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“Dilemma for Texas Voters”

ACTION STEP: PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE THIS DOCUMENT WITH YOU ON MARCH 6, 2012, WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLLS TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS.

DONNA GARNER – Educator for 33 years, appointed by President Reagan, Now Activist Writer

Texas voters have a problem.  We conservatives must be able to distinguish which Texas legislators are “the real thing” before we vote in the March 6, 2012 primaries (early voting starts on 2.21.12).  Those dates are not that far away, and campaigns are gearing up right now.   

Most of the Republican legislators who ran in the last election on Nov. 2, 2010, campaigned as “conservatives.”  However, how many of them voted as conservatives during the 82ndLegislative Session?   

In other words, how many of them put actions before rhetoric? 

82ND LEGISLATIVE SESSION  

The 82nd Texas Legislature finally packed it up and went home on June 29, 2011, after having to call a Special Session to finish their business.  We taxpayers had to pay the extra cost.  

Since that time, my e-mail box has been full of legislators’ newsletters, nearly all of which have been touting these legislators’ great conservative successes.  

On Nov. 2, 2010, Texas voters elected a tsunami of supposedly conservative Republicans.  This election sent a message loud and clear that we Texans expected our legislators to vote for the conservative agenda.  

 

TEXAS EAGLE FORUM’S 2011 SCORECARD  

To our rescue has come Texas Eagle Forum with its 2011 Legislative Scorecard.  

Thanks to the hard work of Texas Eagle Forum (TEF), we no longer have to ponder who is “the real thing” and who is a “fake conservative.”   

On 8.2.11, TEF released a quantitative analysis of a wide spectrum of votes cast during the 82ndLegislative Session and has come up with a percentile rating for each member of the Texas Legislature. 

What I like about TEF’s scorecard is that the ratings are based upon a broad range of issues that are among the most important to the majority of Texans:   

Sonogram Bill, Photo I. D., Defunding of Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities Ban, Spending the Rainy Day Fund, Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), Protection from EPA Lawsuits, TSA and the Anti-Groping Bill, Homeschoolers, Home Owners Association Oversight, Real I. D., Bullying, More Bureaucracy, School Mental Health and Suicide Programs, Big Brother Is Watching, Cost of ObamaCare, Cockfighting, Summer Nutrition Program, Tax Incentives for Green Vehicles, Health Care Compact, Major Event Trust Fund, and Gun Rights.  

(*Of course, not every vote that was cast during the 82nd Legislative Session could be considered in TEF’s ratings.)  

Texas Eagle Forum (TEF) released its ratings on 8.2.11.  TEF rated each Senator’s and each House Representative’s performance from 1 to 100 percent with the higher numbers indicating strong conservative positions.  

Texas Eagle Forum, Scorecard,  82nd Legislative Session:  

Following is the list of the most conservative Senators and House Members.  These are the true heroes and heroines of the 82nd Legislative Session and deserve much praise. 

Hall of Courage – January 2011  

These true conservative legislators also deserve our monetary support for their campaigns; and when we go to the ballot box in 2012, we need to take this report with us.   

MOST CONSERVATIVE SENATE MEMBERS 

 

Brian Birdwell (R – Granbury) — 96% 

Glenn Hegar (R — Katy) — 72% 

Jane Nelson (R – Flower Mound) — 76% 

Dan Patrick (R – Houston) —  84% 

MOST CONSERVATIVE HOUSE MEMBERS

 

Leo Berman (R-Tyler) — 88% 

Cindy Burkett (R-Mesquite) — 88% 

Erwin Cain (R-Como) — 96% 

Wayne Christian (R-Center) — 100% 

Dan Flynn (R-Van) — 96% 

Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola)  — 85% 

Phil King (R-Weatherford) — 96% 

Jim Landtroop (R-Plainview) — 92% 

Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) — 96% 

Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) — 96% 

Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) — 96% 

Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) — 92% 

David Simpson (R-Longview) — 87% 

Van Taylor (R-Plano) — 92% 

James White (R-Hillister) — 92% 

Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) — 96% 

 

DEWHURST AND STRAUS SET THE AGENDA 

In Texas, it is the Lt. Gov. and the Speaker of the House who set the agenda by way of the people they place as committee chairs and as members on those committees.  Therefore, it is important for us voters to look at the appointees to see whether Dewhurst/Straus chose those who would elevate the conservative agenda or stifle it. 

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND RATINGS 

Below is a list of the Senate and House chairs and committee members appointed by Dewhurst/Straus along with TEF’s percentile score for each member.  Beside the name of each committee, I have tabulated an average percentile score for the members of that committee. 

Voters who are looking toward the 2012 elections should find it very interesting to compare the percentile scores of those who ran as “conservative” Republicans against those who are liberal Democrats.  

In many cases, the Republicans who labeled themselves as conservatives during their campaigns voted as liberals and had ratings similar to those of the liberal Democrats. 

