Welcome to OpenGovernment, a free and non-partisan public resource for government transparency. We're a new version of OpenCongress.org for the Texas legislature.
Track bills, votes, and members of the TX Senate and House of Representatives. Follow the money trail and the issues you care about. Contact all of your elected officials. Click a category at left to get started, or find out who represents you below.
Legislators in the News
81st Legislature (Jan 13, 2009 - Dec 2010)
2009 State Population est. 24,782,302 (cit.
Nov. 2, 2010
Nov. 4, 2008
The 82nd Texas Legislature began on January 11th, 2011, and ends on May 30th, 2011. Last year, the vast majority of bills were introduced in March, followed by February and April.
More background on the Texas state legislature and the best explanations of how it works:
- Official Open Government Laws from the Texas Attorney General. This initial effort, besides being insufficiently user-friendly, still falls far short of meeting the Eight Principles of Open Government Data.
- Ballotpedia, including the 2010 elections for the Senate and House of Representatives
- OpenCongress - Texas page, featuring two federal senators and 32 representatives, including what people from Texas are tracking
- OpenCongress Wiki - Texas state blogroll
- GovLoop - social networking for government, including employees from federal, state, and local government.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures' official blog, The Thicket, featuring TX-relevant sites in the left-hand sidebar
- Texas Watchdog
- Stateline - a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics. A project of the Pew Center on the States.
- Sunshine Review - Texas, a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency.
- Common Cause - Texas, a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization.
- Texas Transparency, including a section, Where the Money Goes.
- Texas State Laws online on the Cornell University Legal Information Institute (LII).
Official State Government portal from USA.gov.
... this free public resource is still in early development -- much more to come, and you can help us grow
How did we get the above information? Well, the Texas legislature does not make its data available in ways that are fully open, but we worked around it. Read more about our data sources