Commonwealth Policy Center

Despite holding majority control throughout their state government, Texas Republicans are anything but unified. Two weeks ago, the Texas House impeached state Attorney General Ken Paxton. Paxton’s eight-year administration has been plagued by scandal, but recent revelations assert he misused the resources of his office to assist a donor. Several of Paxton’s subordinates have resigned in protest in recent years for a variety of reasons, including former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s Chief of Staff Blake Brickman. The impeachment trial before the Texas Senate will be the culmination of years of accusations. An important takeaway is that Texas Republicans are making clear that nothing, even party affiliation, makes politicians and the power they wield above the law.