As the 84th Texas Legislature gets underway, Influence Opinions will be doing a semi-regular analysis of how it is manifesting on social media. This report covers the time between opening day and Governor Abbott’s State of the State address, January 13 to February 17, 2015.

With an increasingly Republican legislative body consisting of 15 percent new members (four in the Senate and 24 in the House), along with a new lieutenant governor and the first new governor in 14 years, it is even harder to predict what will happen in the pink building than it has been in the past – and it has never been easy.

Using social media data, particularly data related to the Twitter hashtag #txlege and the activity of elected officials,this update provides a window into the online conversation around the new session. The Texas Legislature is an ongoing topic on social media so it is no surprise that the conversation has heated up with the legislators back in Austin.

Highlights from this report include:
• An explosion in the number of people following legislators,
• #tcot prominence in the Texas legislative discussion,
• Number of legislators on Twitter, and
• Who is using #txlege the most.

 

Download the February #Txlege Analysis here.