State of Texas: Government by the Few

Sources: U.S. Census 2013 estimate, Texas Legislative Reference Library, 2013 Gallup survey
Sources: U.S. Census 2013 estimate, Texas Legislative Reference Library, 2013 Gallup survey Illustration by Joanna Wojtkowiak
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Sources: U.S. Census 2013 estimate, Texas Legislative Reference Library, 2013 Gallup survey

Texas is an incredibly diverse state, with no racial majority, citizens from all sorts of backgrounds and slightly more women than men. You can’t say the same for the Texas Legislature, and it’s not even close. Blame it on low voter turnout, out-of-control campaign spending, gerrymandered districts or the Capitol’s good ol’ boy tradition—all these factors and more add up to an unmistakable fact: The people writing Texas’ laws aren’t exactly representative of the folks they represent.

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