Democrat, Austin In his final session, Strama (pictured above) made a thoughtful case that standardized testing is essential to measuring student success and that minority groups stand to gain the most from it.
Representative Drew Darby
Republican, San Angelo In a memorable speech, he tried to educate Republican freshmen about the need for a permanent source of funding for highways, but, alas, the newbies didn’t get it.
Senator Kirk Watson
Democrat, Austin His stewardship of the Senate democratic caucus allowed his party to keep some bills off the floor that could have derailed the session.
Representative John Zerwas
Republican, Richmond He fought hard to find a “Texas solution” for medicaid expansion, despite opposition from his own party.