UPDATED August 2.

Grassroots representatives of the Collin County Republican Party censured U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the senior senator from Texas, for violating several of the party’s principles.

In a near-unanimous vote Monday night, members of the Collin County GOP executive committee—made up of locally elected precinct chairs—passed a resolution of censure under Rule 44 of the Republican Party of Texas.

The censure resolution, authored by precinct chair Stephen Kallas, lists multiple grievances against Cornyn’s recent voting record and calls for his “immediate resignation from the U.S. Senate for his faithlessness to our party and our principles.”

“Over the twenty years he’s served in the Senate, John Cornyn has moved farther and farther away from Republican voters and has become a reliable vote for Chamber of Commerce interests,” Rohit Joy, a Republican Party precinct chair in Plano, told Texas Scorecard.

His vote undermining our right to keep and bear arms is the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” but the grassroots frustration with him has been simmering for years. We identified no fewer than seven Republican Party of Texas principles he has violated in the current Congress.

“The time has come for a new Republican U.S. Senator to represent Texas alongside Ted Cruz,” Joy added.

Cornyn has held a Senate seat since 2002. He was last re-elected in 2020.

Kallas told Scorecard he takes no pleasure in calling for Cornyn’s censure.

“I’m not at all excited that this is what it’s come to, that a member of our party is not following its tenets,” he said. “He’s not doing what we sent him there to do.”

He said his resolution was based on one written by the Harrison County County Republican Party, and he believes a handful of other counties are working on similar censures.

Collin County Republicans’ censure resolution also requests that the State Republican Executive Committee—the governing board of the Texas GOP, elected by delegates at the biennial RPT convention—concur in the resolution and impose on Cornyn the “full set of penalties provided in Rule 44.”

A copy will be sent to RPT Chairman Matt Rinaldi.

CORRECTION: The model for the Collin County GOP resolution came from the Harrison County Republican Party, not Henderson County as originally reported. 


Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.