Advocacy Update: Understanding Texas’ Political Climate

As many of you know, the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) maintains an active government relations presence through our involvement in the Texas Architects Committee (TAC) and several additional advocacy-charged committees. In my latest meeting with the Government Affairs Steering Committee (GASCOM), Kathy Grant, one of TxA’s contract lobbyists, shared several interesting documents outlining the Texas political landscape.

Whether at the state or local level, an understanding of the Texas politics and electoral results is crucial. Those who are elected and hold office determine budget allocations and taxes for the next legislative session. These decision makers dictate regulatory practice, which architects know all too well.

Below are several links to documents that will aid your understanding of the current Texas political climate.

2014 Texas Races: General Election

Summary of Primary Elections

Overview: Budget and Tax Related Issues