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


Governor: Greg Abbott -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick

Speaker(s) of the House: Joe Straus 


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

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

Membership Statistics for the 85th Legislature

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)