After serving just one term in the Texas House of Representatives, State Rep. Glenn Rogers (R–Mineral Wells) could find himself defeated in the upcoming Republican primary election after drawing three opponents.
Rogers was first elected in 2020 to House District 60, an eight-county district between Fort Worth and Abilene. In his only term in the Texas House, he earned a score of 45 on the Fiscal Responsibility Index, placing him in the bottom quarter of Texas Republicans.
His score on the Young Conservatives of Texas’ legislative ratings was not much better, with the freshman lawmaker earning a score of 53.
In one of his first votes after being sworn in, Rogers voted to allow Democrats to hold committee chairmanship positions. This vote allowed liberal Democrats to chair committees like public education, business and industry, and transportation.
Since then, Rogers has sided with those same Democrats against taxpayers to grow government.
Rogers was one of 20 Republicans who sided with Democrats in voting against an amendment that would have prevented puberty blockers from being administered as a part of the state’s prescription drug savings program.
He voted to extend the Chapter 313 program, which gives taxpayer subsidies to unreliable energy sources.
Rogers joined Democrats in voting against the majority of Republican lawmakers on a bill to fund the education of illegal aliens.
And during the debate of the state’s budget, Rogers voted with Democrats to strike language that would have prohibited certain funds directed to schools from being used to hire a registered lobbyist. This vote was in direct contradiction to the Republican Party of Texas’ own legislative priorities, which call for abolishing all forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying.
Rogers is being challenged by Mike Olcott, Kit Marshall, and Lucas Turner in the Republican primary, which could be made even more competitive due to redistricting. The district, which used to have eight counties, was shifted eastward; it now encompasses the entirety of Parker, Palo Pinto, and Stephens counties.
Early voting in the Republican primary election begins on February 14. Election Day is March 1.