Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session

Rankings of legislators are always tricky. It’s difficult to include all the little things that happen behind the scenes, the influence of members on each other, or the true motivations or beliefs of individual members. That said, it’s important to acknowledge the public actions of the people elected to represent us. In compiling this score card we considered public votes, authorship of pro- and anti-LGBT legislation, filing of resolutions acknowledging the LGBT community and committee votes on issues affecting the LGBT community. Behind the scenes work and advocacy was not included.

We've given each member of the Texas House a letter grade. The best lawmakers got an "A+," the worst an "F-" (that's how bad they are, we had to invent a grade).

There is certainly room for debate, particularly when something as complicated as this is reduced to a letter grade. We’d love to hear your opinion of the score card. How’d your representative do? Did we score them too harshly? Too favorably? Share this list with your friends and let’s have a conversation about how the people elected to represent us did over the last five months.

Check out our list of the 10 best and 10 worst members of the Texas House on LGBT issues.


Alma Allen, D - Houston
Roberto Alonzo, D - Dallas
Rafael Anchia, D - Dallas
Lon Burnam, D - Fort Worth
Garnet Coleman, D - Houston
Jessica Farrar, D - Houston
Mary E. González, D - Clint
Naomi Gonzalez, D - El Paso
Eric Johnson, D - Dallas
Joseph E. Moody, D - El Paso
Elliott Naishtat, D - Austin
Ron Reynolds, D - Missouri City
Eddie Rodriguez, D - Austin
Chris Turner, D - Grand Prairie
Mike Villarreal, D - San Antonio
Armando Walle, D - Houston
Gene Wu, D - Houston


Carol Alvarado, D - Houston
Terry Canales, D - Edinburg
Philip Cortez, D - San Antonio
Yvonne Davis, D - DeSoto
Dawnna Dukes, D - Austin
Craig Eiland, D - Galveston
Joe Farias, D - San Antonio
R.D. 'Bobby' Guerra, D - Mission
Ryan Guillen, D - Rio Grande City
Roland Gutierrez, D - San Antonio
Ana Hernandez Luna, D - Houston
Abel Herrero, D - Robstown
Donna Howard, D - Austin
Tracy O. King, D - Batesville
Oscar Longoria, D - Mission
Eddie Lucio, III, D - Brownsville
Marisa Márquez, D - El Paso
Armando Martinez, D - Weslaco
Trey Martinez Fischer, D - San Antonio
José Menéndez, D - San Antonio
Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D - Mission
Poncho Nevárez, D - Eagle Pass
Joe C. Pickett, D - El Paso
Richard Peña, Raymond, D - Laredo
Justin Rodriguez, D - San Antonio
Toni Rose, D - Dallas


Nicole Collier, D - Fort Worth
Mark Strama, D - Austin
Senfronia Thompson, D - Houston


Sarah Davis, R - Houston
Joe D. Deshotel, D - Beaumont
Harold V. Dutton, Jr., D - Houston
Ruth Jones McClendon, D - San Antonio
John Otto, R -, Dayton
Diane Patrick, R - Arlington
Mary Ann Perez, D - Houston
Hubert Vo, D - Houston


Jimmie Don Aycock, R - Killeen
Tony Dale, R - Cedar Park
Larry Gonzales, R - Round Rock
René O. Oliveira, D - Brownsville
Sylvester Turner, D - Houston


William 'Bill' Callegari, R - Katy
Myra Crownover, R - Denton
Patricia Harless, R - Spring
Dr. J.D. Sheffield, R - Gatesville
Jason Villalba, R - Dallas
Dr. John Zerwas, R - Richmond


