Texas ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Texas politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Texas Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Steve Allison (R-121), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Alma Allen (D-131) - Announced she would not be renewing her ALEC membership on April 13, 2012.[2] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. Charles Anderson (R-56), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member. Signed the ALEC Action "Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh" letter[3]
  • Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. (R-3)[4]
  • Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-72)[4]
  • Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-83),[5][4]
  • Rep. Brad Buckley (R-54), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Giovanni S. Caprigilone (R-98),[5]
  • Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-128), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[4]
  • Rep. Travis Clardy (R-11)[4]
  • Rep. Tom Craddick (R-82), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], Immediate Past Chairman of ALEC Board of Directors,[6] received $878,000 in campaign contributions from ALEC corporate members from 2004-2011[7][8]
  • Rep. John Cyrier (R-17), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[5]
  • Rep. Drew Darby (R-72)[4]
  • Rep. Jay Dean (R-7), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), paid for ALEC conference registration with his campaign account[9] - Announced he would not be renewing his ALEC membership in April 2012.[10] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. James Frank (R-69), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[11][4]
  • Rep. John Frullo (R-84), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Craig Goldman (R-97)[4]
  • Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-31), ALEC International Relations Task Force Member[12] - Announced he would not be renewing his ALEC membership in April 2012.[13] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. Cole Hefner (R-5),[5][4]
  • Rep. Todd Hunter (R-32), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member [14][15]
  • Rep. Phil King (R-61), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting", "Opening General Session", "Process Working Group", "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "General Session - Morning", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting", "Federalism and International Relations Task Force Meeting", "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Friday General Session - Afternoon" and "Homeland Security Task Force Meeting", attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], ALEC National Chair for 2015,[16] ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate,[17] received $163,000 in campaign contributions from ALEC corporate members from 2004-2011[7][8][4]
  • Rep. Tracy O. King (D-80), ALEC International Relations Task Force Member[12] and Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Alternate[18] - Announced he would not be renewing his ALEC membership in April 2012.[10] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-91), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[11][4]
  • Rep. Matt Krause (R-93), [11][4]
  • Rep. John Kuempel (R-44),[19]
  • Rep. Stan Lambert (R-71), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Lyle Larson (R-122),[19]
  • Rep. Jeff Leach (R-67)Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][19]
  • Rep. Ben Leman (R-13), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[4]
  • Rep. Armando Martinez (D-Weslaco), paid for ALEC membership from 2011 - 2013 with his campaign account[20] - Announced he would not be renewing his ALEC membership in April 2012.[10] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-23), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-30), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in "Opening General Session", "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "Rural Caucus Meeting", "Workshop: Growing Momentum for Personalize Health Care: Health Care Choices 2020", "General Session - Morning", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Morning" and "Friday General Session - Afternoon", attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], ALEC Education Task Force Alternate[21][4]
  • Rep. Candy Noble (R-89), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-130), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[4]
  • Rep. Chris Paddie (R-9) disclosed ALEC conference expenses in 2015[22]
  • Rep. Tan Parker (R-63), State Chair, attended 2019[1] and 2020[23] ALEC Annual Meetings, ALEC State Chair [24], attended 2020 ALEC States and Nation Summit where he participated in Turning Point USA training.[25]
  • Rep. Dennis Paul (R-129), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1] , registered member. Signed the ALEC Action "Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh" letter[3][4]
  • Rep. Four Price (R-87)[4]
  • Rep. John Raney (R-14)[4]
  • Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), paid for ALEC membership from 2009 - 2011 with his campaign account[26]Announced he would not be renewing his ALEC membership in April 2012.[10] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-6)[4]
  • Rep. Mike Schofield (R-132)[4]
  • Rep. Matthew Shaheen (R-66)[27]
  • Rep. Reggie Smith (R-62), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. John Smithee (R-86), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member[27][28]
  • Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-85), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1] [29][4]
  • Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-64), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[4]
  • Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-150), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1],[4]
  • Rep. Ed Thompson (R-29), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], attended the 2017 ALEC Annual Meeting. Signed the ALEC Action "Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh" letter[3][4]
  • Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-94), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], [4]
  • Rep. Steve Toth (R-15), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-1), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Hubert Vo (D-Houston), paid for ALEC conference registration with his campaign account[30] - Announced he would not be renewing his ALEC membership in April 2012.[10] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. James White (R-12) - "ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week in 2017"[31] And signed an ALEC Letter[4][32]

Senate

Office Holders

  • Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian[4]
  • Railroad Commisioner Christi Craddick, spoke at 2019 ALEC Conference.[37] Spoke at 2013 ALEC Conference[38]

Former Officeholders

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

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