2021 Texas politics in photos: An insurrection, legislative battles and emerging campaigns

Democratic members of the Texas House and Senate gathered for a July press conference to update Texans on their work in Washington, D.C., to advocate for federal voting rights protections. (Shuran Huang For The Texas Tribune, Shuran Huang For The Texas Tribune)

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Texas politics were very much in the national spotlight in 2021, and national politics played a huge role in Texas. Much carried over from 2020 — including the coronavirus pandemic that touched every part of Texans’ lives, and many Republicans’ refusal to accept Donald Trump’s loss during the November 2020 presidential election.

Many Texans were arrested and accused of participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Republican Texas politicians played roles in casting baseless doubts about election results that preceded the rioting and violence that erupted.

The state Legislature convened in January. Over the course of the regular session and three subsequent special sessions, legislators passed laws restricting Texans’ ability to vote, creating new political districts that ignored demographic trends and curtailing access to abortion.

In February, a bitter winter storm brought nearly the entire state to its knees as the state’s main energy grid failed, leaving millions without power or water and costing billions of dollars.

As the end of the year approached, the 2022 election cycle heated up. Abbott saw well-known primary challengers rise on his right, and Democratic former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced his own run.

Through it all, photographers from The Texas Tribune and wire services were there. Here is some of their work.

Trump supporters entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 during a joint session of Congress. Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz joined other Texas officials in voting in favor of objecting to the certification of the presidential election results. Credit: Chris Kleponis/Sipa USA and Stephanie Keith/REUTERS

Pro-Trump protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021.

Pro-Trump protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas

Pro-trump protestors gather at the Texas State Capitol to protest the certification of the 2020 election results. Jan 6, 2021.

Pro-trump protestors gather at the Texas State Capitol to protest the certification of the 2020 election results on Jan 6, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas

Trump supporters gathered at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 6 to protest the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Newly-elected House Speaker Dade Phelan greets Gov. Greg Abbott before speaking to the Texas House during opening ceremonies as the 2021 Texas Legislature gets down to work in Austin on Jan. 12, 2021.

Newly-elected House Speaker Dade Phelan greets Gov. Greg Abbott before speaking to the Texas House during opening ceremonies as the 2021 Texas Legislature gets down to work in Austin on Jan. 12, 2021. Credit: Bob Daemmrich/CapitolPressPhoto/Pool

State Rep. Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, and others say the Pledge of Allegiance as the 2021 Legislative Session opens in Austin on Jan. 12, 2021.

State Rep. Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, and others say the Pledge of Allegiance as the 2021 Legislative Session opens in Austin on Jan. 12, 2021. Credit: Bob Daemmrich/CapitolPressPhoto/Pool

First: Newly elected House Speaker Dade Phelan greeted Gov. Greg Abbott before speaking to the Texas House during opening ceremonies for the 2021 Legislature. Last: State Rep. Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, and others said the Pledge of Allegiance. Credit: Bob Daemmrich/CapitolPressPhoto/Pool

State GOP Chairman, Allen West, poses for a photo with members of a group describing themselves as the ‘Texas Militia’ at the North Entrance to the capitol on Jan 12, 2021.

Allen West, then chair of the Texas GOP, posed in front of the Capitol on Jan. 12 with members of a group describing themselves as the “Texas Militia.” Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Snow covered the Texas Capitol grounds during the winter storm on Feb. 16, 2021.

Snow covered the state Capitol grounds during the winter storm on Feb. 16. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference regarding Texas’ emergency response to an unprecedented winter storm gripping Texas on Feb 13, 2021.

Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at a Feb. 13 press conference about Texas’ emergency response to an unprecedented winter storm. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

The silhouette of a young unaccompanied migrant boy as he looks through the fence during the one hour the kids get to play outside at the CBP migrant processing center in El Paso on March 25, 2021, in El Paso.

