Thecity councilconsists of the mayor and 4 councilmembers. Councilmembers are elected by district and the mayor is elected at-large to serve three-year, staggered terms of office.
Bell County Commissioners Courtis the governing body of Bell County. It is made up of a county judge elected countywide and four commissioners elected by precinct. Members serve four-year, staggered terms of office.
Temple residents are represented in the Texas Legislature by one state senator and one state representative. The current state senator for District 24 is Dawn Buckingham (R).Hugh Shine (R)is the state representative for District 55.
Temple residents are represented in the United States Congress by two U.S. senators and one U.S. representative. Current senators, elected statewide, areTed Cruz (R)andJohnCornyn(R). The U.S. representative for District . The U.S. representative for District 31 is John Carter (R).