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State of Texas
Texas Legislature Convenes for 86th Session
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday with newly-elected and re-elected officials being sworn into office to begin the new session.

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley convened the Texas House of Representatives.

"Each one of you is expected to rise to the challenge of addressing issues that face Texans in their everyday lives, and to do so in a way that is uniquely Texan: with honor, integrity, strength, and with our Texas pride," Secretary Whitley said. "You must always bear in mind that the decisions you make impact not only your lives, but also the lives of your fellow Texans, and your priorities must always be with them." News Release

During the initial convening of the Texas House of Representatives, State Representative Dennis Bonnen was elected as Speaker of the House.

“Dennis is a principled and skilled leader, and I know he is ready to take on the tough challenges we are facing this legislative session,” Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said. “I look forward to working with him and I am confident our collaboration will lead to positive and bold public policy for the people of Texas and the future of our state.” News Release

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Heck administered the oath of office to newly-elected Senators.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Senate then the House at the start of the session. Listen (6:01)

The Senate plans to discuss legislation to address issues including public school finance reform and property tax reform. News Release

Also during the meeting, Abbott administered the oath of office to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his second term in office.

“I am deeply honored to be granted the opportunity to serve the citizens of Texas as their attorney general for a second term,” Paxton said. “Protecting Texans, fighting federal overreach, and upholding Texas law and the Constitution remain among my top priorities. I’m blessed and grateful to have an exceptional team of dedicated public servants in my office who are dedicated to serving the people of Texas.” News Release

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