To my way of thinking, legislators who score below 70% should not be considered conservative legislators. 

ANALYSIS OF THE 82ND LEGISLATIVE SESSION 

Based upon the Republican tsunami of Nov. 2, 2010, Texas voters sent 19 out of 31 Republicans to the Senate and 101 Republicans out of 150 to the House.  Approximately 86 of the House Republicans ran as conservatives.

When all of TEF’s 2011 ratings for the Senate committee members’ scores were added together, the average was 48.9%; the average for the House was 34.5%.  

No logical reason exists for these scores to be way below 70% except for the fact that Dewhurst/Straus chose committee chairs who drove the agenda away from conservative positions. 

The high-scoring conservative members were divided up on these committees so that a large number of their excellent, conservative bills were either killed in committee or were never allowed out on the floor for a vote. 

Out of 40 possible chairs/co-chair positions on committees, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst appointed onlyone of the high-scoring conservative Senators to a chairmanship and only four to co-chair positions. 

Speaker Joe Straus was even more biased against conservatives.  Out of 70 chair/co-chair positions in the House, not a single high-scoring conservative member was appointed as a chair;and only one was appointed to a co-chair position. 

HOW THE CHAIRS AND COMMITTEES DROVE THE AGENDA 

When we voters wonder why such bills as Sanctuary Cities, E-Verify, and  English as the official language of Texas were not passed, all we have to do is to look at various committees:  

(1)  Criminal Jurisprudence with a 47.2% rating and a Democrat Chair  with a 16% rating — appointed by Straus 

(2) Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee with an average score of 34.8% and a Straus-appointed chair with an 8% rating 

(3)  State Affairs Committee with an average of 30.2% and a Straus-appointed chair with 40% 

When we conservatives wonder why the American Law for American Courts bill did not pass (ALAC would have prevented Texas judges from using Sharia/Islamic law in family dispute cases), all we have to do is to look at the Dewhurst-appointed chair, Sen. Robert Duncan, who has a 52% rating.

If we conservatives are vitally concerned that the House Investigating Committee may not take its charge seriously, which is to investigate the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony charter schools for alleged ties to Turkish/Muslim organizations and for possible misuse of public funds, all we have to do is to look at the score for the committee — 33.6% with a Straus-appointed chair (Rep. Chuck Hopson) who has a score of 29%. 

When we conservatives are upset because of the four redistricting maps that have set the conservative agenda back for ten years, all we have to do is to look at Dewhurst’s Senate Select Committee on Redistricting with an average score of only 46.8% and a chairman (Sen. Seliger) with 60%. The House Redistricting Committee has an average score of 27.2% with a Straus-appointed chair (Rep. Burt Solomons) who has a 33% rating.   

If we wonder why the fair-minded chair of the State Board of Education (Gail Lowe — who was wholeheartedly supported by SBOE members on both sides of the aisle) was bottled up in the Senate Nominations Committee and whose name was never even allowed onto the Senate floor for a vote, all we have to do is to look at the Dewhurst-appointed chair (Sen. Robert Deuell — 56%) and the committee with an average score of 54.5%.  

If we are concerned because so many bills put forth by conservative House members never got to the floor for a vote, all we need to do is to consider the average score of 30.3% for the Calendars Committee.  

If we doubt the ruling passed down by Rep. Will Hartnett who was appointed by Straus to decide whether conservative Republican Dan Neil or left-wing Democrat Rep. Donna Howard  (TEF score of 4%) should have won the contested election in Travis County, all we have to do is to look at Hartnett’s 33% TEF average score.  Rep. Hartnett ruled that 222 military ballots cast overseas could not be counted but that 35 ballots upon which Travis County election workers had made mistakes should be counted.  Dan Neil lost by four votes. 

The Dewhurst-Straus appointed chairs and committee members definitely did drive the agenda.  If they had appointed conservatives to lead these committees, the outcomes would have been very different for this legislative session.  For instance, here are a few examples: 

  • the Sonogram Bill would have passed in the first several weeks of the Session; 
  • the four redistricting maps (Congressional, Senate, House, State Board of Education) would have been drawn up to help rather than hinder the elections of conservatives for the next ten years; 
  • the State Board of Education would have been able to continue its progress without interruption under the experienced leadership of the same chairperson; and the dedicated conservative SBOE members, who have worked so hard to implement new-and-improved curriculum standards in K-12, would have been applauded instead of vilified.       
  • a law would have been passed that forbids Texas public schools from participating in the personally intrusive national database; 
  • open-source curriculum materials would be under the oversight of the elected State Board of Education who could make sure that the materials written by liberal professors are not allowed to go straight to students’ desks;  
  • the public school funding mechanism would have been rewritten to force locals to practice fiscal responsibility.  Instead, the legislature used $4 Billion from the Rainy Day Fund which could put Texas in jeopardy during a time of great financial uncertainty; 
  • the TSA anti-groping bill would have been passed; 
  • the House pledge card system would have been banned; 
  • Sanctuary Cities and e-verify legislation would have been passed; 
  • the budget bills (SB 1 and SB 2) would not have been loaded up with provisions that had nothing to do with balancing the budget; 
  • and the use of foreign or Sharia law in our Texas courts would have been banned. 

