Although Republicans won all statewide elections in November, Texas Democrats did make some gains.
The new Texas House of Representatives will hold five more Democrats than it did the last session, although the Republicans remain in clear control. That means any legislation that seems anti-business—including bills affecting employers—will continue to face tough sledding in the Texas legislature. Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election provides an additional backstop.
The most significant gains came in Dallas County, where 42 judicial races swung from Republican to Democratic. Although it’s hard to predict the full impact of those changes over the next four years, it certainly adds an element of uncertainty to litigation filed in Dallas state courts. The courthouse sweep was attributed both to an increase in traditional Democratic voters and the continued movement of Republican-leaning voters to counties located outside Dallas.