The Texas senator tilting at the education reform windmill

GOP leadership prioritized the issue, making state Sen. Brandon Creighton among the most prominent legislators in Austin.
Texas Senate Education Committee Chairman Brandon Creighton (R) (Courtesy of Brandon Creighton’s campaign)

When Texas lawmakers descend on Austin for the biennial legislative session, their agendas are set by the sometimes competing priorities of the state’s top Republicans, Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) and House Speaker Dade Phelan (R).

Prioritizing key bills naturally thrusts one legislator — usually a Patrick ally in the Senate — into the spotlight. Last session, Sen. Bryan Hughes (R) emerged as a leading voice on election reform bills.

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