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True or False: Texas state representatives are elected for two year terms, and state senators are elected for four year terms.
Speaker Joe Straus has a much more perplexing challenge than his counterpart on the other side of the Capitol, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. After all, the tall, genial Houstonian, first elected to preside over the Senate in 2002, has only thirty-one senators in his charge. Poor Straus, of San Antonio, recently elected to his third term as Speaker without dissent, has 149 other members he has try to herd. And another big difference is Straus is chosen by his peers and Dewhurst is elected by the voters.
When the 83rd edition of the Texas House of Representatives was gaveled to order January 8, observers required a roster with photos to identify the forty-one rookies being sworn in. It's the biggest crop of freshmen members in a while, and combined with those elected to second terms this cycle, the One-Term-and-Less Gang makes up almost 50% of the 150 members.
When Ronald W. Reagan dominated the national political scene in the 80’s, one of his familiar refrains was that all Republicans should strictly observe what he called the 11th commandment: “Never speak ill of another member of your party.”