Texas: a profile: this profile is part of an occasional series examining the issues and atmosphere guiding politics and policy in various states.

Author:Flanagan, Troy
Position:GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
 
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The Facts

State Motto: "Friendship," based on the Caddo Indian word "tejas," meaning friends or allies.

Nickname: Lone Star State

28th state to enter the Union on Dec. 29, 1845

Capital: Austin

Population: 23.5 million

Politics

Gov. Rick Perry, the 47th governor, was sworn in on Dec. 21, 2000

Texas State Legislature

State Senate: 11 Democrats, 20 Republicans

State House of Representatives: 69 Democrats, 80 Republicans, and one vacancy

Congressional Delegation: 13 Democratic and 19 Republican Members of the U.S. House; two Republican U.S. Senators

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Franchise Facts

Franchise Businesses: 71,219

Employment in Franchising: 861,548

Economic Output of Franchising: $68.8 billion

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