In a state assumed to have a constitutionally weak governor, the Speaker of the Texas House weilds enormous power, with the ability to almost single-handedly dictate the legislative agenda. The House will come to Order charts the evolution of the Speaker's role from a relatively obscure office to one of the most powerful in the state. This fascinating account, drawn from the Briscoe Center's oral history project on the former Speakers, is a story of transition, moderniazation and power struggles.

The House Will Come To Order