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78th Regular Session
January 14, 2003 - June 2, 2003

Leadership

Governor: Rick Perry -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: David Dewhurst

Speaker(s) of the House: Tom Craddick  - (Proclamations)

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 78th Regular Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (78th R.S.)
Senate Rules (78th R.S.)

Staff Directories for the 78th Regular Session
House Research Organization. Legislative Staff: 78th Legislature

Bill statistics for the 78th Legislature Regular Session

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 3636 306 100 2030 1956 75 61 1068 5592 9232
Passed 825 230 15 1988 559 45 6 1056 1384* 4724
Vetoed 33 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 50 50

*HB 2180 bill was reported enrolled by the House, but was returned to the Senate for further action.

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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