Rookie Of The Year

Patrick Rose (Democrat, Dripping Springs)

Operating under enormous pressure all session, with Republicans and Democrats gearing up to run against him in his swing district, the 24-year-old UT law student amended the House tort-reform bill to require a medical-malpractice insurance-rate rollback and added a provision to the tuition-deregulation bill raising the amount to be set aside for scholarships. The kid has more gravitas—and moxie—than most veterans.

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