The regular legislative session is over, which means Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has now released their biennial Fiscal Responsibility Index, scoring state lawmakers on their adherence to fiscal responsibility in their voting records.

The ratings are based on 151 votes taken in the House, and 79 votes taken in the Senate.

In the House, the highest performer was State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City), who scored a 98. In the Senate, meanwhile, the only member to score an A was State Sen. Bob Hall (R–Edgewood).

Republican scores ranged from a high of 98 down to a low of 28 with 10 lawmakers earning A’s, a total of 20 earning passing grades, and the remainder earning failing grades.

“Lawmakers take a lot of votes each session on complicated issues, we cut through the clutter and give taxpayers information they can understand to make informed decisions and hold their lawmaker accountable,” said TFR President Cary Cheshire.

When asked if there were any surprises on the index, Cheshire said, “There certainly were. A number of lawmakers who had traditionally performed well, even earning A’s on previous issues of the Index, came in with low marks this session.”

“Unfortunately that’s what ultimately happens when lawmakers fail to keep the promises they made to taxpayers to provide property tax relief and focus on growing government instead,” he added.

Lawmakers scores on the 2021 Fiscal Responsibility Index may be viewed here. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens