Rankings Are Out: How Texas's Members of Congress Fared
The National Journal's newest rankings are out. What the NJ does is determine who the most conservative/liberal/moderate senators and representatives are (it's a non-partisan D.C. magazine). Let's see where Texas's elected officials rank. We'll start with the two esteemed senators:
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Cruz and Cornyn
Cruz and Cornyn are pleasing their Republican constituents. Cruz ranks as the fourth most conservative senator and Cornyn comes in at fourteen. This makes laughable Rep. Steve Stockman's suggestion that Cornyn is a liberal or not conservative enough, but Stockman is the punchline to a bad political joke anyways. Anyways, you can be sure that Cruz, being the competitive guy he is, will be aiming to hit number 1 next year in the rankings.
In sum, if Texas is going to turn blue anytime soon, this is one indication of the work that has to be done.
House of Representatives
You will not be surprised to learn that no congressperson from Texas made the list of the Top 15 Most Liberal Representatives (California had the most). On the other side of that coin, three Texas representatives made the list: Kenny Marchant, Jeb Hensarling and Roger Willliams.
Marchant represents parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth areas, owns a lot of stock in oil companies and has been serving in the House since 2005. Hensarling serves the east Dallas suburbs and is considered influential among the more conservative MCs. Williams was just elected to Congress in 2012, is a Tea Partier and has had his office vandalized by "anti-Tea Party" activists.
Setting to the side these conservatives superstars, it should be noted that of all the "most conservative" House delegations Texas is among least conservative of the conservatives. So, there's that.
Finally, what about Houston? Well, for all the grief she gets Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is only the 131st most liberal MC. Randy Weber, who serves much of the SW Houston Metro Area (and Galveston), is the 22nd most conservative. Kevin Brady, who represents the areas north of Houston (e.g., Conroe) is the 72nd most conservative.
So, what's the takeaway here? Texas is solidly red (of course), but not as solidly red, district by district, as our senators are. A blue Texas? Maybe . . . in about a decade.