Author:
Kris Seago
Subject:
Government/Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Level:
Academic Lower Division
Provider:
Austin Community College
Tags:
ACC Liberal Arts, ACC OER
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English
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Qualifications for Service in the Texas Legislature

Overview

Qualifications for Service in the Texas Legislature

Learning Objective

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the qualifications for service in the Texas State Legislature

Introduction

This section describes the qualifications for service and terms of office for Texas State Legislators.

Picture of Carol Alvarado and Carol Davis
Figure 3.4 State Senator Carol Alvarado and State Representative Sarah Davis conduct a joint presentation on education reform to a Texas Association of Business meeting in 2019. Image Credit: Andrew Teas License: CC BY

 

Qualifications for Service in the Legislature

The following are the legal requirements in order for someone to meet the qualifications to become a member of the Texas Legislature.

Texas Representative (House)

  • U.S. Citizen

  • 2 years as a resident of Texas

  • 12 months as a resident of their District

  • At least 21 years old

  • 2 year terms with unlimited terms, no term limit

 

Barbara Gervin-Hawkins
Figure 3.5 State Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-San Antonio) explains a bill to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee in April 2019. Image Credit: Andrew Teas License: CC BY

Texas Senator

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 5 years as a resident of Texas
  • 12 months as a resident of their District
  • At least 26 years old
  • 4-year terms with unlimited terms, no term limit
Brandon Creighton
Figure 3.6 Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Woodlands) at a Committee Hearing in 2019. Image Credit: Andrew Teas Image Credit: Andrew Teas License: CC BY

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Revision and Adaptation: Membership in the Texas Legislature. Authored by: John Osterman. License: CC BY: Attribution