The silhouette of a young unaccompanied migrant boy as he looks through the fence during the one hour the kids get to play outside at the CBP migrant processing center in El Paso on March 25, 2021. Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Governor Greg Abbott addresses the media about border security at a press conference at Anzalduas Park. Mission, TX. March 9, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott addresses the media about border security at a press conference at Anzalduas Park. Mission, TX. March 9, 2021. Credit: Jason Garza for The Texas Tribune

First: Unaccompanied migrant boys stood outside at a Customs and Border Protection migrant processing center in March in El Paso. Last: Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the media about border security at a March 9 press conference in Mission. Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre and Jason Garza for The Texas Tribune

From left: Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, including Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP, Anthony Collier, student body president at the University of Texas School of Law, and state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, wait during a press event concerning the University of Texas'

From left: Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP; Anthony Collier, student body president at the University of Texas School of Law; and state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, attended a March 29 press conference about the University of Texas’ school song, “The Eyes of Texas,” at the state Capitol. Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune

Youth activists deploy over 200,000 rose petals from the capitol rotunda to protest against what they describe as “Extremist Voter Suppression Legislation” currently making it’s way through the elections committee in the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

A visitor of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Tori Baltierra of the singing group “Tiara Girls” sings the old hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ while rose petals rain down around her in a protest against voter suppression at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Tori Baltierra of the singing group “Tiara Girls” sings the old hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ while rose petals rain down around her in a protest against voter suppression at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Youth activists dropped more than 200,000 rose petals in the Capitol rotunda in April to protest against what they described as “extremist voter suppression legislation.” Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Ali Cross, of the Austin Cheer squad, waves a Trans flag while her squad mates hold her up on the steps of the state capitol at a rally against Anti-Trans legislation on April 28, 2021.

Ali Cross of the Austin Cheer Squad waved a flag during a stunt with her teammates on the steps of the state Capitol at an April rally protesting anti-trans legislation. Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune

Josh Upchurch, Shelby Martin and Hailee Roberts campaign for Proposition A at the corner of Quaker Ave. and 82nd Street on Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas.

From left: Josh Upchurch, Shelby Martin and Hailee Roberts campaigned for Proposition A in Lubbock on May 1. The proposition, which passed, outlawed abortion within city limits and declared Lubbock a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” Credit: Justin Rex for The Texas Tribune

A visitor of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021.

A visitor in the Texas House gallery listened to legislators speak May 5 during a debate on an abortion bill. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Rep. Rafael M. Anchia, D-Dallas, speaks with his colleague Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood on the house floor on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Rep. Rafael M. Anchia, D-Dallas, speaks with his colleague Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood on the house floor on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is surrounded by fellow Democrats after testifying against a proposed anti-abortion bill on the House Floor on May 5, 2021.

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is surrounded by fellow Democrats after testifying against a proposed anti-abortion bill on the House Floor on May 5, 2021. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

First: State Rep. Rafael M. Anchia, D-Dallas, spoke with state Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, on the House floor on May 6. Last: State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, was surrounded by fellow Democrats after testifying May 5 against a proposed anti-abortion bill on the House floor. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar and Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for The Texas Tribune

Protesters hold signs in oppostion of SB 7 while participating in a rally at the state capitol on May 8, 2021.  Critics of the bill claim that the bill suppresses voting rights by limiting and chaning rules of state voting procedure.

Protesters held signs in opposition to Senate Bill 7 at a rally at the state Capitol on May 8. Critics of the bill said it suppresses voting rights. Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune

Gov. Abbott speaks with lawmakers on the house floor during the legislative session on the house floor on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Gov. Greg Abbott spoke with lawmakers on the House floor on May 23. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

Hundreds of people gathered for the Austin Rally for Palestine at the State Capitol in Austin on May 23, 2021.

Hundreds of people gathered for the Austin Rally for Palestine at the State Capitol in Austin on May 23, 2021. Credit: Montinique Monroe for the Texas

Pro-choice demonstrators against Senate Bill 8 were met with counter-protestors outside the Texas Capitol on May 29, 2021.

