Democrat committee chairmen have a history of killing conservative legislation in Texas. Now, the Texas GOP has made banning Democrat chairs in the Texas House and Senate a legislative priority for 2023.
In March, Republican voters were presented with a series of statements with which they could agree or disagree, including: “The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature should end the practice of awarding committee chairmanships to Democrats.”
The result was 81 percent of Republican voters calling for an end to the practice. With the 88th session of the Texas Legislature set to begin on January 10, will the Republican-dominated Legislature listen?
Interestingly, the only lawmakers willing to answer questions about the practice were those ready to end it.
“Yes, Mark Dorazio supports banning Democrat Committee Chairs,” a spokesman for the newly elected State Rep. Mark Dorazio in House District 122 told Texas Scorecard.
“I will support a ban on Democrat Committee Chairs in the 88th legislative session,” confirmed State Rep.-elect Carrie Isaac in House District 73.
“Yes, I will vote for an amendment to get rid of Democrat chairs,” said State Rep.-elect Terri Leo-Wilson in House District 23.
“Yes, I absolutely will support the ban of Democrat committee chairs. With a Republican majority, there is no reason why we should be allowing Democrats to chair committees such as public education when we have anti-America and sexual indoctrination infiltrating our schools,” State Rep.-elect Nate Schatzline in House District 93 told Texas Scorecard.
“Texas voters sent a clear message that they want Republican leadership. I will vote in favor of making all committee chairs Republican. After Democrats walked off the job in 2021, fled to Washington D.C., and accused us all of being racists, there should be a fundamental change in how positions of leadership are assigned in the Texas House of Representatives,” said State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler).
“Texas Republicans must stop giving the party of open borders, inflation, unaffordable gas prices, high taxes, an IRS army, lawlessness, skyrocketing crime, unsecure elections, the Green New Deal, crushing debt, tyrannical COVID mandates, gun confiscation, student indoctrination, teachers union bosses, cancel culture, free speech censorship, child mutilation, job-killing regulations, socialized medicine—and that is led by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi—a single shred of power they didn’t earn from the voters. So, yes,” said State Rep. Brian Harrison (R–Waxahachie).
“Rep. Bryan Slaton [R–Royse City] will support a ban on Democrat Committee Chairs in the 88th Legislative Session,” said a spokesman for the incumbent lawmaker.
”Yes,” affirmed both newly elected State Rep. Richard Hayes (R–Denton) and second-term State Rep. Cody Vasut (R–Lake Jackson).
Concerned citizens can use the Texas Scorecard directory to ask their representatives how they will vote on this issue.