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Texas Politics - The Executive Branch
 
 
 
plural executive
Texas Railroad Commission
9.7    Elected Boards and Commissions

The executive branch also includes several boards and commissions that are constituted through a mixture of elections and gubernatorial appointments confirmed by the Senate. The overall effect of these boards and commissions is consistent with the plural executive concept that characterizes Texas government: governors with sufficient political skill and long enough tenures in office can have an impact on the boards. However, two of the most important bodies, the Texas Railroad Commission and the State Board of Education, are selected by voters. Even with the Governor appointing several members of other boards and commissions, the overall effect is a sprawling network of administrative bodies that neither governors nor the Legislature are able to coordinate or completely control.

Texas Politics:
© 2009, Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services
University of Texas at Austin
3rd Edition - Revision 103
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