The Environment in the State House

The natural landscape of Texas is influenced by the state’s political landscape.

By tracking votes in the state House, the non-profit group, Environment Texas, has been able to give a rough sense of how officials from various parts of the state vote on environmental questions.

Building on their data, the map here depicts the representatives’ lifetime voting records through 2017, with the latest bills covering tire dumping, wind energy, bee protection, clean air, pollution lawsuits, green infrastructure, electric cars, and fracking waste and penalties.

Overall, House officials allied with the “environmental” side in 48% of the reviewed votes during the 2017 and prior sessions. Green rankings of over 90% in the House went to Representatives Joe Moody (D–El Paso), Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), Donna Howard (D-Austin), Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio), Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso), Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City), and Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi).


Environment Texas. 2018. 2017 Legislative Scorecard. (Accessed 26 November 2018).