Ashby recognized as conservative leader

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, was named a Lone Star Conservative Leader after the release of the Texas Conservative Roundtable’s 2013 Conservative Solutions scorecard. As part of educating the public on which state legislators met with the TCR’s expectations during the last legislative session, the TCR releases a scorecard every other year. This scorecard is a measurement of how lawmakers performed on issues consistent with TCR’s principles, missions, and goals of conservative solutions for state government.

“I’m honored to have received this coveted distinction from the Texas Conservative Roundtable,” Ashby said. “My goal from day one has been to reflect and represent the strong conservative values of our District, and I remain committed to doing just that.”

The TCR said in a statement released with the scorecard, that it expects elected officials to maintain low taxes, a streamlined and predictable regulatory environment, a reliable infrastructure, and a transparent and efficient government.

“We believe this scorecard accurately reflects which state legislators could be counted on to stand up for thoughtful, effective solutions to the challenges facing the Texas economy and the Texas business community,” the TCR’s statement said. “These legislators made difficult choices under enormous pressure, and continually declined to cast the easy or politically expedient vote, instead opting to stand up and be conservative stewards of Texas.”

Rep. Ashby was named a Conservative Leader, the highest honor given to legislators on the scorecard. Key votes for Rep. Ashby included supporting critical water, education and tax relief efforts, and opposing unnecessary regulations and government spending.

“During this year’s legislative session the Texas legislature managed to complete its work without raising taxes and without damaging the economic climate in the state,” the TCR’s statement said. “In fact, Texas continues to be recognized as a national and world leader in job creation and economic development. That success is no accident; it is due to the list of conservative honorees recognized by this scorecard who displayed leadership and courage during the 83rd Legislative Session.”

According to its website the Texas Conservative Roundtable is a nonpartisan coalition of concerned business leaders and citizens who have come together to ensure that Texas remains a national and world leader for economic activity and quality of life.