The Texas Tribune recently compiled a left to right political analysis of the Texas House and Texas Senate to find who are our most liberal and conservative legislators in both parties.
It's an analysis that will come in quite handy if you're planning to lobby under the Pink Dome this summer during the upcoming Special Oppression Session that starts July18.
It'll help you peeps who haven't been paying close attention to who these peeps are or where their politics fall. It also give some of you planning to run for the state House or Senate the ammo you need or confirmation enough of their political orientation to run against some of those Texas legislative and senate peeps in 2018.
So let's start with the Texas Senate.
The most conservative Democratic senator was drum roll please, Sen Eddie Lucio, Jr (DINO-Brownsville) and the least conservative Republican one was Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo)
Moving on to the Texas House
In our 150 member Texas House that has a 94-56 GOP Majority, Rep. Lina Ortega (D-El Paso is the most liberal House member, and the most conservative House member is a tie between Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park), Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) and not surprising (Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving)
The most conservative Democratic House legislators was a tie between Rep Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) and Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) and the least conservative state rep was Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston)
Davis still pissed off a lot of people in her liberal leaning district with that affirmative SB 4 vote
And it also illustrates why the Republican caucus had some entertaining and contentious intra-party squabbles during that last session, because in effect, they are basically split into two groups, the Centrist Conservatives and the Tea Klux Klan-Movement Conservatives.
So hope this post was helpful in getting you to understand where the legislative and senate players stand ideologically in advance of July 18.