Republicans retain control of Texas Legislature after election
Texans turned out in record numbers for the 2020 elections, but the “blue wave” that some had predicted failed to materialize. Democrats gained back one seat in the Texas Senate, as anticipated. The partisan breakdown of that chamber now is 18-13 in favor of Republicans, with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick retaining a tight hold on Senate policies and procedures heading into the 2021 session, which begins Jan. 12.
In the House, some observers estimated that as many as 15 seats could flip, handing Democrats a majority for the first time since 2001. But only two incumbents (one Republican, one Democrat) were defeated, no open seats flipped, and the partisan makeup of the House remains 83-67 in favor of Republicans. Once the results were in, drama began to erupt over the selection of a new House speaker.
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