 

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (Photo courtesy Trailblazer DMN

LT. GOV. DAVID DEWHURST’S APPOINTMENTS IN SENATE 

ADMINISTRATION — AVE. SCORE — 44.8% 

Kevin Eltife, Chair — R — 52%

Carlos Uresti, Vice-Chair —  D — 36% 

Steve Ogden — R — 62% 

Florence Shapiro — R — 68% 

Jeff Wentworth — R — 44% 

John Whitmire — R — 32% 

Judith Zaffirini — D — 20% 

AGRICULTURE & RURAL AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 51.2%  

Craig Estes, Chair — R — 60% 

Carlos Uresti, Vice-Chair — D – 36% 

*Glenn Hegar — R — 72% 

Juan Hinojosa — D — 24% 

Mike Jackson — R — 64% 

BUSINESS & COMMERCE — AVE. SCORE — 45.4%  

John Carona, Chair — R — 56% 

Chris Harris, Vice-Chair — R — 64% 

Kevin Eltife — R — 52% 

Craig Estes — R — 60% 

Mike Jackson — R — 64% 

Eddie Lucio —  D — 36% 

Leticia Van de Putte — D — 25% 

Kirk Watson — D — 20% 

John Whitmire — D — 32% 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE — AVE. SCORE — 50.2% 

John Whitmire, Chair — D — 32% 

Joan Huffman, Vice-Chair — R — 60% 

John Carona — R — 56% 

Rodney Ellis — D — 24% 

*Glenn Hegar — R — 72% 

Juan Hinojosa — D — 24% 

*Dan Patrick — R — 84%

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — AVE SCORE — 54.2%  

Mike Jackson, Chair — R — 64% 

Troy Fraser, Vice-Chair — R — 64% 

*Brian Birdwell — R — 96%

Kevin Eltife — R — 52% 

Chris Harris — R — 64% 

Kirk Watson — D — 20% 

Judith Zaffirini — D — 20% 

EDUCATION — AVE. SCORE — 48.3% 

Florence Shapiro, Chair — R — 68% 

*Dan Patrick, Vice-Chair — R — 84% 

John Carona — R — 56%

Wendy Davis — D — 24% 

Mario Gallegos —  D — 36% 

Steve Ogden — R — 62% 

Kel Seliger — R — 60% 

Leticia Van de Putte — D — 25% 

Royce West — D — 20% 

FINANCE — AVE. SCORE – 50.1% 

Steve Ogden, Chair — R — 62% 

Juan Hinojosa, Vice-Chair — D — 24% 

Robert Deuell — R — 56% 

Robert Duncan — R — 52% 

Kevin Eltife — R — 52% 

Craig Estes — R — 60% 

Eddie Lucio — D — 36% 

*Jane Nelson — R — 76% 

*Dan Patrick — R — 84% 

Kel Seliger — R — 60% 

Florence Shapiro — R — 68% 

Royce West — D — 20%  

John Whitmire — D — 32% 

Tommy Williams — R — 50% 

Judith Zaffirini — D — 20% 

GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION — AVE. SCORE — 56.8% 

Rodney Ellis, Chair — D — 24% 

*Glenn Hegar, Vice-Chair — R — 72% 

*Brian Birdwell — R — 96% 

Eddie Lucio — D — 36% 

*Jane Nelson — R — 76% 

Steve Ogden — R — 62% 

John Whitmire — D — 32% 

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES — AVE. SCORE — 48%

*Jane Nelson, Chair — R — 76% 

Robert Deuell, Vice-Chair — R — 56% 

Joan Huffman — R — 60% 

Robert Nichols — R — 60% 

*Dan Patrick — R — 84% 

Jose Rodriguez —  D — 20% 

Carlos Uresti — D — 36% 

Royce West — D — 20% 

Judith Zaffirini — D — 20%

HIGHER EDUCATION — AVE. SCORE — 44.5% 

Judith Zaffirini, Chair — D — 20% 

*Brian Birdwell, Vice-Chair — R — 96% 

Robert Duncan — R — 52% 

Joan Huffman — R — 60% 

Kirk Watson — D — 20%

Jeff Wentworth — R — 44% 

Royce West — D — 20% 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS — AVE. SCORE — 48.8% 

Royce West, Chair — D — 20% 

Robert Nichols, Vice-Chair — R — 60%

Mario Gallegos — D — 36% 

*Dan Patrick — R — 84% 

Jeff Wentworth — R — 44% 

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FLOODING & EVACUATIONS — AVE. SCORE — 60%

