Two Tarrant lawmakers rated among ‘worst’ of session by Texas Monthly

Two Tarrant lawmakers rated among ‘worst’ of session by Texas Monthly

BY ANNA M. TINSLEY

The 85th Legislature may not have been the best session for Tarrant County members.

None of the 15 local lawmakers rose to the top, according to Texas Monthly’s list of the best and worst lawmakers from the legislative session that wrapped up May 29.

But two — state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford — made the list of the worst lawmakers.

“Around the Texas Capitol this year, it wasn’t unusual to hear the 85th Legislature described as the worst anyone could remember,” according to the article. “While we wouldn’t go that far, this session had more than its fair share of dispiriting moments.

“In the end, this session featured too much noise and too little done to improve the lives of Texans,” the article stated. “Politics is not just about conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats. It’s about working cooperatively to make Texas a better place. That has been the standard for the Best and Worst list since its inception in 1973 and remains so four decades later.”

The magazine publishes the list every other year, after the end of the regular legislative session.

Gov. Greg Abbott has called Texas lawmakers back to the state Capitol July 18 for a special session.

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