Charles 'Doc' Anderson, R - Lorena
Trent Ashby, R - Lufkin
Dwayne Bohac, R - Houston
Dan Branch, R - Dallas
Cindy Burkett, R - Sunnyvale
Angie Chen Button, R - Garland
Stefani Carter, R - Dallas
Travis Clardy, R - Nacogdoches
Byron Cook, R - Corsicana
Tom Craddick, R - Midland
Drew Darby, R - San Angelo
John Davis, R - Houston
Gary Elkins, R - Jersey Village
Pat Fallon, R - Frisco
Marsha Farney, R - Georgetown
Allen Fletcher, R - Tomball
Dan Flynn, R - Van
James Frank, R - Wichita Falls
John M. Frullo, R - Lubbock
Craig Goldman, R - Fort Worth
Lance Gooden, R - Terrell
Linda Harper-Brown, R - Irving
Dan Huberty, R - Humble
Bryan Hughes, R - Mineola
Todd A. Hunter, R - Corpus Christi
Jason Isaac, R - Austin
Kyle Kacal, R - College Station
Jim Keffer, R - Eastland
Ken King, R - Canadian
Phil King, R - Weatherford
Susan King, R - Abilene
Tim Kleinschmidt, R - Lexington
Stephanie Klick, R - Fort Worth
Lois W. Kolkhorst, R - Brenham
John Kuempel, R - Seguin
Lyle Larson, R - San Antonio
Jodie Laubenberg, R - Parker
Tryon, D. Lewis, R - Odessa
J.M. Lozano, R - Kingsville
Doug Miller, R - New Braunfels
Rick Miller, R - Sugar Land
Geanie Morrison, R - Victoria
Jim Murphy, R - Houston
Rob Orr, R - Burleson
Chris Paddie, R - Marshall
Tan Parker, R - Flower Mound
Charles Perry, R - Lubbock
John Raney, R - Bryan
Bennett Ratliff, R - Coppell
Debbie Riddle, R - Tomball
Allan Ritter, R - Nederland
Matt Schaefer, R - Tyler
Kenneth Sheets, R - Dallas
Ralph Sheffield, R - Temple
David Simpson, R - Longview
Wayne Smith, R - Baytown
John Smithee, R - Amarillo
Van Taylor, R - Plano
Ed Thompson, R - Pearland
Scott Turner, R - Frisco
James White, R - Hillister
Paul Workman, R - Spicewood

(because some people just deserve an “F-“)

Cecil Bell, Jr. R - Magnolia
Dennis Bonnen, R - Angleton
Dr. Greg Bonnen, R - Friendswood
Giovanni Capriglione, R - Southlake
Brandon Creighton, R - Conroe
Harvey Hilderbran, R - Kerrville
Matt Krause, R - Fort Worth
George Lavender, R - Texarkana
Jeff Leach, R - Plano
Larry Phillips, R - Sherman
Walter 'Four' Price, R - Amarillo
Scott Sanford, R - McKinney
Ron Simmons, R - Lewisville
Drew Springer, Jr., R - Muenster
Phil Stephenson, R - Wharton
Jonathan Stickland, R - Bedford
Steve Toth, R - The Woodlands
William 'Bill' Zedler, R - Arlington

 If you’d like to see a more detailed explanation of how we arrived at these grades please visit HERE.

All votes are recorded as being either "For" the best interests of the LGBT community or "Against" the best interest of the LGBT community. In cases where a member recorded that their intended vote was different than the vote in the journal the members intention was used for scoring. Record floor votes for LGBT specific issues were given 20 points for "For" votes, votes on issues that disproportunately affect the LGBT community, but were not LGBT specific were given 10 points for "For" votes. A perfect voting record recieves 90 base points and a score of "A." Bonus points were given for authorship of legislation, including amendments: for LGBT specific legislation: 6 points for primary author, 5 points for joint author and 4 points for co-author; for LGBT related legislation: 4 points for primary author, 3 points for joint author and 2 points for co-author. Authorship at any level of a congradulatory or memorial resolution that recognized the existance of the LGBT community recieved 1 bonus point. Equality Texas endorsed amendments to the budget that were withdrawn before being considered recieved 4 points. Authors of anti-LGBT legislation, including amendments, were given negative points as follows: -10 for primary author, -8 for joint author, -6 for co-author. Members who had the opportunity to vote on Equality Texas endorsed legislation in committee were awarded points; for votes on LGBT specific bills: 5 for "For" votes and -5 for "Against" votes; for LGBT related bills: 3 for "For" votes and -3 for "Against" votes. Members who scored in the "F" range, but who had at least one "for" vote on LGBT specific legislation were elevated to a D- rating. For some members, insufficent data was available to give a letter grade, those members were not graded.

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