Representative Ken Paxton Named Most Conservative Member

Press Releases / October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011

Contact: Tony McDonald, Senior Vice Chairman
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Austin, TX — Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) congratulated Representative Ken Paxton of Collin County for earning the top spot on their ratings of the 82nd Texas Legislature. Paxton earned a 95 for the session.

YCT released Tuesday their ratings of the 82nd Texas Legislature. These ratings make up the 19th installment of the group’s ratings of the legislature, a public service the organization has performed since 1975.

“YCT is especially pleased to announce that Ken Paxton of Collin County earned the highest score on our ratings for this session and sits atop our historic honor roll,” said Jeff Morris, YCT Vice Chairman.

“I am honored to have earned the highest score on YCT’s ratings of the 82nd legislature,” responded Representative Ken Paxton. “I am thankful for their hard work during the session and support of conservative candidates and values.”

Paxton has consistently scored well on the group’s ratings, earning a 90, 97, 96, 97, and 95 since he was first elected to the legislature in 2003. This record has resulted in Paxton sitting atop YCT’s Historic Honor Roll, with a career score of 95. According to the group’s records, Representative Paxton is the ninth most conservative member of the 671 individuals who have served in the House of Representatives since the group began rating the legislature in 1975.

“In the 36 years that YCT has been producing our legislative ratings, they have grown to be the most thorough, trusted, and respected ratings of the Texas Legislature,” stated Tony McDonald, YCT Senior Vice Chairman. “We are very proud of Representative Paxton for his consistent advocacy for conservative principles and policy.”

YCT’s ratings are prepared by conservative students, volunteering their time to comb through thousands of pages of legislative journals to locate votes that highlight conservative public policy choices. Scorecards are then built showing how each member of the legislature voted on the measure and scores are calculated based on whether the member voting in accordance with conservative principles.

YCT’s Ratings of the 82nd Texas Legislature are available at

Young Conservatives of Texas has been promoting conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The state’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 19 legislative sessions. To learn more about YCT, their ratings, or for information on joining, please visit