As Texans go to the polls over the next several weeks for the crucial November election, Texas Scorecard is highlighting various pro-citizen organizations across the state that have recommended candidates who voters can trust on various issues—with today’s issue being the right to self-defense.

Gun Owners of America has released a list of their preferred candidates for elected offices across the state, as well as their Texas congressional ratings, grading where the state’s U.S. congressional candidates stand on defending citizens’ right to protect themselves with firearms.

With over 100,000 members across the United States, Gun Owners of America fights for gun rights in both Washington D.C. and state capitols. In Texas, for example, the organization has fought for constitutional carry and has pushed back against liberal lawmakers’ attempts to implement gun control.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has famously referred to GOA as “the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.”

Early voting is currently underway and continues through October 30. Election Day is November 3.

GOA’s congressional ratings can be viewed here, and their list of statewide endorsements is below:

Texas Senate

SD 1 – Bryan Hughes
SD 4 – Brandon Creighton
SD 24 – Dawn Buckingham
SD 29 – Bethany Hatch

Texas House

HD 2 – Bryan Slaton
HD 5 – Cole Hefner
HD 6 – Matt Schaefer
HD 15 – Steve Toth
HD 23 – Mayes Middleton
HD 26 – Jacey Jetton
HD 45 – Carrie Isaac
HD 59 – Shelby Slawson
HD 73 – Kyle Biedermann
HD 92 – Jeff Cason
HD 93 – Matt Krause
HD 94 – Tony Tinderholt
HD 105 – Gerson Hernandez
HD 106 – Jared Patterson
HD 128 – Briscoe Cain
HD 130 – Tom Oliverson
HD 132 – Mike Schofield
HD 138 – Lacey Hull
HD 148 – Luis LaRotta


CD 1 – Louie Gohmert
CD 3 – Van Taylor
CD 7 – Wesley Hunt
CD 13 – Ronny Jackson
CD 14 – Randy Weber
CD 16 – Irene Jackson
CD 20 – Mauro Garza
CD 21 – Chip Roy
CD 24 – Beth Van Duyne
CD 27 – Michael Cloud
CD 28 – Sandra Whitten
CD 32 – Genevieve Collins


Chief Justice, Third Court of Appeals – Jeff Rose
431st District Court Judge – Jim Johnson

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.


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