Reference Book of the Week: Texas State Directory
Welcome to another edition of Reference Book of the Week. We are featuring the Texas State Directory this week, which is a convenient tool to learn more about the structure of Texas government. The book is billed as "the comprehensive guide to the decision-makers in Texas government." Started in 1935, the book is now in its 50th edition, which is the 2007 edition. It was initially published every other year, but it is now an annual publication. This almanac covers all branches and levels of Texas government. The book is arranged as follows:
- A state section: This is a guide to every branch of the Texas state government and its officials (elected and appointed). It covers the legislative, executive, and judicial branches as well as agencies, boards, and commissions.
- A county section: Get information and data from 254 Texas counties and their public officials. Information featured includes: name of the county, population, the county seat, an internet address if available, the mailing address of the county judge as well as phone numbers. There are also listings for various county officials. For example, get information about Smith County officials in the county section.
- A city section: This provides information on officials for incorporated cities in the state. For instance, get information on Tyler, Texas officials here. Note that the book states it covers "most" elected officials.
- A federal section: The book states that this section covers "the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of Texas' Congressional delegation, federal law enforcement officials, and members of the federal judiciary in Texas" (559).
- A reference section: This features information on items of general interest such as the Capitol Press Corps, Democratic and Republican Party officials, and other pieces of information. For example, there is a diagram of the legislative process on page 607.