Dual Officeholding, Incompatability
September-October 2020

Dual officeholding and common-law incompatibility

By Monica Mendoza
TDCAA Research Attorney in Austin

The chart below summarizes Attorney General opinions and caselaw on dual officeholding and common-law incompatibility. Dual officeholding refers to certain limitations that prevent a person from holding two or more public offices at the same time. Common-law incompatibility refers to the prohibition against a person holding certain public offices at the same time because of a practical conflict of interest that might arise. This chart helps local officials understand in which circumstances they can agree to simultaneously serve in another public office.