How the NRA Grades the 34 Members of Texas’s Congressional Delegation

Four Texans received Fs—almost as many Texans as received A+s. 
Thu December 20, 2012 1:00 am
AP Photo | Ric Feld

How do the 33 members of Texas’s congressional delegation stack up in the NRA’s opinion? The New York Times put together a handy infographic, which we’ve parsed here.

The NRA grades senators and congressmen based on their voting record on laws regarding guns. Five Texans received the NRA’s top rating, an A+ ( U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Reps. Ted Poe, Lamar Smith, John Carter, and Pete Sessions.) And, of the ten Democrats in the Texas delegation, three received A- grades from the NRA ( U.S. Reps. Pete Gallego, Henry Cuellar, and Gene Green.)

Who received Fs? Four Democrats. ( U.S. Reps. Al Green, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Lloyd Doggett, and Eddie Johnson.) Only incoming U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, did not receive a rating.

In total, members of Texas’s congressional delegation received $73,900 in campaign contributions from the NRA. Only $3,000 of that went to Democrats. And only two Republicans, U.S. Reps. Louis Gohmert Jr. and Randy Weber, did not receive contributions from the NRA.

Here’s how each of Texas’s 34 United States Senators and Representatives performed in the NRA’s estimation:

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $1,500

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R.
NRA rating: A+
NRA campaign contribution: $9,900

U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert Jr., R, Tyler.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R, Beaumont.
NRA rating: A+
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Samuel “Sam” Johnson, R, Richardson.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $3,000

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R, Rockwall.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $1,000

U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R, Dallas.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $3,000

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R, Ennis.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $1,000

U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R, Houston.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $1,650

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R, Conroe.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $1,000

U.S. Rep. Al Green, D, Houston.
NRA rating: F
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R, Austin.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $3,000

U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway, R, Midland.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R, Fort Worth.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $3,500

U.S. Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry, R, Wichita Falls.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R, Pearland.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D, Edinburg.
NRA rating: D
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D, El Paso.
NRA rating: N/A
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R, Waco.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $4,500

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D, Houston.
NRA rating: F
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R, Lubbock.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D, San Antonio.
NRA rating: C
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R, San Antonio.
NRA rating: A+
NRA campaign contribution: $4,500

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R, Sugar Land.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D, Alpine.
NRA rating: A-
NRA campaign contribution: $1,000

U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R, Irving.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,500

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D, Austin.
NRA rating: F
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R, Lewisville.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R, Corpus Christi.
NRA rating: A
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D, Laredo.
NRA rating: A-
NRA campaign contribution: $2,000

U.S. Rep. Raymond “Gene” Green, D, Houston.
NRA rating: A-
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. Eddie Johnson, D, Dallas.
NRA rating: F
NRA campaign contribution: None

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R, Round Rock.
NRA rating: A+
NRA campaign contribution: $6,950

U.S. Rep. Peter “Pete” Sessions, R, Dallas.
NRA rating: A+
NRA campaign contribution: $9,900

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