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Lieutenant Governor, Office of the
Title: Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Description: The office of lieutenant governor is powerful and influential in Texas state government. The Texas Constitution (Article IV, sections 1 and 16) gives the lieutenant governor power to act as governor in the event of the governor's absence from the state or his/her death, resignation, impeachment, or inability or refusal to serve. The Constitution has also designated the lieutenant governor to serve as president of the Texas Senate. The current rules of the senate give the lieutenant governor authority to appoint all senate committees and their chairs, to decide all questions of order, to supervise all senate employees, and to determine the order of senate business. Texas statutes have made the lieutenant governor chairman of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (which drafts the state budget) and the Texas Legislative Council (which is the legislature's main source for drafting bills), joint chair of the Texas Legislative Audit Committee (which appoints the state auditor), chair or vice-chair of the Texas Legislative Education Board (which oversees state education policy), and a member of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas (which redistricts house and senate seats after each decennial census).