carona, elected 06/1996; Sen. Duncan, elected 12/1996 and Sen. Ogden, elected 02/1997. (74th Legislative Session ended 05/29/1995.)

** Terms beginning on or before 01/14/1997.

Senate ethnicity source: Secretary of the Senate memo, February 5, 2003, 'Texas Senate: 63rd - 78th Legislatures'. Secretary of the Senate. 2003.
House ethnicity source: House Chief Clerk's Office, lists of House members and race, 70th - 78th Legislatures. House Chief Clerk's Office. 2003.
Additional sources: Office of the Secretary of the Senate, Texas Senate and Office of the Chief Clerk, Texas House of Representatives

Membership statistics for the 74th Legislature

Description House
Members
Senate
Members
Total
Gender
Male 121 27 148
Female 29 4 33
Party affiliation
Democrat 87 17 104
Republican 63 14 77
Incumbency
Incumbents 127 26 153
Freshmen * 23 5 28
Ethnicity**
African-American 14 2 16
Caucasian 109 22 131
Hispanic 26 7 33
Age
Under 30 2 0 2
30-39 34 1 35
40-49 56 14 70
50-59 36 12 48
60-69 20 2 22
70 and over 2 1 3

* Includes Rep. Reyna, elected 12/1993 and Rep. Staples, elected 02/1995. (73rd Legislative Session ended 05/31/1993).

** Terms beginning on or before 01/10/1995.

Senate ethnicity source: Secretary of the Senate memo, February 5, 2003, 'Texas Senate: 63rd - 78th Legislatures'. Secretary of the Senate. 2003.
House ethnicity source: House Chief Clerk's Office, lists of House members and race, 70th - 78th Legislatures. House Chief Clerk's Office. 2003.