Mario Gallegos, Chair — D — 36% 

Robert Nichols — R — 60% 

*Dan Patrick — R — 84% 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & TRADE — AVE. SCORE —  41.4% 

Eddie Lucio, Chair — D — 36% 

Wendy Davis, Vice-Chair — D — 24% 

Troy Fraser — R — 64% 

Mario Gallegos — D — 36% 

Jose Rodriguez — D — 20% 

Kel Seliger — R — 60% 

Tommy Williams — R — 50%  

JURISPRUDENCE — AVE. SCORE — 46.2% 

Chris Harris, Chair — D — 64% 

Jose Rodriguez, Vice-Chair — D — 20% 

John Carona — R — 56% 

Robert Duncan — R — 52% 

Mario Gallegos — D — 36% 

Joan Huffman — R — 60% 

Carlos Uresti — D — 36% 

NATURAL RESOURCES — AVE. SCORE — 54.5% 

Troy Fraser, Chair – R — 64% 

Craig Estes, Vice-Chair — R — 60% 

Robert Deuell — R — 56% 

Robert Duncan — R — 52% 

Kevin Eltife — R — 52% 

*Glenn Hegar — R — 72% 

Juan Hinojosa — D — 24% 

Mike Jackson — R — 64% 

Robert Nichols — R — 60% 

Kel Seliger — R — 60% 

Carlos Uresti — D — 36% 

NOMINATIONS — AVE. SCORE — 52.5% 

Robert Deuell, Chair — R — 56% 

*Glenn Hegar, Vice-Chair — R — 72% 

Troy Fraser — R — 64% 

*Jane Nelson — R — 76% 

Robert Nichols — R –60% 

Jose Rodriguez — D — 20% 

Kirk Watson — D — 20% 

SELECT COMMITTEE ON REDISTRICTING — AVE. SCORE — 46.8%

Kel Seliger, Chair — R — 60% 

Mario Gallegos, Vice-Chair — D — 36% 

John Carona — R — 56% 

Kevin Eltife — R –52% 

Craig Estes — R — 60% 

Troy Fraser — R —  64%

Juan Hinojosa — D — 24% 

Joan Huffman — R — 60% 

Eddie Lucio — D — 36% 

*Dan Patrick — R — 84% 

Carlos Uresti — D – 36% 

Jeff Wentworth — R — 44% 

Royce West — D — 20%  

Tommy Williams — R — 50% 

Judith Zaffirini — D — 20% 

STATE AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 47.8% 

Robert Duncan, Chair — R — 52% 

Robert Deuell, Vice-Chair — R — 56% 

Rodney Ellis — D — 24% 

Troy Fraser — R — 64% 

Joan Huffman — R — 60% 

Mike Jackson — R — 64% 

Eddie Lucio —  D — 36% 

Leticia Van de Putte — D — 25% 

Tommy Williams — R — 50% 

TRANSPORTATION & HOMELAND SECURITY — AVE. SCORE — 42% 

Tommy Williams, Chair — R — 50% 

Kirk Watson, Vice-Chair — D — 20% 

Wendy Davis — D — 24% 

Rodney Ellis — D — 24% 

Chris Harris — R — 64% 

Juan Hinojosa — D  — 24% 

Robert Nichols — R — 60% 

Florence Shapiro — R — 68% 

Jeff Wentworth — R — 44% 

VETERANS AFFAIRS & MILITARY INSTALLATIONS — AVE. SCORE — 44.8% 

Leticia Van de Putte, Chair — D — 25% 

Jeff Wentworth, Vice-Chair — R — 44% 

*Brian Birdwell — R — 96% 

Wendy Davis — D — 24% 

Craig Estes — D — 60%

Jose Rodriguez — D — 20%  

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Texas Speaker Joe Straus

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS’ APPOINTMENTS IN HOUSE 

SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE 

Beverly Woolley  — R – 30% 

DEAN OF TEXAS HOUSE  

Tom Craddick – R — 40% 

SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION 

Dennis Bonnen – R — Chair – 43%

AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK  — AVE. SCORE — 47% 

Rick Hardcastle — R — Chair — 36%  

Doc Anderson — R — Vice-Chair — 48%

Tim Kleinschmidt –R — 40%

J. M. Lozano — D — 16%

Charlie Howard — R — 44% 

*Bryan Hughes — R — 85% 

Jason Isaac — R — 54% 

*Jim Landtroop — R — 92% 

Borrie L. Miles — D — 8% 

APPROPRIATIONS — AVE. SCORE – 28%  

Jim Pitts — Chair — R — 36% 

Sylvester Turner — D — Vice-Chair — 8%

Warren Chisum — R — 42% 

Myra Crownover — R — 33% 

Dawnna Dukes — D — 9% 

Craig Eiland — D — 17% 

