AUSTIN - Texas House Republicans lost their supermajority in Tuesday's election but will hold on to solid control when a new legislative session opens in January.
Republicans opened the 2011 session with a 101-member supermajority and now account for 95 seats in the 150-member House. A two-thirds majority, or 100 votes, is needed to pass constitutional amendments or to create a quorum necessary to do business.
"They didn't even need us to show up," said House Democratic Caucus leader Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, about the 2011 session. "We're relevant again."