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The Best and Worst Legislators 2011

Honorable Mentions

Senator Kevin Eltife R–Tyler
For living up to his reputation, 
even in this pressure cooker of 
a session, as the one person everyone was always happy to see, the essence of collegiality, respect for 
principle, and good humor (there’s 
a reason they call him “Easy E”).

Tom Craddick R–Midland; Vicki Truitt R–Keller
For each making a valiant run 
at reining in payday lenders—though working together next time might get better results.

Yvonne Davis D–Dallas
For tirelessly sniffing out 
nefarious amendments, dragging them into the light of day, 
and stomping on them like bugs.

Sylvester Turner D–Houston
For his passionate defense of the voiceless amid the chorus of fiscal hawks and for the love he showed his adversaries on the House floor.

Senator Kirk Watson D–Austin
For his “honesty agenda” bills, 
which will make the Legislature’s murky budget-writing process 
more transparent.

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