Texas Conservative Grassroots Leaders Address Speaker of Texas House Selection

November 6, 2020
Topic: Legislature

We, the following leaders of Texas Conservative grassroots-based organizations, have two requests of Texas House Republicans related to selection of the next Texas Speaker of the House:

  1. Republican House members should first meet as a Caucus and follow their own House Republican Caucus rules when selecting the next Speaker of the House.
  2. Any Texas Speaker of the House candidate should publicly pledge support for the eight (8) Legislative Priorities selected by thousands Republican Party of Texas delegates during the 2020 RPT State Convention.

A list of the priorities is below:

Election Integrity

Require citizenship verification of each voter, and felony penalties for Election Code violations that threaten election integrity.

Religious Freedom

Restore the rights of individuals, organizations and businesses, to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs by prohibiting local ordinances, state laws, or executive orders that violate those rights.

Children and Gender Modification

Abolish the following practices for minors: intervention to prevent natural progression of puberty; administration of opposite sex hormones; and performance of any type of gender reassignment surgery.

Abolition of Abortion

Abolish abortion by ensuring the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization.

Constitutional Carry

Restore legal Texas firearms owners’ rights to carry them openly or concealed without a permit, while maintaining the option of a permit for reciprocity purposes.

Monument Protection

All monuments or markers in our state shall be protected by law from being removed, defaced, destroyed, or otherwise dishonored. In particular, specific protection shall be given to the Alamo Cenotaph which shall not be removed from its current location off the Alamo Battlefield footprint.

School Choice for All

Empower parents and guardians to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education using tax credits or exemptions without government restraint or intrusion.

Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

Abolish all forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying.


Signed on November 6, 2020 by:

Jonathan Saenz – President, Texas Values

JoAnn Fleming – Executive Director, Grassroots America-We The People PAC

Ann Hettinger – Concerned Women of American Legislative Action Committee

Rev. Dave Welch – President, Texas Pastors Council

Julie McCarty – CEO, True Texas Project

Cindi Castilla – President, Texas Eagle Forum

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