AUSTIN - Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs today convened the 87th Legislature's regular session, presiding over the opening ceremonies for the Texas House of Representatives and conducting the election of the new Speaker of the House, Representative Dade Phelan.
"Our legislators have been entrusted by the people of Texas to confront the challenges and issues that our state faces and to do so in a way that is reflective of what it means to be a Texan–to approach adversity with unyielding determination, grit, honor, integrity, strength, and of course–with our Texas pride. Working collaboratively, we will help to build a brighter future for all Texans, and keep the Lone Star State the greatest state in the nation." The Texas Legislature operates under a biennial system and convenes at noon on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years for a maximum of 140 days. The 87th Legislature's regular session begins January 12th, 2021, and will conclude May 31st, 2021.
Two lawmakers are representing Hunt County in Austin in the upcoming session;
Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, the recently elected Representative for Texas House District 2, which includes Hunt, Hopkins and Van Zandt counties
and State Sen Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, who representsTexas Senate District 2, which includes all of Hunt, Fannin, Hopkins, Kaufman, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, as well as a part of Dallas County.
Slaton, R-Royse City, defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Dan Flynn of Van and Dwayne “Doc” Collins of Ben Wheeler in the GOP primary, then defeated Democrat Bill Brannon to win the race for Texas House District 2 in November.