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The Senate is the other half of the legislature. Together with the House, they pass new laws.

Like Representatives, Senators take part in discussions, debate, listen to testimony, and vote to pass or veto bills.

Senate ChamberThe leader of the Senate is called the Lieutenant (Lt.) Governor. He/she is elected by the public every four years. The Lt. Governor’s responsibilities include determining the order in which bills are considered on the Senate floor, assigning Senators to committees and voting when there is a tie in the Senate chamber.

The Lt. Governor has a unique position of being part of the executive and the legislative branches of government. Because of this the Lt. Governor is seen by many to hold one of the most powerful government positions in Texas. (source: Senate web)

To learn more about the Lt. Governor and the Texas Senate visit Senate Kids (opens new window)

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