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About the HRO

The House Research Organization (HRO) is a nonpartisan administrative department of the House Business Office within the Texas House of Representatives. It provides impartial information on legislation and issues before the Texas Legislature. The HRO is governed by a broadly representative steering committee of 15 House members elected by the House membership to set policy for the organization, approve its budget, and ensure that its reports are objective.

During legislative sessions, the HRO publishes the Daily Floor Report, which includes analyses of all legislation, except local and consent bills, scheduled for floor debate on the daily House calendar. Each bill analysis consists of a digest of the bill's provisions, background, arguments for and against the bill, and additional pertinent information.

Year-round, the House Research Organization produces research reports on a wide range of issues affecting state government. These reports include:

  • Policy Reports, including Interim News articles and more in-depth Focus reports, provide an analysis of issues of current interest in the state of Texas;
  • State Finance Reports take an in-depth look at the state budget process;
  • Legislative Session Reports include a summary of significant legislation considered during each regular session, a report on the governor’s vetoes, a preview of major topics likely to arise during an upcoming session, and reports on legislative procedures for committees and how a bill becomes law;
  • Constitutional Amendments reports summarize major ballot propositions submitted for voter approval and arguments for and against each proposition;
  • Legislative Staff Lists provide a comprehensive list of the staff of members and committees of the Texas House and Senate for each regular legislative session.

HRO publications are not an official part of the legislative process nor an official expression of the views of the Texas House of Representatives. The information included in the supporting or opposing arguments does not reflect the opinions of HRO or its researchers, but represents information gathered from a broad range of sources.

HRO Steering Committee

Gary VanDeaver, ChairmanAlma Allen, Vice Chairman
Ernest BailesAngie Chen Button
Liz CamposMary González
Donna HowardAnn Johnson
Ken KingOscar Longoria
J. M. LozanoAndrew Murr
Toni RoseJohn Smithee
David Spiller

HRO Staff


Corinna Archer Kinsman


Madeleine Keith
Kelsey Walker

Legislative Analysts

Abigail Jablon
Luke Landtroop
Matthew Lowe
Chelsea Rose
Donna Steward

Legislative Analyst/Editors

Kiera Eriksen-McAuliffe
Sumaiya Malik

Session Researcher/Writer

Leo Pratt