Helen Giddings — D — 8% 

Scott Hochberg — D — 8% 

Ruth Jones McClendon — D – 12% 

Geanie Morrison — R — 42%  

John Otto — R — 28%

Jim Pitts — R — 36% 

Debbie Riddle — R — 44% 

Mike Villarreal — D — 8%   

Jimmie Don Aycock — R — 32%

Angie Chen Button — R  — 40%

Drew Darby — R — 28% 

Lance Gooden — R — 44% 

Eric Johnson — D — 12% 

Susan King — R — 29% 

Dee Margo — R — 32% 

Armando Martinez — D — 20% 

Doug Miller — R — 36% 

Diane Patrick — R — 32% 

Charles Schwertner  — R — 44%  

Mark Shelton — R — 32% 

Raul Torres — R — 36% 

John Zerwas — R — 36% 

BORDER & INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 34.8% 

Veronica Gonzales – D — Chair – 8%  

Randy Weber – R — Vice-Chair – 48%  

Robert Alonzo — D — 8% 

Jessica Farrar — D — 8% 

Larry Gonzales — R — 36% 

Rick Hardcastle — R — 36% 

Larry Phillips — R — 39% 

Debbie Riddle — R — 44% 

*David Simpson — R — 87% 

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY — AVE. SCORE — 30.5% 

Joe Deshotel – D — Chair – 17%   

Rob Orr – R — Vice-Chair – 40%

Sid Miller — R — 40% 

Rob Orr — R — 40% 

Chente Quintanilla — D — 14% 

Dwayne Bohac — R — 33%  

John Garza — R — 40%

Helen Giddings — D — 8% 

Burt Solomons — R — 33%  

Paul Workman — R — 40%

CALENDARS — AVE. SCORE — 30.3% 

Todd Hunter — R — Chair — 40% 

Dennis Bonnen — R — Vice-Chair — 43% 

Dan Branch — R — 30% 

Garnet Coleman — D — 12% 

Byron Cook — R — 40% 

Charlie Geren — R — 37% 

Jim Keffer — R — 37%  

Tracy King — D — 24%

Lois Kolkhorst — R — 44% 

Eddie Lucio III — D — 17% 

Allan Ritter — R — 28%  

Eddie Rodriguez — D — 8% 

Burt Solomons — R — 33% 

Vicki Truitt — R — 26%

John Zerwas — R — 36% 

CORRECTIONS — AVE. SCORE — 57.3% 

Jerry Madden – R — Chair — 44% 

Alma Allen – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

*Erwin Cain — R — 96% 

Todd Hunter — R — 40% 

Marisa Marquez — D — 8% 

*Tan Parker — R — 96% 

*Charles Perry — R — 92% 

*James White — R — 92% 

Paul Workman — R — 40% 

COUNTY AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 44.6% 

Garnet Coleman – D — Chair – 12%  

Marisa Marquez – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

Lance Gooden — R — 44%

Larry Gonzales — R — 36% 

Mike Hamilton — R — 32% 

Jim Jackson — R — 36% 

*Ken Paxton — R — 96% 

Wayne Smith — R — 46% 

*James White  — R — 92% 

CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE — AVE. SCORE — 47.2% 

Pete Gallego – D — Chair – 16% 

Will Harnett – R — Vice-Chair – 33% 

Jose Aliseda — R — 40% 

*Cindy Burkett — R — 88%

Stefani Carter — R — 36% 

*Wayne Christian — R — 100% 

Yvonne Davis — D — 8% 

Eddie Rodriguez — D — 8% 

*Bill Zedler — R — 96% 

CULTURE, RECREATION & TOURISM — AVE. SCORE — 27.8%

 

Ryan Guillen – D — Chair –  16%

 

Gary Elkins – R — Vice-Chair – 36%
John Kuempel — R — 33%

 

Lyle Larson — R — 36%

 

Four Price — R — 48%

 

Joe Deshotel — D — 17%

 

Dawnna Dukes — D — 9%

 

Tracy King — D — 24%

 

Todd Smith — R — 32% 

DEFENSE & VETERANS AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 61.3% 

Joe Pickett – D — Chair – 29% 

 Ralph Sheffield – R — Vice-Chair – 40%

*Leo Berman — R — 88%

Joe Farias — D — 8%

Ralph Sheffield — R — 40% 

*Dan Flynn — R — 96% 

*Jim Landtroop — R — 92% 

*Charles Perry — R — 92% 

Connie Scott — R — 36% 

*Van Taylor — R — 92% 

ECONOMIC & SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT — AVE. SCORE — 22.5% 

