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Do lawmakers compromise and accomplish more than we realize?

Houston-area state representatives Lacey Hull and Armando Walle tout bipartisan efforts this year that didn’t get much notice.


Texas House Representatives Lacey Hull (R-Houston) and Armando Walle (D-Houston).


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Earlier this month, Texas Monthly published its 2023 "Best and Worst Legislators" list. The article highlighted those state lawmakers who, during the Texas legislative session, separated themselves from their colleagues for better or for worse.

Among two who were lauded as the best were a pair of Houston-area lawmakers: Republican Rep. Lacey Hull (TX 138) from Northwest Houston, and Democrat Rep. Armando Walle (TX 140) from North Houston.

In the audio above, we talk with them both about their respective efforts to reach across the aisle to get a number of bills passed this session, which ultimately garnered significant bipartisan support.

We also discuss why such efforts often occur largely behind-the-scenes, with little media attention, while higher profile battles are fought more publicly, with far less resolution, and according to Hull and Walle, giving a false impression to the public of how state lawmakers’ work really gets done.

Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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