Who Were the Most Environmentally-Friendly State Legislators this Past Session?

by jim on September 10, 2013

tX Capitol as money copyAustin-based Environment Texas released its bi-annual list of best and worst legislators for the just finished session. It's based on the recorded votes of members on eight or nine of the most high-profile environemental bills, good or bad, that were up for consideration in front of the entire Chamber.

The Tea Party rebellion of 2010 has decimated the ranks of moderate Republicans who at lest tried to pay lip service to environemental protection. Now those are fighting words for the majority of Reublicans serving in Austin. Consequently, the lists are very lopsided.

Best in the Senate

In the Senate, three members drew a 100% perfect scores:

Sens. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston),

Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso)

Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston).

Best in the House

In the House, twenty reps voted for major environmental bills 100 percent of the time:

Alma Allen (D-Houston)
Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston)
Hubert Vo (D-Houston)
Ron Reynolds (D-Houston)

Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth)
Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth)

Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin)
Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin)
Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin)

Helen Giddings (D-Dallas)

Mary Gonzalez (D-El Paso)
Naomi Gonzalez (D-El Paso)
Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso)
Joe Moody (D-El Paso)

Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio)
Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio)
Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio)

Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi)
Poncho Nevarez (D-Del Rio)
Rene Olveira (D-Brownsville)

Worst in the Senate

Sens. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills)

Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)

Worst in the House

As the Texas observer noted – "Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) scored a whopping 13 percent. But he had stiff competition. Sixteen other GOP representatives voted for the environment just 22 – 25%  of the time. These included plenty of North Texas Reps, including Arlington's Bill Zedler, Frisco's Pat Fallon, and Plano's Van Taylor.

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