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The Democratic Party of Texas will have its first speaker in 2018, but the party has yet to find a candidate who will join the platform committee.
That committee meets on Wednesday in Dallas, and the first meeting will likely focus on who will fill the vacant chair.
The slate of speakers is still being finalized, but they include the Democratic Party’s two most prominent members, Texas Lt.
David Dewhurst and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
There’s also an open debate on who could become the new speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and a slate of candidates are being vetted.
The next speaker will likely be the first African American to serve in the Texas Legislature.
Former Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who was elected to the House in 2016, was one of three Democrats to announce her retirement.
Former Sen. J.B. Jennings, who served as Texas’ lieutenant governor for four terms, announced his resignation in December, just days before the 2020 election.
Both candidates will likely get consideration from party leadership.
Here are some of the party rules that are being hammered out for the 2018 legislative session:The Democratic Party in Texas is still in the process of developing its platform and choosing speakers.
The party is working on rules that will be binding for the 2019 legislative session.
We’ll have more on the party’s platform in the coming weeks.
The Democratic Convention will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in downtown Houston in October.
The convention will feature more than 1,000 delegates from across the state and beyond.