John Davis – R — Chair – 32% 

Hubert Vo – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

Borris L. Miles — D — 8%  

Hubert Vo — D — 8% 

Rodney Anderson — R — 44%

Jim Murphy — R — 36% 

Ron Reynolds — D — 8%

Kenneth Sheets  — R — 36% 

ELECTIONS — AVE. SCORE — 46.6% 

Larry Taylor – R — Chair – 40%  

Ana E. Hernandez – D — Vice-Chair – 8%

*Cindy Burkett — R — 88%

*Leo Berman — R — 88%

Dan Branch — R — 30% 

Joe Farias — D — 8% 

Jason Isaac — R — 54%  

*Phil King — R — 96% 

Marc Veasey — D — 8% 

ENERGY RESOURCES — AVE. SCORE — 31.8% 

Jim Keffer – R — Chair – 37%

Myra Crownover – R — Vice-Chair – 33% 

Tom Craddick — R — 40% 

John Davis — R — 32% 

Charlie Howard — R — 44%  

Stefani Carter — R — 36% 

J. M. Lozano — D — 16% 

Ralph Sheffield — R — 40% 

Mark Strama — D — 9% 

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS — AVE. SCORE — 36.2%  

Wayne Smith – R — Chair – 40% 

Jessica Farrar – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

Lon Burnam — R — 88% 

Jessica Farrar — D — 8%

Ken Legler — R — 44% 

Jose Aliseda — R — 40% 

Warren Chisum — R — 42%  

Kelly Hancock — R — 48%

Lanham Lyne — R — 36% 

Ron Reynolds — D — 8% 

GENERAL INVESTIGATING & ETHICS — AVE. SCORE — 33.6%  

Chuck Hopson –  R — Chair – 29%  

Brandon Creighton – R — Vice-Chair – 44% 

Pete Gallego — D — 16% 

Todd Hunter — R — 40% 

Larry Phillips — R — 39% 

GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY & REFORM — AVE. SCORE — 50% 

Bill Callegari – R – Chair – 32%  

Eddie Lucio – D — Vice-Chair – 17%  

John Frullo — R — 46% 

*Bill Zedler — R — 96%  

*Erwin Cain — R — 96% 

Linda Harper-Brown — R — 43% 

Sergio Muñoz, Jr. — D — 20% 

HIGHER EDUCATION — AVE. SCORE — 24.1% 

Dan Branch – R — Chair – 30%  

Joaquin Castro – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

Roberto Alonzo — D — 8% 

Dennis Bonnen — R — 43%  

Fred Brown — R — 32%

Donna Howard — D — 4% 

Eric Johnson — D — 12% 

Tryon Lewis — R — 48% 

Diane Patrick — R — 32%  

HOMELAND SECURITY & PUBLIC SAFETY — AVE. SCORE — 44%

Sid Miller – R – Chair – 40% 

Allen Fletcher – R — Vice-Chair – 44%  

*Dan Flynn — R — 96%  

Aaron Peña  — R — 24%

Marva Beck — R — 40%  

Lon Burnam — R — 88%

Joe Driver — R — 48%

Barbara Mallory Caraway — D — 8%  

Armando Walle — D — 8%

HOUSE ADMINISTRATION — AVE. SCORE — 24.1%

Charlie Geren – R — Chair – 37%

Donna Howard – D — Vice-Chair – 4%

Alma Allen — D — 8% 

Rob Eissler — R — 36%  

Lance Gooden — R — 44% 

Susan King — R — 29%

Marisa Marquez — D — 8% 

Sid Miller — R — 40% 

Sergio Muñoz, Jr. — D — 20% 

Todd Smith — R — 32%  

Hubert Vo — D — 8% 

HUMAN SERVICES — AVE. SCORE — 47.1%  

Richard Raymond – D — Chair – 20%  

Geanie Morrison – R — Vice-Chair – 42% 

Naomi Gonzalez — D — 12% 

*Bryan Hughes — R — 85%  

Elliott Naishtat — D — 8%

Chuck Hopson — R — 29%  

Todd Hunter — R — 40% 

*Jodie Laubenberg — R — 96%

*Van Taylor — R — 92%

JOINT COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND HHS ELIGIBILITY SYSTEM — AVE. SCORE — 32.0%

Fred Brown – R — Chair – 32%

INSURANCE — AVE. SCORE — 29.4%

John Smithee – R — Chair – 36%

Craig Eiland – D — Vice-Chair – 17%

Barbara Nash — R — 36%

Larry Taylor — R — 40%

Armando Walle — D — 8%

Kelly Hancock — R — 48%

 

Kenneth Sheets — R — 36%

 

Raul Torres — R — 36%

 

Hubert Vo — D — 8%

 

 

 

JUDICIARY & CIVIL JURISPRUDENCE — AVE. SCORE — 30.5%

 

Jim Jackson – R — Chair – 36% 

 

Tryon Lewis – R — Vice-Chair – 48% 

 

Joaquin Castro — D — 8%

 

Will Hartnett — R — 33%

 

