The rating and ranking of candidates for statewide and legislative office is historically shared between TSRA and NRA. The same was true in 2016. Thanks to you, our membership, TSRA's PAC was robust and we were able to support endorsed candidates with campaign checks, with get-out-the-vote post cards, with statewide alerts highlighting at risk candidates, and the TSRA-PAC voter's guide, both online and in our member magazine.
Pat yourselves on the back, Folks! You did a great job supporting your state association and we did a great job on your behalf.
Texans currently enjoy 20 Republican state senators (out of 31) and 95 Republican House members (out of 150). While this is not an increase in number and not a significant change, remember all statewide offices remain in the hands of Republicans also.
The Conservative Democrat that worked for and passed concealed carry in 1995 has all but disappeared.
During 2016 we found and followed up on candidates to provide you with the best and most thorough information possible for the March primary election.
There were hotly contested Primary races. TSRA follows a historic practice of endorsing only candidates with a recent voting history on 2
nd amendment bills during a Primary race.
Remember we list and score everyone but endorsement and resources are saved for those who had the opportunity to vote and have demonstrated their support.
Primary ratings are reviewed, re-evaluated and sometimes changed before the November General election.
Beyond a voting history, all candidates for office, first-time and incumbent, must return a political questionnaire shared between TSRA and NRA.
A candidate cannot benefit from our process if they do not participate in our process.
We view the candidate questionnaire as a "promise" to support TSRA members. We don't take this information or your PAC donations lightly.