2017 Texas Faith & Family Scorecard Released

October 6, 2017

Texas Values Action is excited to release its second-ever legislative scorecard based on the recently concluded 85th Texas legislative session and special session.

The 2017 Faith and Family Scorecard is the only accountability tool of its kind in Texas, as it measures how state legislators performed on a variety of issues impacting religious freedom, marriage and family, life, and privacy, as well as on other important pro-family reforms.

“The Faith & Family Scorecard is a critical education and accountability tool for Texas voters to see where legislators stood on the values that matter to Texans,” said Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values Action President. “The 85th Legislature saw progress made in protecting the religious liberty faith-based child welfare providers, but obstruction by Speaker Joe Straus, Rep. Byron Cook and others in House leadership on several important matters – most notably the Texas Privacy Act to keep men out of little girls’ showers, restrooms, and locker rooms. While House and Senate members return home to their districts, now is the time for Texans to hold their elected officials accountable for their record and work to ensure that the values of faith, family, and freedom are more strongly upheld now and in the next legislative session.”

Legislators that scored 90 percent and above are recognized as Faith & Family Champions. In addition, Honorable Mention designation is given to select legislators for special leadership on core issues.

Other Notable Outcomes: Reps. Jason Villalba (48%) and Sarah Davis (3%) received the lowest scores for House Republicans and several House Democrats tied for the lowest score (0%).  Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. received the “Honorable Mention” recognition for his support of the Texas Privacy Act, and legislation supporting religious liberty, life, and school choice.

The full version of the Faith & Family Scorecard can be found here. Our legislative recaps of the regular and special sessions can be found here.

Senate Faith & Family Champions
Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Bryan Hughes
Sen. Don Huffines
Sen. Brian Birdwell
Sen. Bob Hall
Sen. Charles Perry
Sen. Paul Bettencourt
Sen. Brandon Creighton
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst
Sen. Konni Burton
Sen. Jane Nelson
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. Larry Taylor
Sen. Van Taylor
Sen. Dawn Buckingham
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Joan Huffman

Honorable Mention, Senate: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.

House Faith and Family Champions:
Rep. Matt Schaefer
Rep. Matt Krause
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Cole Hefner
Rep. Matt Rinaldi
Rep. Briscoe Cain
Rep. Bill Zedler
Rep. Greg Bonnen
Rep. Jonathan Stickland
Rep. Valoree Swanson
Rep. Mark Keough
Rep. Mike Lang
Rep. Scott Sanford
Rep. Phil King
Rep. James Frank
Rep. Jeff Leach
Rep. Tony Tinderholt
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Dennis Paul
Rep. Mike Schofield
Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson
Rep. Dan Flynn
Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Wayne Faircloth
Rep. Pat Fallon
Rep. Jim Murphy
Rep. Kevin Roberts
Rep. Matt Shaheen
Rep. Craig Goldman
Rep. Stephanie Klick
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Terry Wilson
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Drew Springer

About Texas Values Action

Texas Values Action is the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of Texas Values, a non-profit organization dedicated to standing for faith, family, and freedom in Texas. More information is available at


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