Government & Public Policy

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U.S. Government

Congressman Joaquin Castro from San Antonio has joined a growing list of Democrats who say they will not attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration Friday.  

Castro says he’s not going because Donald Trump has shown “contempt for many Americans.” He cited Trump’s recent criticism of civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis who Trump said was, “All talk, talk, talk- no action or results.”


U.S. House of Representatives

H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt announced a $100-million public education project Tuesday aimed at training and developing principals and superintendents to be better school administrators. 

The Holdsworth Center, is being named for Charles Butt’s mother Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, a long time advocate for public education and social justice.

Kate Rogers, the Holdsworth Center’s executive vice president says the center will serve as a transformational leadership academy for school district superintendents throughout Texas.

Ryan Poppe

Tuesday afternoon, members in the Texas House of Representatives opened the legislative session by unanimously reelecting Rep. Joe Straus as House Speaker.  This will be the fifth time they’ve chosen the San Antonio Republican to lead their chamber. 

Straus’ re-election Tuesday was part of the ceremony that’s marks every  first day of a legislative session….  But this time was different

In the past tea party conservatives have aggressively campaigned against the more moderate Straus- they’ve tried to unseat him. This time Straus had no opponents.

When the Texas Legislature gaveled in Tuesday, state representatives unanimously re-elected Rep. Joe Straus to his fifth term as Speaker of the House.  

In the past tea party conservatives have campaigned against the more moderate Straus, sometimes with vicious attacks. This time the San Antonio Republican had no challengers. 

Ryan Poppe / TPR News

This year marks the 85th Texas Legislative Session.  The first regular session was held in 1846, the year after Texas entered the Union.  The Legislature meets every other year beginning on the second Tuesday in January- that’s January 10 this year.  The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days.

Here are some other numbers that define this year’s Texas Legislature: