Despite having failed taxpayers throughout her legislative tenure, State Rep. Susan King (R – Abilene) is asking voters for a promotion to the State’s upper chamber.

Earlier this week, King formally announced her candidacy for State Senate District 24’s Republican Primary. The seat was vacated by Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) earlier this year when he announced he would not be seeking re-election, resulting in a crowded field of at least seven candidates vying for the seat.

Many of them have never held elected office previously, giving voters in SD 24 a real opportunity (after careful vetting) to choose among them a citizen-leader to represent them in Austin.

But they can also choose to be represented by a member of the Straus-led coalition of moderates and Democrats by elevating King to the Senate.

First elected to the seat for Texas’ House District 71 in 2006, King has demonstrated a stronger connection with the Austin establishment than with actual conservatives throughout her tenure, earning a cumulative ‘F’ score on the Fiscal Responsibility Index. By comparison, Fraser, the second-longest serving Republican Senator at the time, had a career score of ‘C.’

This past session, King supported increasing her own pension, a continuation of the Texas Enterprise Fund (a corporate welfare slush fund), and unconstitutional regulations on political speech. As a state senator, she’ll have even greater power to push her anti-taxpayer agenda.

Republican Primary candidates will go to great lengths during the season to illustrate their connection with the conservative principles voters want. King has repeatedly demonstrated a disconnect from those principles, and voters would be wise not to give her a promotion.

Greg Harrison

Gregory led the Central Texas Bureau for Empower Texans and Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he got involved politically through the Young Conservatives of Texas. He enjoys fishing, grilling, motorcycling, and of course, all things related to firearms.