Pro-choice demonstrators against Senate Bill 8 were met with counter-protestors outside the Texas Capitol on May 29, 2021. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

First: Hundreds gathered for the Austin Rally for Palestine on May 23 at the state Capitol in Austin. Last: Abortion rights advocates protesting Senate Bill 8, which restricts access to the procedure, were met with counter-protesters outside the Texas Capitol in May. Credit: Montinique Monroe and Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas, speaks at a press conference at Mt. Zion Baptist Church near the state Capitol in Austin after Democrats broke quorum in opposition to Senate Bill 7, a sweeping GOP voting bill. May 30, 2021.

State Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas, spoke at a May 30 press conference at Mt. Zion Baptist Church near the state Capitol in Austin after Democrats broke quorum in opposition to Senate Bill 7, a sweeping GOP voting restrictions bill. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

At least 50 House Democrats in Texas fled the state to Dulles International Airport potentially stopping Republicans to take up new voting restrictions and other GOP priorities on July 12, 2021.

At least 50 House Democrats in Texas fled the state to Dulles International Airport potentially stopping Republicans to take up new voting restrictions and other GOP priorities on July 12, 2021. Credit: Shuran Huang for The Texas Tribune

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Democratic members of the Texas House and Senate gather for a joint press event to update Texans on their work in Washington, D.C., to advocate for federal voting rights protections at the Washington Plaza Hotel on July 14, 2021.

Democratic members of the Texas House and Senate gather for a joint press event to update Texans on their work in Washington, D.C., to advocate for federal voting rights protections at the Washington Plaza Hotel on July 14, 2021. Credit: Shuran Huang for The Texas Tribune

First: At least 50 Texas House Democrats fled to Washington, D.C., in July in an attempt to stop Republicans from taking up new voting restrictions. Next: Democrats held a press conference July 13 outside the U.S. Capitol. Last: Democratic members of the Texas House and Senate gathered for a press conference July 14 in Washington, D.C., to update Texans on their attempt to advocate for federal voting rights. Credit: Shuran Huang for The Texas Tribune

House members praised House Speaker Dade Phelan on Sine Die. May 31, 2021.

House members praised House Speaker Dade Phelan on Sine Die. May 31, 2021. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Legislators watch as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott share updates on their plan for Texas to build its own border wall at a press conference at the Texas Capitol on June 16, 2021.

Legislators watch as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott share updates on their plan for Texas to build its own border wall at a press conference at the Texas Capitol on June 16, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

First: Texas House members offered praise for Speaker Dade Phelan on May 31 before adjourning the regular legislative session. Last: Legislators watched as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and Gov. Greg Abbott shared updates on their plan for Texas to build its own border wall at a June 16 press conference at the Texas Capitol. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr. and Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush speaks to reporters at an event inside Buford's Bar in Austin, TX on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. George P Bush announced his candidacy for Texas Attorney General, challenging Ken Paxton who Bush says is corrupt. George P Bush has a supporter in former President Donald Trump which may help boost his campaign among Texas republicans.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush spoke to reporters at a June 2 event after announcing his candidacy for Texas attorney general. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate, Beto O’Rourke, speaks at the ‘For the People Rally,’ a rally in support of the expansion of voting rights, at the south steps of the Capitol  on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate, Beto O’Rourke, speaks at the ‘For the People Rally,’ a rally in support of the expansion of voting rights, at the south steps of the Capitol on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

People hold Campaign signs at the ‘For the People’ voting rights rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Sunday June 20, 2021.

Protesters hold signs in opposition of SB 7 while participating in a rally at the state capitol on May 8, 2021. Critics of the bill claim that the bill suppresses voting rights by limiting and changing rules of state voting procedure. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

Democrat Beto O’Rourke joined a “For the People” rally in support of voting rights on the south steps of the state Capitol on June 20. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Bubba Saulsbury takes a selfie at the border wall tour on June 30, 2021, where former President Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott discussed Biden’s changes to Trump-era immigration policies.

