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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Texas Public Interest Research Group

2007 Positions on Public Interest Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 67
TX U.S. House 33 Marc Veasey Democratic 100
TX State House 2 Dan Flynn Republican 22
TX State House 5 Bryan Hughes Republican 33
TX State House 8 Byron Cook Republican 22
TX State House 18 John Otto Republican 33
TX State House 22 Joe Deshotel Democratic 33
TX State House 25 Dennis Bonnen Republican 44
TX State House 28 John Zerwas Republican 33
TX State House 30 Geanie Morrison Republican 44
TX State House 31 Ryan Guillén Democratic 56
TX State House 34 Abel Herrero Democratic 89
TX State House 37 René Oliveira Democratic 22
TX State House 38 Eddie Lucio III Democratic 44
TX State House 39 Armando Martinez Democratic 67
TX State House 42 Richard Raymond Democratic 67
TX State House 46 Dawnna Dukes Democratic 67
TX State House 48 Donna Howard Democratic 67
TX State House 49 Elliott Naishtat Democratic 89
TX State House 51 Eddie Rodríguez Democratic 78
TX State House 54 Jimmie Don Aycock Republican 44
TX State House 56 Doc Anderson Republican 44
TX State House 60 Jim Keffer Republican 22
TX State House 61 Phil King Republican 38
TX State House 62 Larry Phillips Republican 13
TX State House 63 Tan Parker Republican 44
TX State House 64 Myra Crownover Republican 44
TX State House 71 Susan King Republican 22
TX State House 72 Drew Darby Republican 56
TX State House 79 Joe Pickett Democratic 56
TX State House 80 Tracy King Democratic 38
TX State House 86 John Smithee Republican 44
TX State House 89 Jodie Laubenberg Republican 11
TX State House 96 Bill Zedler Republican 44
TX State House 99 Charlie Geren Republican 44
TX State House 103 Rafael Anchía Democratic 56
TX State House 104 Roberto Alonzo Democratic 78
TX State House 109 Helen Giddings Democratic 44
TX State House 111 Yvonne Davis Democratic 67
TX State House 116 Trey Martinez Fischer Democratic 100
TX State House 118 Joe Farias Democratic 89
TX State House 120 Ruth Jones McClendon Democratic 44
TX State House 121 Joe Straus Republican 22
TX State House 126 Patricia Harless Republican 44
TX State House 128 Wayne Smith Republican 11
TX State House 131 Alma Allen Democratic 78
TX State House 133 Jim Murphy Republican 33
TX State House 135 Gary Elkins Republican 22
TX State House 138 Dwayne Bohac Republican 56
TX State House 139 Sylvester Turner Democratic 63
TX State House 141 Senfronia Thompson Democratic 78
TX State House 142 Harold Dutton, Jr. Democratic 56
TX State House 143 Ana Hernandez Democratic 89
TX State House 146 Borris Miles Democratic 56
TX State House 147 Garnet Coleman Democratic 78
TX State House 148 Jessica Farrar Democratic 83
TX State House 149 Hubert Vo Democratic 78
TX State House 150 Debbie Riddle Republican 44
TX State Senate 4 Brandon Creighton Republican 44
TX State Senate 9 Kelly Hancock Republican 22
TX State Senate 18 Lois Kolkhorst Republican 43
TX State Senate 26 José Menéndez Democratic 67
TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, Jr. Republican 33
TX Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller Republican 44
TX Council Member C Ellen Cohen No Party Affiliation 56
Kevin Bailey 50
Leo Berman 44
Valinda Bolton 78
Daniel Branch 14
Betty Brown 33
Fred Brown 22
Lon Burnam 100
Bill Callegari 44
Norma Chávez 75
Warren Chisum 25
Wayne Christian 11
Robert Cook III 22
Frank Corte, Jr. 44
Joe Crabb 11
John Davis 22
Dianne White Delisi 44
Joe Driver 22
Jim Dunnam 67
Craig Eiland 89
Rob Eissler 44
Kirk England 22
Juan Manuel Escobar 56
David Farabee 44
Ismael Flores 38
Stephen Frost 44
Pete Gallego 78
Juan Garcia III 67
Dan Gattis 25
Veronica Gonzales 78
Yvonne González Toureilles 78
Tony Goolsby 33
Pat Haggerty 11
Mike Hamilton 44
Rick Hardcastle 11
Linda Harper-Brown 33
Will Ford Hartnett 44
Joe Heflin 56
Paula Hightower-Pierson 67
Harvey Hilderbran 33
Fred Hill 11
Scott Hochberg 67
Terri Hodge 56
Mark Homer 50
Chuck Hopson 56
Charlie Howard 0
Carl Isett 0
Jim Jackson 33
Delwin Jones 0
Mike Krusee 33
Edmund Kuempel 0
Thomas Latham 44
David McQuade Leibowitz 100
Nathan Macias 22
Jerry Madden 13
Barbara Mallory Caraway 89
Brian McCall 56
Jim McReynolds 33
Thomas Merritt 0
Paul Moreno 0
Anna Mowery 13
Rick Noriega 67
Mike O'Day 33
Dora Olivo 78
Rob Orr 33
Solomon Ortiz, Jr. 89
Diane Patrick 33
Aaron Pena, Jr. 38
Jim Pitts 13
Robert Puente 57
Chente Quintanilla 44
Allan Ritter 33
Patrick Rose 56
Todd Smith 67
Burt Solomons 56
Mark Strama 56
David Swinford 44
Robert Talton 33
Larry Taylor 44
Vicki Truitt 11
Corbin Van Arsdale 50
Allen Vaught 88
Michael Villarreal 100
George West 33
Beverly Woolley 33

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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