List of Speakers of the Texas House of Representatives

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The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the Texas House of Representatives.

For more information about the office and powers of the Speaker see Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

Republic of Texas[edit]

Speakers of the House of Representatives in the Congresses of the Republic of Texas.

Name Term in Office Congress
Ira Ingram 1836–1837 1st
Branch Tanner Archer 1837 2nd
Joseph Rowe 1838
John M. Hansford 1838–1839 3rd
David Spangler Kaufman 1840–1841 4th
5th
Kenneth Lewis Anderson 1841–1842 6th
Nicholas Henry Darnell 1842–1843 7th
Richardson A. Scurry 1843–1844 8th
John M. Lewis 1844–1846 9th

State of Texas[edit]

Seal of the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives

Speakers of the House of Representatives in the Legislatures of the State of Texas.

Name Party Term in Office Legislative
Sessions
William Crump Democratic 16 February 1846–3 March 1846 1st
John Brown Democratic 3 March 1846–9 March 1846
Edward Thomas Branch Democratic 9 March 1846–16 March 1846
William Crump Democratic 16 March 1846–1 May 1846
William H. Bourland Democratic 1 May 1846–before 13 May 1846
Stephen W. Perkins Democratic before 13 May 1846–13 December 1847
J. W. Henderson Democratic 13 December 1847–5 November 1849 2nd
Charles G. Keenan Democratic 5 November 1849–3 November 1851 3rd
David Catchings Dickson Democratic 3 November 1851–7 November 1853 4th
Hardin Richard Runnels Democratic 7 November 1853–5 November 1855 5th
Hamilton Prioleau Bee Democratic 5 November 1855–2 November 1857 6th
William S. Taylor Democratic 2 November 1857–18 January 1858 7th
Matthew Fielding Locke Democratic 18 January 1858–7 November 1859
M. D. K. Taylor Democratic 7 November 1859–4 November 1861 8th
Constantine W. Buckley Democratic 4 November 1861–7 December 1861 9th
Nicholas Henry Darnell Democratic 7 December 1861–1862[1]
Vacant[1] 1862–2 February 1863
Constantine W. Buckley Democratic 2 February 1863–2 November 1863
M. D. K. Taylor Democratic 2 November 1863–6 August 1866 10th
Nathaniel Macon Burford Unionist[2] 6 August 1866–25 April 1869[3] 11th
Vacant[3] 25 April 1869–8 February 1870
Ira Hobart Evans Republican 8 February 1870–1871 12th
William Henry Sinclair Republican 1871–14 January 1873
M. D. K. Taylor Democratic 14 January 1873–13 January 1874 13th
Guy Morrison Bryan Democratic 13 January 1874–1876 14th
Thomas Reuben Bonner Democratic 1876–1879 15th
John Hughes Cochran Democratic 1879–1881 16th
George Robertson Reeves Democratic 1881–1883 17th
Charles Reese Gibson Democratic 1883–1885 18th
Lafayette Lumpkin Foster Democratic 1885–1887 19th
George Cassety Pendleton Democratic 1887–1889 20th
Frank P. Alexander Democratic 1889–1891 21st
Robert Teague Milner Democratic 1891–1893 22nd
John Hughes Cochran Democratic 1893–1895 23rd
Thomas Slater Smith Democratic 1895–1897 24th
L. Travis Dashiell Democratic 1897–1899 25th
James S. Sherrill Democratic 1899–1901 26th
Robert E. Prince Democratic 1901–1903 27th
Pat Morris Neff Democratic 1903–1905 28th
Francis William Seabury Democratic 1905–1907 29th
Thomas Bell Love Democratic 1907–1909 30th
Austin Milton Kennedy Democratic 1909 31st
John Wesley Marshall Democratic 1909–1911
Sam Rayburn Democratic 1911–1913 32nd
Chester H. Terrell Democratic 1913–1915 33rd
John William Woods Democratic 1915–1917 34th
Franklin Oliver Fuller Democratic 1917–1919 35th
Robert Ewing Thomason Democratic 1919–1921 36th
Charles Graham Thomas Democratic 1921–1923 37th
Richard Ernest Seagler Democratic 1923–1925 38th
Lee Satterwhite Democratic 1925–1927 39th
Robert Lee Bobbitt Democratic 1927–1929 40th
Wingate S. Barron Democratic 1929–1931 41st
Fred Hawthorne Minor Democratic 1931–1933 42nd
Coke R. Stevenson Democratic 1933–1937 43rd
44th
Robert Wilburn Calvert Democratic 1937–1939 45th
Robert Emmett Morse Democratic 1939–1941 46th
Homer Lakerby Leonard Democratic 1941–1943 47th
Price Daniel Democratic 1943–1945 48th
Claud H. Gilmer Democratic 1945–1947 49th
William O. Reed Democratic 1947–1949 50th
Thomas Durwood Manford, Jr. Democratic 1949–1951 51st
Reuben E. Senterfitt Democratic 1951–1955 52nd
53rd
Jim T. Lindsey Democratic 1955–1957 54th
Waggoner Carr Democratic 1957–1961 55th
56th
Jimmy Turman Democratic 1961 57th
Byron M. Tunnell Democratic 1963 58th
Ben F. Barnes Democratic 1965–1969 59th
60th
Gus Franklin Mutscher Democratic 1969–1972 61st
62nd
Rayford Price Democratic 1972–1973[4]
Price Daniel, Jr. Democratic 1973–1975 63rd
Bill W. Clayton Democratic 1975–1983 64th
65th
66th
67th
Gib Lewis Democratic 1983–1993 68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Pete Laney Democratic 1993–2003 73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
Tom Craddick Republican 2003–2009 78th
79th
80th
Joe Straus Republican 2009–present 81st
82nd

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Darnell resigned some time in 1862 to fight in the Civil War, and Buckley was apparently not re-elected until the beginning of the First Called Session on 2 February 1863
  2. ^ Two sources, one contemporary, say Burford was a Democrat:
  3. ^ a b Moneyhon, Carl H. "Reconstruction". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2007-01-25. "…every office filled by an elected official incapable of taking the Test Oath would be considered vacant on April 25, 1869" 
  4. ^ Price served as Speaker for the 2nd through the 4th Called Sessions

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