Bubba Saulsbury took a selfie during a June 30 border wall tour during which former President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott discussed President Joe Biden’s changes to Trump-era immigration policies. Credit: Michael Gonzalez for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, speaks at a press conference on opening day of the 87th legislative special session at the Texas Capitol on July 8, 2021.

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, spoke at a press conference at the Texas Capitol on July 8, opening day of this year’s first special legislative session. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, holds a sign that reads, “Here we are still on the job for the people,” on the House floor on July 14, 2021.

Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, holds a sign that reads, “Here we are still on the job for the people,” on the House floor on July 14, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

Rep. Jacey Jetton, R-Richmond, sits on the House floor on July 14, 2021.

Rep. Jacey Jetton, R-Richmond, sits on the House floor on July 14, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

First: State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, held a sign reading, “Here we are still on the job for the people,” on the House floor July 14. Last: State Rep. Jacey Jetton, R-Richmond, sat in a nearly empty House chamber July 14. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

Rep. Lacey Hull, R-Houston, waits with other House Republicans before a briefing on 13th check legislation at the Texas Capitol on July 14, 2021.

Rep. Lacey Hull, R-Houston, waits with other House Republicans before a briefing on 13th check legislation at the Texas Capitol on July 14, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

From left: Rep. Royce West, D-Dallas, walks with Rep. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Texas clergy at a Prayer and Justice march held at the Texas Capitol on July 15, 2021.

From left: Rep. Royce West, D-Dallas, walks with Rep. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Texas clergy at a Prayer and Justice march held at the Texas Capitol on July 15, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

First: State Rep. Lacey Hull, R-Houston, waited with other House Republicans before a briefing at the Texas Capitol on July 14. Last: State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, walked with state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Texas clergy during a July 15 march at the Texas Capitol. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson speaks as other House members console her at a joint press conference with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and the Texas Legislature Democrats in Alexandria, Va. on July 16, 2021.

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, spoke during a July 16 press conference in Alexandria, Virginia, with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Credit: Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Garnet Coleman is in Texas recovering from a severe illness while his Democratic colleagues are in Washington, D.C.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, was recovering from serious illness over the summer while his Democratic colleagues were in Washington, D.C. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

Rep. John Whitmire, D-Houston, puts a mask on at a press conference held by members of the Senate Democratic Caucus regarding Democrats breaking quorum and voting legislature at the Texas Capitol on July 21, 2021.

Rep. John Whitmire, D-Houston, puts a mask on at a press conference held by members of the Senate Democratic Caucus regarding Democrats breaking quorum and voting legislature at the Texas Capitol on July 21, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

The Texas House Democrats breaking quorum in the nation’s capital host a press conference alongside Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and grassroots organizers at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on Friday, August 6, 2021. Friday is both the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, and the last day of the special session of the Texas Legislature. At the event, Texas House Democrats address their victory in killing the Texas Republicans’ anti-voter measures back home, and their successes in helping to move federal voter protection legislation.

The Texas House Democrats breaking quorum in the nation’s capital host a press conference alongside Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and grassroots organizers at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on Friday, August 6, 2021. Friday is both the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, and the last day of the special session of the Texas Legislature. Credit: Shuran Huang

First: State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, attended a press conference with members of the Senate Democratic Caucus about voting legislation July 21 at the Texas Capitol. Last: The Texas House Democrats breaking quorum hosted a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Aug. 6. Credit: Sophie Park and Shuran Huang for The Texas Tribune

Susan Wright hugs Tarrant County district clerk Thomas Wilder at Susan Wright’s election night watch party in Arlington, TX on July 27, 2021. Susan Wright lost against Jake Ellzey, who will replace late U.S. Representative Ron Wright, Susan Wright’s husband.

Susan Wright hugged Tarrant County District Clerk Thomas Wilder at Wright’s election night watch party in Arlington on July 27. Wright lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey, who replaced her late husband, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, in Congress. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher checkers her notebook before a call in her office in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 21, 2021.