Jerry Madden — R — 44%

 

Richard Peña Raymond — D — 20% 

 

Dwayne Bohac — R — 33%

 

Sarah Davis — R — 36%

 

Connie Scott — R — 36%

 

Senfronia Thompson — D — 12%

 

Beverly Woolley — R — 30%

 

 

 

LAND & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT — AVE. SCORE — 33.7%

 

Rene Oliveira – D — Chair – D — 12% 

 

Tim Kleinschmidt – R — Vice-Chair – 40% 

 

John Garza — R — 40%

 

George Lavender — R — 48%

 

Dee Margo — R — 32%

 

Rafael Anchia — D — 12%

 

Rodney Anderson — R — 44%

 

Fred Brown — R — 32%

 

Lois Kolkhorst — R — 44%

 

 

 

LICENSING & ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES — AVE. SCORE — 27.1%

 

Mike Hamilton – R — Chair – 32%

 

Chente Quintanilla – D — Vice-Chair – 24%

 

Joe Driver — R — 48%

 

Mike Hamilton — R — 32%

 

Senfronia Thompson — D — 12% 

 

Charlie Geren  — R — 37%

 

Roland Gutierrez — D — 8%

 

Patricia Harless — D — 24%

 

John Kuempel — R — 33%

 

Jose Menendez — D — 21%

 

 

 

LOCAL & CONSENT CALENDARS — AVE. SCORE — 29.8%

 

Senfronia Thompson – D — Chair – 12%

 

Kelly Hancock – R — Vice-Chair – 48% 

 

Dwayne Bohac — R — 33%

 

Drew Darby — R — 28%

 

Gary Elkins — R — 36%

 

Joe Farias — D — 8%

 

Linda Harper-Brown — R – 43%

 

Lyle Larson — R — 36%

 

Marisa Marquez — D — 8%

 

Rob Orr — R — 40%

 

Connie Scott — R — 36%

 

 

 

NATURAL RESOURCES — AVE. SCORE — 30.9%

 

Allan Ritter – R — Chair – 28%

 

Tracy King – D — Vice-Chair – 24% 

 

Chuck Hopson — R — 29% 

 

Jim Keffer — R — 37%

 

Tracy King — D — 24%

 

Trey Martinez Fischer — D — 8%

 

Marva Beck — R — 40%

 

Brandon Creighton — R — 44%

 

Lyle Larson — R — 36%

 

Eddie Lucie III — D — 17%

 

Doug Miller — R — 36%

 

Four Price — R — 48%

 

 

 

PENSIONS, INVESTMENTS & FINANCIAL SERVICES — AVE. SCORE — 26.6%

 

Vicki Truitt – R — Chair – 26% 
Rafael Anchia – D — Vice-Chair – 12% 

 

Rafael Anchia — D — 12%

 

Doc Anderson — R — 48%

 

Marc Veasey — D — 8%

 

Brandon Creighton — R — 44%

 

Ana E. Luna Hernandez — D — 8%

 

Ken Legler — R — 44%

 

Barbara Nash — R — 36%

 

Rob Orr — R — 28%

 

 

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION — AVE. SCORE — 24.8% 

Rob Eissler – R — Chair – 36% 

Scott Hochberg – D — Vice-Chair – 8%  

Alma Allen — D — 8% 

Harold Dutton — D — 8% 

Ryan Guillen — D — 16% 

Todd Smith — R — 32%. 

Jimmie Don Aycock — R — 32% 

Dan Huberty — R — 44% 

Mark Shelton — R — 32% 

Mark Strama  — D — 9%  

Randy Weber — R — 48% 

PUBLIC HEALTH — AVE. SCORE — 31.5% 

Lois Kolkhorst – R — Chair – 44% 

Elliott Naishtat – D — Vice-Chair – 8%  

Garnet Coleman — D — 12% 

Veronica Gonzales — D — 8% 

*Jodie Laubenberg — R — 96% 

Vicki Truitt — R — 26% 

Carol Alvarado — D — 8% 

Sarah Davis — R — 36%  

Susan King — R — 29% 

Charles Schwertner   — R — 44% 

John Zerwas — R — 36%

REDISTRICTING — AVE. SCORE — 27.2% 

Burt Solomons – R — Chair – 33%  

Mike Villarreal – D — Vice-Chair – 8%  

Robert Alonzo — D — 8%

Carol Alvarado — D — 8% 

Jimmie Don Aycock — R — 32%

Dan Branch — R — 30% 

Rob Eissler — R — 36%  

Charlie Geren  — R — 37% 

Patricia Harless — D — 24% 

Harvey Hilderbran — R — 36% 

Todd Hunter  — R — 40% 

Jim Keffer  — R — 37% 

Jerry Madden — R — 44% 

Aaron Peña  — D — 24% 

Larry Phillips — R — 30% 

Joe Pickett — D — 29% 

Marc Veasey — D — 8% 

RULES & RESOLUTIONS — AVE. SCORE — 38.8% 

Ruth McClendon – D — Chair – 12%

 

