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April 25, 2016      5:56 PM

Rep. Naishtat is saluted for three decades in the Texas House

“The last few years it’s been difficult … for schoolchildren, seniors, people with disabilities, minorities...I’ve been able to hang in there.”

Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, the dean of the Travis County delegation, enjoyed a modest send-off Monday afternoon from supporters at the Austin Bar Association.

Naishtat passed 330 bills during his 26-year career in the Texas House, but even he admits the road has gotten rougher in recent sessions. This is especially true for a liberal like him, who admits his leanings were even left of the Texas Democrats who ruled the state legislature before the rise of the Republican Party.

By Kimberly Reeves