Environment Texas Releases 2009 Legislative Scorecard

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Fifteen Texas reps – all Democrats – earned a perfect score for the 2009 legislative session based on their pro-environment votes, according to Environment Texas. They were:

Roberto Alonzo (D – Dallas)Carol Alvarado (D – Houston)Valinda Bolton (D – Austin)Lon Burnam (D – Fort Worth)Garnet Coleman (D – Houston)Joe Farias (D – San Antonio)Pete Gallego (D – Alpine)Ana Hernandez (D – Houston)Abel Herrero (D – Robstown)David Leibowitz (D – San Antonio)Diana Maldonado (D – Round Rock)Armando Martinez (D – Weslaco)Joseph Moody (D – El Paso)Marc Veasey (D – Fort Worth)Armando Walle (D – Houston)

The five lowest scoring reps (13%) were:

Allen Fletcher (R – Tomball)Dan Flynn (R – Van)Tim Kleinschmidt (R – Lexington)Ken Paxton (R – McKinney)Debbie Riddle (R – Tomball)

The lowest scoring House Democrat was Rep. Al Edwards (D – Houston), with 50%.

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“An unprecedented nineteen state Senators voted the pro-environment position 100% of the time,” according to Environment Texas. They were:

All 12 Senate Democrats… Plus Republicans:

Kip Averitt (R – Waco)John Carona (R – Dallas)Robert Deuell (R – Greenville)Robert Duncan (R – Lubbock)Kevin Eltife (R – Tyler)Kel Seliger (R – Amarillo) Jeff Wentworth (R – San Antonio)

Three Senators had the lowest score of 43%:

Jane Nelson (R – Lewisville) Robert Nichols (R – Jacksonville)Dan Patrick (R – Houston)

For full results, go here.

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is associate editor of the Observer. Forrest specializes in environmental reporting and runs the “Forrest for the Trees” blog. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.