Most Texans say they believe in God, and 77 percent of those identify as Christian. However, roughly one in five Texans are non-believers. The Texas legislature reflects the majority, evident in the most recent session – religion played a large role in the debate and policy formation of the 84th Legislature.
The Texas Tribune’s “God & Governing” series explores the role Texas lawmakers’ personal religious beliefs increasingly play in their legislative decision making. All but four lawmakers polled by the Tribune said they were Catholic or some other type of Christian. Touching on the topics of guns, education, abortion, the death penalty and marriage, “God & Governing” features dozens of intimate interviews which unlock the spiritual motivations behind some of Texas’ most powerful lawmakers, including Senator Kirk Watson, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
Watch it online above or at klru.tv.