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Legislative chambers are the symbolic heart of a Capitol; the legislative process that governs the state and its citizens is centered in these spaces. The House Chamber is the largest room in the Capitol, epitomizing the grand scale that is Texas. Located on the second floor west wing of the Capitol, the House Chamber--like the Senate--is one of the few rooms still used for its original purpose. During legislative sessions, 150 representatives convene in the room. The Speaker presides from the podium.

Restored to its circa 1909 appearance, the House Chamber includes some of the Capitol's most treasured historical artifacts, including the remains of the original Battle of San Jacinto flag, displayed behind the Speaker's desk.