Biden Cabinet absent of Texans, Lone Star political clout wanes

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WASHINGTON — From the White House to the halls of Congress, Texas has for decades wielded heavy clout in the upper echelons of national politics — until now.

For the first time since at least President Richard Nixon’s tenure, no Texans are serving in the Cabinet, the top tier of presidential advisers.

Considering that Nixon followed Texan Lyndon B. Johnson — who served as president, vice president and majority leader of the U.S. Senate — it’s been quite a comedown to watch President Joe Biden fill his top-level bench with players from other states.

At least it hasn’t been a complete shutout, with Texans nominated or confirmed to leadership positions with the U.S. Census Bureau, immigration enforcement and the Air Force.

Since his inauguration Jan. 20, President Joe Biden has filled his Cabinet with non-Texans, a first in decades.

But the state also has lost clout on Capitol Hill, where only one U.S. House committee chair hails from Texas: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, who leads the Science, Space and Technology Committee. That’s down from seven committee chairmanships when the GOP controlled the House most of the past decade.

Things are tough in the U.S. Senate, too, where the state’s two GOP members are in the minority party and John Cornyn had to step down as whip, the No. 2 Senate Republican, at the end of 2018 because of term limits.