*Tan Parker – R — Vice-Chair – 96%

 

Joe Farias — D — 8%

 

Naomi Gonzalez — D — 12%

 

Linda Harper-Brown — R — 43%

Charlie Howard — R — 44%

Tracy King — D — 24%

J. M. Lozano — D — 16%

*Charles Perry — R — 92%

Ralph Sheffield — R — 40% 

Paul Workman — R — 40% 

STATE AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 30.2% 

Byron Cook – R — Chair – 40% 

Jose Menendez – R — Vice-Chair – 21% 

Pete Gallego — D — 16% 

Harvey Hilderbran  — R — 36% 

Rene Oliveira — D — 12%

John Smithee — R — 36%  

Sylvester Turner — D — 8%  

Tom Craddick — R — 40% 

John Frullo — R — 46% 

Charlie Geren — R — 37% 

Patricia Harless — R — 24% 

Dan Huberty — R — 44%

Burt Solomons — R — 33% 

TECHNOLOGY — AVE. SCORE — 24.8% 

Aaron Peña – R — Chair – 24%  

Angie Button – R — Vice-Chair – 40% 

Rob Eissler — R — 36%  

Donna Howard — D — 4% 

Sergio Muñoz, Jr.  — D — 20% 

TRANSPORTATION — AVE. SCORE — 29.2% 

Larry Phillips – R — Chair – 39% 

Drew Darby – R — Vice-Chair –  28%  

Yvonne Davis — D — 8% 

Linda Harper-Brown — R — 43%  

Joe Pickett  — D — 29%  

Eddie Rodriguez  — D — 8% 

Dennis Bonnen  — R — 43% 

Allen Fletcher  — R — 44% 

George Lavender — R — 48% 

Armando Martinez — D — 20% 

Ruth Jones McClendon — D — 12% 

URBAN AFFAIRS — AVE. SCORE — 44.7% 

Harold Dutton – D — Chair – 8% 

Carol Alvarado – D — Vice-Chair  — 8%

Carol Alvarado — D — 8%

Barbara Mallory Caraway — D — 8% 

Bill Callegari — R — 32% 

Roland Gutierrez — D — 8% 

*Phil King — R — 96% 

*Tan Parker — R — 96% 

*Ken Paxton — R — 96% 

*David Simpson — R — 87% 

WAYS & MEANS — AVE. SCORE – 32.5% 

Harvey Hilderbran – R — Chair – 36% 

John Otto – R — Vice-Chair – 28% 

*Wayne Christian  — R — 100% 

Gary Elkins – R — 36% 

Allan Ritter – R — 28%  

Beverly Woolley – R — 30%  

Naomi Gonzalez – D —  12% 

Lanham Lyne – R —  36% 

Martinez Fischer  – D — 8% 

Jim Murphy – R —  36% 

Mike Villarreal – D —  8% 

SELECT COMMITTEE ON STATE SOVEREIGNTY (10TH AMENDMENT — POWERS RESERVED FOR THE STATES) APPOINTED BY SPEAKER STRAUS — AVE. SCORE — 28.2% 

Brandon Creighton – R — Chair  — 44% 

Trey Martinez Fisher – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

Dan Branch – R — 30%

Sid Miller – R — 40% 

Drew Darby – R — 28% 

Senfronia Thompson – D — 12% 

Jim Pitts – R — 36%

SELECT COMMITTEE ON VOTER ID AND VOTER FRAUD — APPOINTED BY SPEAKER STRAUS — AVE. SCORE — 25.6% 

Dennis Bonnen – R — Chair – 43%

Mark Veasey – D — Vice-Chair – 8% 

Jose Aliseda –  R — 40% 

Patricia Harless – R — 24% 

Roland Gutierrez – D — 8%

Larry Taylor – R — 40%

Scott Hochberg – D — 8% 

Aaron Peña – R — 24% 

Harvey Hilderbran – R — 36%

SELECT COMMITTEE ON ELECTION CONTEST — APPOINTED BY SPEAKER STRAUS — AVE. SCORE — 33.3% 

Todd Hunter – R — Chair – 40% 

Craig Eiland – D — Vice-Chair – 17%

Dennis Bonnen – R — 43%

Helen Giddings – D — 8%

Ryan Guillen – D — 16%

Lois Kolkhorst –  R — 44% 

Tryon Lewis – R — 48% 

Jerry Madden – R — 44% 

Wayne Smith – R — 40%  

Please go to this link to see more information about the House committees:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/CommitteesMbrs.aspx?Chamber=H  

 

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Please go to this link to see more information about the Senate committees: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/CommitteesMbrs.aspx?Chamber=S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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