Yesterday, the 2019 Fiscal Responsibility Index was released and the performance of Denton County’s elected representatives was mostly disappointing.

The elected representative who voted the least responsibly with your tax dollars was Democrat State Rep. Michelle Beckley (D–Carrollton). The freshman representative, who beat former State Rep. Ron Simmons (R–Carrollton) last November in House District 65, earned an F, with a low score of 24. Simmons had earned a D in 2017 and was a career C performer on the Index.

The best performer for Denton taxpayers, scoring an 85—a solid B—was freshman State Rep. Jared Patterson (R–Frisco) of House District 106. This is a somewhat lower score compared to his predecessor, current State Sen. Pat Fallon (R–Frisco), who earned a B+ in 2017.

Below are the scores earned by the rest of the elected representatives from Denton County.

State Rep. Tan Parker (R–Flower Mound) of House District 63 earned a 62, an F. He’s earned a career rating of C+. He last earned an A+ in 2011.

State Rep. Lynn Stucky (R–Sanger) of House District 64 earned a rating of 58, his second F in a row since his first session in 2017.

Freshman State Sen. Pat Fallon (R–Frisco) of Senate District 30 earned a rating of 80, a B-, which, though a decrease from the B+ he earned in 2017 when he was in the Texas House, was one of the top scores earned in the Texas Senate this session.

State Sen. Jane Nelson (R–Flower Mound) of Senate District 12 earned a rating of 67, significantly down from the B+ she earned in 2017. She’s earned a career rating of C+.

Information in this article has been updated since publication.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.


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