U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, checked her notebook Sept. 21 before a call in her office in Washington. Credit: Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune

Thousands of participants march and with signs during the 2021 Women’s March on Texas in downtown Houston on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

Thousands of participants marched with signs during the Women’s March on Texas in downtown Houston on Oct. 2. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

Protestors stood at the front steps of the Capitol in opposition to SB 8 on Oct. 2, 2021.

Protestors stood at the front steps of the Capitol in opposition to SB 8 on Oct. 2, 2021. Credit: Michael Gonzalez/The Texas Tribune

People hold signs and clap during the Womenís March ATX at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Thousands of people attended the rally in support of womenís reproductive health and access to safe abortions.

People hold signs and clap during the Womenís March ATX at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Thousands of people attended the rally in support of womenís reproductive health and access to safe abortions. Credit: Chelsea Purgahn for The Texas Tribune

People held signs and clapped Oct. 2 during the Women’s March ATX at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Thousands of people attended the rally. Credit: Michael Gonzalez and Chelsea Purgahn for The Texas Tribune

Hyunja Norman poses for a portrait at the Korean Community Center in Spring Branch on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Norman passionately seeks representation for the Korean community in Houston by voting, education and raising awareness. She believes, “ if we work here, we can do anything or become someone to make American better for all Americans.”

Hyunja Norman, at the Korean Community Center in Spring Branch on Oct. 21, sought to improve representation for the Korean community in Houston through voting, education and raising awareness. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

John Scott speaks to a reporter during an interview inside his office at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Austin, TX. Scott was appointed last week by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his appointment has been criticized by some after Scott's role in representing the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

John Scott speaks to a reporter during an interview inside his office at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Austin, TX. Scott was appointed last week by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his appointment has been criticized by some after Scott's role in representing the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

A map of Tarrant County shows the voting age population of Hispanics.

A map of Tarrant County shows the voting age population of Hispanics. Credit: Michael Gonzalez/The Texas Tribune

First: Texas Secretary of State John Scott, who was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott in October, played a role in representing the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results. Last: A map of Tarrant County shows the voting age population of Hispanics. Credit: Sergio Flores and Michael Gonzalez for The Texas Tribune

Frank Ramirez, Democratic nominee for House District 118, at an event at campaign headquarters on Oct. 31, 2021.

Frank Ramirez, Democratic nominee for House District 118, at an event at campaign headquarters on Oct. 31, 2021. Credit: Chris Stokes for The Texas Tribune

John Lujan speaks to people at his watch party on Nov. 2, 2021. Lujan won the election for State representative of district 118.

John Lujan speaks to people at his watch party on Nov. 2, 2021. Lujan won the election for State representative of district 118. Credit: Michael Gonzalez/The Texas Tribune

First: Frank Ramirez, Democratic nominee for House District 118, attended an Oct. 31 event at campaign headquarters. Last: Republican John Lujan spoke to people at his watch party on Nov. 2. Lujan won the election for state House District 118. Credit: Chris Stokes and Michael Gonzalez for The Texas Tribune

Anti-abortion supporters clash with pro-choice activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021. Today, the Supreme Court will hear cases regarding abortion in Texas.

Anti-abortion activists clashed with abortion-rights activists Nov. 1 outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Credit: Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune

Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes, author of the bill, speaks to a television news crew outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021. Today, the Supreme Court will hear cases regarding abortion in Texas.

Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes, author of the bill, speaks to a television news crew outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021. Credit: Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune

People dressed as Handmaids stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021.

People dressed as Handmaids stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021. Credit: Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune

First: State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, spoke to a television news crew Nov. 1 outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Last: People dressed in the red robes from “A Handmaid’s Tale” stood outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune

Supporters of democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke attend a rally in downtown McAllen on Nov. 17, 2021.

Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke attended a rally Nov. 17 in downtown McAllen. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

The pavilion of the American Airlines Center in Dallas is decorated with Trump flags as “The History Tour” with Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly takes place on Dec. 19, 2021.

The pavilion of the American Airlines Center in Dallas was adorned with flags supporting Donald Trump on Dec. 19 as the former president and Bill O’Reilly hosted their “History Tour.” Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune