Texas Politics - The Legislative Branch
  1. Tradition and Modernity
  2. Looking Ahead
  1. Sessions
  2. Special Sessions
  3. Bicameral Structure
  4. Membership
  5. Compensation
  6. Terms of Office
  1. Formal
  2. Informal
  3. Party
  4. Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  5. Incumbency
  6. Age and Occupation
  1. Historical Perspective
Powers and Immunities
  1. Bills
  2. Resolutions
  3. Administrative Powers
  4. Investigative, Impeachment
  5. Immunities
Presiding Officers and Powers
  1. Senate Pres./Lt. Governor
  2. Speaker of the House
  3. Pro Tempore Positions
  1. Committees
  2. System Impact
How a Bill Becomes a Law
  1. Intro, Referral
  2. Committee Action
  3. Floor Action
  4. Conference Committee
  5. Governor's Desk
Citizens Legislative Power
  1. Constitutional Amendments
  2. Initiative and Referendum
10  Conclusions
  1. Reforms
  2. Citizen Participation
  1. Print-friendly format
  2. Key words and phrases
  3. Multimedia resources
  4. Lt. Governors table
  5. Speakers table
pro tempore
6.3    Pro Tempore Positions

Both houses of the Legislature have pro tempore (for the time being) leadership positions. At the beginning of each session, the Senate elects one member to serve as the President pro tempore when the Lieutenant Governor is absent or that office becomes vacant. A different member of the Senate – usually a senior member – is elected at the end of the session to serve as President pro tempore during the interim when the Legislature is not in session.

In the House, the Speaker simply appoints a member to preside over that chamber for a temporary period when the Speaker may be absent. Alternatively, the Speaker can appoint a Speaker pro tempore for the entire session.

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