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What’s the Influence of Texas in Washington?

What’s the Influence of Texas in Washington?

this-townThe state of Texas has long had significant influence on national politics. With both Presidents Bush hailing from the Lone Star State, and Sen. Ted Cruz making waves in Washington today, our state is well represented among influential politicians. But that’s just half of the story. Texas businesses and industries also influence the goings-on in DC through their lobbying arms.

We discuss the role Texas plays in national politics with Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, and the author of THIS TOWN: Two Parties and a Funeral. The book examines the insider culture in Washington. Leibovitch dropped by Houston Public Media this week, during a tour promoting the paperback edition of his book. He spoke with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →