Glenn Hegar receives "Courageous Conservative" award for his outstanding conservative voting record during the 82nd Texas Legislature
In presenting the award, the Texas Conservative Coalition names Hegar one of Texas' Five most conservative members of the Texas Senate
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) has announced that Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar (R, Katy) has been named as a recipient of the organization's "Courageous Conservative" award, which is given in recognition of legislators' efforts to advance, support, and vote for conservative policy positions in the 82nd Texas Legislature.
John Colyandro, Executive Director of TCC, stated: "Conservative leaders like Senator Glenn Hegar were extremely successful in defending and advancing conservative principles in the 82nd Texas Legislature. This group of 'Courageous Conservative' State Senators earned this special recognition by consistently applying conservative principles to help keep Texas on the path toward growth and prosperity."
The Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus of the Texas Legislature, operates under four guiding principles: Limited Government, Individual Liberty, Free Enterprise, and Traditional Values.
To receive the "Courageous Conservative" award a member must have an average score of 85 percent on the TCC Senate scorecard. Based on 95 votes, the TCC Senate scorecard for the 82nd Legislature is perhaps the most comprehensive snapshot of members' voting records.
In the 82nd Legislature, conservative state legislators achieved significant accomplishments, including:
- Balancing the budget without raising taxes
- Limiting federal intrusion by requesting an interstate healthcare compact to free the state from costly and intrusive federal mandates
- Securing elections against vote fraud by requiring photo ID of voters
- Continuing border security appropriations, and requiring proof of citizenship or legal residency to obtain a driver's license
- Encouraging the free market by continuing the small business franchise tax exemption, and by limiting lawsuit abuse through groundbreaking "loser pay" reforms
Based upon his voting record during the 82nd Session, Senator Hegar was recognized by the Texas Conservative Coalition as one of the five most conservative members of the Texas Senate.
Senator Hegar said that he was honored to receive the award and added that he was pleased that it was given to lawmakers based upon their cumulative conservative voting record during the 82nd Texas Legislature. "Since first being elected to the Legislature, I have pledged to my constituents to always be a strong conservative voice fighting on behalf of the values of less government, lower taxes, and more personal freedom. I am proud that this award recognizes my consistent voting record in defense of these principles that have made and continue to make Texas strong."
Mr. Colyandro concluded: "'Courageous Conservative' State Senators like Glenn Hegar exhibited a steadfast resolve to defend and advance conservative principles. They earned the title 'Courageous Conservative' through their work, their dedication to principle, and their service to the State of Texas."
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.