Is This Seat Taken?

A guide to the Texas House High School Lunchroom.



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To truly understand the power flow in the Texas House of Representatives, you have to imagine a place where people are friends one minute and enemies the next. Where people can inspire with acts of bravery and kindness, then turn into vindictive monsters. Where the mighty can fall swiftly. Where success is almost entirely determined by the opinions of their peers. Luckily, the freshmen legislators wishing to prepare for the 82nd Legislature have the ultimate resource: Head over to the local high school. See how the kids arrange themselves in the ultimate court of public opinion—the cafeteria. Or, if that’s too much trouble, they can read our handy guide to the Texas House High School Lunchroom.