House Administration Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The House Administration Committee is a standing committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules


The committee shall have 11 members, with jurisdiction over:
  • administrative operation of the house and its employees;
  • the general house fund, with full control over all expenditures from the fund;
  • all property, equipment, and supplies obtained by the house for its use and the use of its members;
  • all office space available for the use of the house and its members;
  • the assignment of vacant office space, vacant parking spaces, and vacant desks on the house floor to members with seniority based on cumulative years of service in the house, except that the committee may make these assignments based on physical disability of a member where it deems proper;
  • all admissions to the floor during sessions of the house;
  • all proposals to invite nonmembers to appear before or address the house or a joint session;
  • all radio broadcasting and televising, live or recorded, of sessions of the house;
  • the electronic recording of the proceedings of the house of representatives and the custody of the recordings of testimony before house committees, with authority to promulgate reasonable rules, regulations, and conditions concerning the safekeeping, reproducing, and transcribing of the recordings, and the defraying of costs for transcribing the recordings, subject to other provisions of these rules;
  • all witnesses appearing before the house or any committee thereof in support of or in opposition to any pending legislative proposal; and
  • the following state agency: the State Preservation Board.

The committee must vote to adopt the annual budget for each house department.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

House Administration Members, 2015
Democratic members (5)Republican members (6)
Marisa Marquez, Vice-ChairCharlie Geren, Chair
Alma AllenTrent Ashby
Roberto AlonzoMarsha Farney
Donna HowardKen King
Hubert VoChris Paddie
John Raney


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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