Tribpedia: 2016 Texas Elections

2016 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year in politics, both nationally and right here in Texas. Given the profile of the presidential candidates, heightened voter interest is bound to affect down-ballot races here at home. Use this page to track news about Texas' congressional, legislative, judicial and State Board of Education races. And bookmark our 2016 Presidential Election ...

Women and supporters gather at the Texas Capitol for the Women's March on Austin on Jan. 21, 2017.
Women and supporters gather at the Texas Capitol for the Women's March on Austin on Jan. 21, 2017.

Tens of thousands participate in Texas women's marches

The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Texans took part in marches across the state Saturday during Texas’ multiple iterations of the Women’s March on Washington.

President George W. Bush speaks at the 2016 NASCO Continental Reunion at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas on Nov. 15, 2016.
President George W. Bush speaks at the 2016 NASCO Continental Reunion at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas on Nov. 15, 2016.

George W. Bush to attend Trump's inauguration

George W. Bush is planning to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, whom the former president did not support during the campaign along with other members of his family. 

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on November 16, 2016. Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny. The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.
Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on November 16, 2016. Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny. The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.

Susan Combs, Henry Bonilla meet with Trump amid agriculture secretary search

Former Comptroller Susan Combs and former U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla met with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday as he continues to search for an agriculture secretary. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller met Friday with Trump officials.

Gov. Greg Abbott gave the opening speech at the state republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott gave the opening speech at the state republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 2016.

Five stories that marked 2016 in Texas politics

It may have been the offseason for the Texas Legislature, but there was still ample news coming from state officials, much of which will reverberate through the legislative session starting in January.

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on November 16, 2016. Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny. The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.
Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on November 16, 2016. Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny. The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to meet with Trump team

A new name from Texas is surfacing as President-elect Donald Trump works to fill his administration: former state Comptroller Susan Combs.

Five candidates to chair the Democratic National Committee speaking in Austin (clockwise, from top left): Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown; New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley; U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison; U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez; and South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison.
Five candidates to chair the Democratic National Committee speaking in Austin (clockwise, from top left): Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown; New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley; U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison; U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez; and South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison.

DNC chair hopefuls make pitches with an eye on Texas

The debate over the future of the Democratic Party came to Austin on Saturday, with all five candidates for national party chairman pitching activists on the path forward after a devastating loss in the presidential election.

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston on April 21, 2015.
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston on April 21, 2015.

Trump decides on Texas oil exec Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

Donald Trump has officially picked Texas oil executive Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, going ahead with the Exxon Mobil CEO's nomination despite early signs of unease over his close relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. 

Former Gov. Rick Perry (l.) and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
Former Gov. Rick Perry (l.) and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

So far, Texans mostly snubbed as Trump fills administration

Reports surfaced Saturday that President-elect Donald Trump had picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, making perhaps his most controversial nomination yet due to the Texan's close ties to Russia. But before word got out about Tillerson, the Lone Star State had come up empty in Trump's cabinet appointments.