In increasingly diverse Texas, the Legislature remains mostly white and male

Every two years, The Texas Tribune compiles the demographics of the Texas Legislature. Every two years, the headline is the same.

Once again, the disparities between the makeup of the Legislature and the people they are elected to represent are stark: In a state where people of color are in the majority, almost two out of every three lawmakers are white. And not even a quarter of them are women.

Meet the 86th Legislature, starting with its newest members:

There are 27 new representatives:
17 Democrats and 10 Republicans

Vikki Goodwin

Vikki GoodwinAustin Goodwin

John Turner

John TurnerDallas Turner

Ana-Maria Ramos

Ana-Maria RamosRichardson Ramos

Leo Pacheco

Leo PachecoSan Antonio Pacheco

Jon Rosenthal

Jon RosenthalHouston Rosenthal

Carl Sherman

Carl ShermanDeSoto Sherman

Rhetta Andrews Bowers

Rhetta Andrews BowersRowlett Bowers

Erin Zwiener

Erin ZwienerDriftwood Zwiener

Michelle Beckley

Michelle BeckleyCarrollton Beckley

Terry Meza

Terry MezaIrving Meza

Julie Johnson

Julie JohnsonCarrollton Johnson

Jessica González

Jessica GonzálezDallas González

Gina Calanni

Gina CalanniKaty Calanni

Alex Dominguez

Alex DominguezBrownsville Dominguez

Sheryl Cole

Sheryl ColeAustin Cole

John Bucy

John BucyAustin Bucy

James Talarico

James TalaricoRound Rock Talarico

Steve Allison

Steve AllisonSan Antonio

Cody Harris

Cody HarrisPalestine

Jared Patterson

Jared PattersonFrisco

Mayes Middleton

Mayes MiddletonWallisville

Ben Leman

Ben LemanIola

Brad Buckley

Brad BuckleyKilleen

Keith Bell

Keith BellForney

E. Sam Harless

E. Sam HarlessSpring

Candy Noble

Candy NobleLucas

Reggie Smith

Reggie SmithVan Alstyne

There are six new senators:
three Democrats and three Republicans

Beverly Powell

Beverly PowellBurleson

Nathan Johnson

Nathan JohnsonDallas

Carol Alvarado

Carol AlvaradoHouston

Pat Fallon

Pat FallonFrisco

Pete Flores

Pete FloresPleasanton

Angela Paxton

Angela PaxtonMcKinney

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More than half of the Legislature’s new members are men. But most of the new members are Democrats. Two of the newest members of the Senate — Democrat Carol Alvarado and Republican Pat Fallon — previously served in the House.

Notably, the addition of Democrats Julie Johnson, Jessica González and Erin Zwiener increased the number of legislators who identify as members of the LGBT community from two to five.

Two incoming House members are not listed above because they previously served in the House.

Only 168 women have ever been elected to the Texas Legislature