In the past twelve months they worked hard, overcame obstacles, bucked conventional wisdom, touched our lives, and—above all—demonstrated the conviction, character, and individuality that defines our state today. Presenting our second annual list of the year’s most interesting and influential Texans.

Ron Kirk

Richard Linklater

Ekhard Pfeiffer

Carol Porter

Catherine Crier

Chelsi Smith

Ben Crenshaw

Don Henley

Jay Wilbur

Linda Pace Roberts

Dagoberto Gilb

Tom Luce

Gwen and Willie Richardson

Princess

Dealey Herndon

Betty Buckley

Roland Swenson

Mel White

Linda Aguilar-Bryan and Joseph Bryan

Dick Armey