The 84th Texas legislative session will be remembered for a lot of things, from education to open carry, from gay rights to border security, from fracking to marijuana. In all, 11,335 bills were filed and 1,366 were passed. And in a session that included #txlege becoming the official hashtag of the Texas Legislature, we saw social media playing an ever larger role in happenings at the Capitol.

Highlights in our #txlege wrap report include:

  • 91% of House and Senate members are now on Twitter, up from 76% in 2013 and 56% in 2011.
  • Legislators themselves were more active as well, sending 40,885 tweets, up 133% from the 17,529 in 2013.
  • There were 304,581 uses of the #txlege hashtag from this session, a 77% increase from 172,394 during the 2013 session.
  • The number of people following House and Senate members on Twitter increased from 199,654 in 2013 to 496,589 in 2015, a 149% surge in interest.
  • Popular issues with Texas legislators match closely with the general public:
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Download the full analysis here.