TxLege 101: An intro to state government

A five-part series led by University of Houston Prof. Brandon Rottinghaus, Texas Legislature 101 seeks to inform listeners on the basics of state government. Below audio from the five parts are combined into one episode, broken down by the following sections:

1) The Origins of the Texas Legislature
2) The Governor
3) The Lieutenant Governor & the Senate
4) The House of Representatives
5) The House versus the Senate and the Senate versus the House, past, present and future

Brandon Rottinghaus holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. His teaching and research interests include the presidency and Texas politics. His work on these subjects has appeared in several books and dozens of academic journals and edited volumes. Most recently he is author of the book Inside Texas Politics (Oxford University Press). He is also the co-founding designer of the Presidential Proclamations Project at the University of Houston, an online resource documenting presidential use of unilateral powers through executive proclamation. He has provided commentary on national (New York Times, Washington Post, Politico) and Texas politics (Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Texas Tribune, Tyler Morning Telegraph, El Paso Times, San Antonio News Express, Lubbock Avalanche Journal) in hundreds of media outlets and is the co-host of Political Perspectives, a digital series on Houston Public Media and Monday Morning Politics on Houston’s Fox 26.

His most recent work is ‘Inside Texas Politics: Politics, Policy and Personality in the Lone Star State (2015)’. Oxford University Press.

Follow him on Twitter: @rjrottinghaus

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