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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 14 Randy Weber Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 33 Marc Veasey Democratic 30%
TX Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Republican 81%
TX State House 2 Dan Flynn Republican 95%
TX State House 8 Byron Cook Republican 75%
TX State House 22 Joe Deshotel Democratic 28%
TX State House 25 Dennis Bonnen Republican 76%
TX State House 28 John Zerwas Republican 80%
TX State House 30 Geanie Morrison Republican 85%
TX State House 31 Ryan Guillén Democratic 40%
TX State House 32 Todd Hunter Republican 71%
TX State House 34 Abel Herrero Democratic 23%
TX State House 37 René Oliveira Democratic 35%
TX State House 38 Eddie Lucio III Democratic 28%
TX State House 39 Mando Martinez Democratic 28%
TX State House 42 Richard Raymond Democratic 35%
TX State House 46 Dawnna Dukes Democratic 23%
TX State House 48 Donna Howard Democratic 25%
TX State House 51 Eddie Rodriguez Democratic 22%
TX State House 56 Doc Anderson Republican 100%
TX State House 61 Phil King Republican 90%
TX State House 62 Larry Phillips Republican 95%
TX State House 63 Tan Parker Republican 95%
TX State House 72 Drew Darby Republican 72%
TX State House 78 Joe Moody Democratic 33%
TX State House 79 Joe Pickett Democratic 40%
TX State House 80 Tracy King Democratic 42%
TX State House 82 Thomas Craddick Republican 90%
TX State House 86 John Smithee Republican 86%
TX State House 89 Jodie Laubenberg Republican 100%
TX State House 99 Charlie Geren Republican 72%
TX State House 101 Chris Turner Democratic 28%
TX State House 103 Rafael Anchía Democratic 27%
TX State House 104 Roberto Alonzo Democratic 20%
TX State House 109 Helen Giddings Democratic 26%
TX State House 111 Yvonne Davis Democratic 25%
TX State House 112 Angie Chen Button Republican 85%
TX State House 119 Roland Gutierrez Democratic 33%
TX State House 131 Alma Allen Democratic 23%
TX State House 135 Gary Elkins Republican 85%
TX State House 138 Dwayne Bohac Republican 65%
TX State House 140 Armando Walle Democratic 27%
TX State House 141 Senfronia Thompson Democratic 31%
TX State House 142 Harold Dutton, Jr. Democratic 22%
TX State House 143 Ana Hernandez Democratic 20%
TX State House 145 Carol Alvarado Democratic 30%
TX State House 147 Garnet Coleman Democratic 25%
TX State House 148 Jessica Farrar Democratic 20%
TX State House 149 Hubert Vo Democratic 31%
TX State Senate 1 Bryan Hughes Republican 90%
TX State Senate 3 Robert Nichols Republican 66%
TX State Senate 4 Brandon Creighton Republican 87%
TX State Senate 9 Kelly Hancock Republican 94%
TX State Senate 11 Larry Taylor Republican 89%
TX State Senate 14 Kirk Watson Democratic 25%
TX State Senate 15 John Whitmire Democratic 28%
TX State Senate 17 Joan Huffman Republican 78%
TX State Senate 18 Lois Kolkhorst Republican 85%
TX State Senate 19 Carlos Uresti Democratic 40%
TX State Senate 20 Juan Hinojosa Democratic 33%
TX State Senate 21 Judith Zaffirini Democratic 33%
TX State Senate 23 Royce West Democratic 28%
TX State Senate 26 José Menéndez Democratic 30%
TX State Senate 27 Eddie Lucio, Jr. Democratic 25%
TX State Senate 30 Craig Estes Republican 66%
TX State Senate 31 Kel Seliger Republican 42%
TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, Jr. Republican 100%
TX Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, Jr. Republican 78%
TX Mayor At-Large Sylvester Turner Democratic 33%
TX Council Member C Ellen Cohen 36%
Kip Averitt 35%
Jimmie Don Aycock 95%
Leo Berman 85%
Valinda Bolton 23%
Daniel Branch 85%
Betty Brown 84%
Fred Brown 90%
Lon Burnam 22%
Bill Callegari 90%
John Carona 40%
Norma Chávez 27%
Warren Chisum 90%
Wayne Christian 100%
Frank Corte, Jr. 85%
Joe Crabb 86%
Myra Crownover 90%
John Davis 81%
Wendy Davis 25%
Bob Deuell 43%
Joe Driver 83%
Robert Duncan 38%
Jim Dunnam 33%
Al Edwards 42%
Craig Eiland 36%
Rob Eissler 77%
Rodney Ellis 23%
Kevin Eltife 37%
Kirk England 27%
David Farabee 36%
Joe Farias 23%
Allen Fletcher 86%
Ismael Flores 28%
Troy Fraser 86%
Stephen Frost 50%
Pete Gallego 28%
Mario Gallegos, Jr. 35%
Dan Gattis 86%
Veronica Gonzales 22%
Yvonne González Toureilles 28%
Mike Hamilton 80%
Rick Hardcastle 80%
Patricia Harless 80%
Linda Harper-Brown 91%
Chris Harris 44%
Will Ford Hartnett 66%
Joe Heflin 33%
Paula Hightower-Pierson 29%
Harvey Hilderbran 75%
Scott Hochberg 26%
Terri Hodge 28%
Mark Homer 42%
Chuck Hopson 45%
Charlie Howard 95%
Carl Isett 95%
Jim Jackson 69%
Mike Jackson 85%
Delwin Jones 71%
Jim Keffer 76%
Carol Kent 28%
Susan King 55%
Tim Kleinschmidt 91%
Edmund Kuempel 75%
Ken Legler 95%
David McQuade Leibowitz 27%
Tryon Lewis 85%
Jerry Madden 80%
Diana Maldonado 28%
Barbara Mallory Caraway 35%
Marisa Marquez 22%
Trey Martinez Fischer 28%
Brian McCall 57%
Ruth Jones McClendon 28%
Jim McReynolds 38%
Thomas Merritt 63%
Robert Miklos 23%
Doug Miller 86%
Sid Miller 90%
Elliott Naishtat 20%
Jane Gray Nelson 93%
Steve Ogden 53%
Dora Olivo 28%
Rob Orr 76%
Solomon Ortiz, Jr. 28%
John Otto 70%
Diane Patrick 71%
Aaron Pena, Jr. 42%
Jim Pitts 53%
Chente Quintanilla 33%
Debbie Riddle 85%
Tara Rios Ybarra 38%
Allan Ritter 42%
Patrick Rose 42%
Florence Shapiro 53%
Eliot Shapleigh 31%
Ralph Sheffield 86%
Mark Shelton 85%
Todd Smith 66%
Wayne Smith 81%
Burt Solomons 75%
Mark Strama 31%
David Swinford 76%
Kristi Thibaut 35%
Vicki Truitt 68%
Leticia Van de Putte 33%
Allen Vaught 37%
Michael Villarreal 11%
Earl Wentworth 31%
Tommy Williams 57%
Beverly Woolley 78%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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