State Rep. Lynn Stucky (R–Sanger) says he won’t support a rule change to ban Democrats from chairing committees in the Texas House, according to a local precinct chair who recently met with him to discuss the Republican Party of Texas’ legislative priorities.
Monica Hamilton, a precinct chair from Wise County, told Texas Scorecard that during a recent meeting with Stucky, the lawmaker would not commit to ending the practice of putting Democrats in leadership positions in the Legislature.
“He said there were seven good Democrats in the House,” said Hamilton, pointing toward State Rep. Ryan Guillen (Rio Grande City), a former Democrat who joined the Republican Party last year, as well as Democrat State Reps. Tracy King (Uvalde) and Eddie Morales (Eagle Pass).
Tracy King currently has a rating of 23 from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and a 35 from Young Conservatives of Texas. Eddie Morales, meanwhile, holds a 16 from TFR and a 24 from YCT.
Hamilton says Stucky did not name any more of the “seven good Democrats” he had previously mentioned.
During the March Republican primary, 81 percent of Republican voters indicated they agree that “the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature should end the practice of awarding committee chairmanships to Democrats.” It is also a legislative priority for the Texas GOP.
Currently, 19 members of the Legislature are on the record in support of banning Democrat committee chairs.
When asked after the meeting why he would reject the will of his constituents, Stucky responded, “It is my job to do what is best for my constituents.”
Stucky did not respond to a request for comment from Texas Scorecard regarding which other members he considers to be “good Democrats.”