Texas Almanac, 1998-1999 Page: 401
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State Government 401
Texas state government is divided into executive, legislative and judicial branches under the Texas Constitution
adopted in 1876. The chief executive is the Governor, whose term is for 4 years. Other elected state officials with execu-
tive responsibilities include the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of
the General Land Office and Commissioner of Agriculture. The terms of those officials are also 4 years. The Secretary of
State is appointed by the Governor.
Except for making numerous appointments and calling special sessions of the Legislature, the Governor's powers are
limited in comparison with those in most states.
Current state executives and their addresses, phone numbers and proposed salaries for the 1998-99 biennium (the
salaries were subject to review at press time in summer, 1997):
Governor: George W. Bush Lt. Governor: Bob Bullock
P.O. Box 12428, Austin 78711 PO. Box 12068, Austin 78711
512) 463-2000 (512) 463-0001
115,345 For salary, see note* below.
Attorney General: Dan Morales Comptroller of Public Accounts: John Sharp
P.O. Box 12546, Austin 78711 LBJ State Office Building, Austin 78774
(512) 463-2100 (512) 463-4000
Commissioner of General Land Office: Garry Mauro Commissioner of Agriculture: Rick Perry
1700 N. Congress, Austin 78701 P.O. Box 12847, Austin 78711
(512) 463-5256 (512) 463-7435
Secretary of State: Antonio O. "Tony" Garza Jr.
P.O. Box 12697, Austin 78711
*Salary of Lt. Gov. is same as a Senator when serving as Pres. of Senate; same as Gov. when serving as Gov.
Ombudsman Office (Citizens' Advocate): Phil Sims. Citizens' Assistance Hotline: 1-800-843-5789.
Part of the Governor's office, the Ombudsman Office receives citizens's comments and complaints over the toll-free assistance
hotline and passes them to government officials, as well as referring citizens to sources of assistance.
The Texas Legislature has 181 members: 31 In the Senate and 150 in the House of Representatives. Regular
sessions convene on the second Tuesday of January in odd-numbered years, but the governor may call special sessions.
Article III of the Texas Constitution deals with the legislative branch.
The following lists are of members of the 75th Legislature, which convened on Jan. 14, 1997.
Thirty-one members of the State Senate are elected
to four-year, overlapping terms. Salary: The salary of all
members of the Legislature, both Senators and Represen-
tatives, is $600 per month and $95 per diem during legis-
lative sessions; mileage allowance at same rate provided
by law for state employees. The per diem payment applies
during each regular and special session of the Legislature.
Senatorial Districts include one or more whole coun-
ties and some counties have more than one Senator.
The address of Senators is Texas Senate, P.O. Box
12068, Austin 78711-2068; phone (512) 463-0001; Fax:
(512) 463-0039. Internet: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/
President of the Senate is Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock;
President Pro Tempore, Bill Ratliff (R-Mt. Pleasant); Sec-
retary of the Senate, Betty King; Sergeant-at-Arms, Car-
Texas State Senators
Dist., Name, Party-Hometown; Year Current Term Ends;
1. Bill Ratliff, R-Mt. Pleasant; 1999; consulting engineer.
2. David Cain, D-Dallas; 2001; attorney.
3. Drew Nixon, R-Carthage; 2001; CPA, securities/
4. Michael L. Galloway, R-The Woodlands; 1999;
businessman - oil and gas.
5. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan; 1999; oil and gas producer.
6. Mario Galiegos Jr., D-Galena Park; 1999; ret. fire capt.
7. Jon Lindsay, R-Houston; 2001; business consultant.
8. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano; 2001; businesswoman.
9. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound; 2001; businesswoman.
10. Chris Harris, R-Arlington; 2001; attorney.
11. Jerry Patterson, R-Pasadena; 1999; health benefits
12. Mike Moncrief, D-Fort Worth; 2001; businessman.
13. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston; 1999; director, securities
14. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin; 2001; advertising/
15. Jonn Whitmire, D-Houston; 2001; attorney.
16. John Carona, R-Dallas; 1999; company CEO.
17. J. E. "Buster" Brown, R-Lake Jackson; 1999; attorney.
18. Kenneth Armbrister, D-Victoria; 1999; businessman.
19. Frank L. Madla, D-San Antonio; 1999; real estate,
20. Carlos F Truan, D-Corpus Christi (Dean of the
Senate); 1999; life insurance.
21. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; 2001; communications
22. David Sibley, R-Waco; 1999; attorney.
23. Royce West, D-Dallas; 1999; attorney.
24. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay; 2001; businessman.
25. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio; 2001; attorney,
26. Gregory Luna, D-San Antonio; 2001; attorney.
27. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville; 2001; advertising.
28. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock; 1999; attorney.
29. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso; 2001; attorney.
30. Tom Haywood, R-Wichita Falls; 1999; businessman.
31. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo; 1999; businessman,
House of Representatives
This list on page 403 shows the 150 members of the
House of Representatives in the 75th Legislature. They
were elected on Nov. 5, 1996, from the districts shown
below. Members are elected for two-year terms. Repre-
sentatives and senators receive the same salary (see
State Senate). The address of all Representatives is
House of Representatives, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, 78768;
phone (512) 463-3000; Fax: (512) 463-5896. Internet:
Speaker: James E. "Pete" Laney (D-Hale Center).
Speaker Pro Tempore, D.R. "Tom" Uher (D-Bay City).
Chief Clerk, Sharon Carter. Sergeant-at-Arms, Rod
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