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Kris Seago
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Government/Political Science
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Full Course
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Academic Lower Division
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Austin Community College
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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