January 28, 2021

Rep. Matt Krause Announces Bid for Texas House Republican Caucus Chair


State Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Price) introduced his bid for Chairman of the Texas Home Republican Caucus in the present day.

He would substitute Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Price), who confirmed she won’t search one other time period as chair.

In his publish asserting his candidacy, Krause put openness and effectivity on the heart of his technique as hopeful chair.

“I consider our Caucus ought to provide you with a listing of priorities earlier than the session even begins. And we must always work diligently and doggedly to get these payments handed out of the Home from the start of the session… We’ve got seen means too many good payments die as a result of the clock ran out,” Krause wrote.

“It should additionally assist to have common and open communication with our grassroots people… They (and others across the state) need to know what’s going on with the precedence payments and their standing. I’m dedicated to creating positive that communication takes place.”

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Krause additionally gave a diplomatic however distant nod to presumptive Speaker of the Texas Home Dade Phelan (R-Orange), saying “[Republican] priorities shouldn’t be dictated by the Speaker’s workplace… I respect soon-to-be Speaker Phelan’s mindset right here as he has said the identical philosophy.”

Klick changed former GOP Caucus Chair Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) final yr shortly after his position in a political scandal alongside outgoing Texas Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) got here to mild. Burrows cooperated in giving conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan a listing of 10 Republican state representatives to focus on, a bombshell revelation additional sophisticated by a bylaw stopping the chair from campaigning in opposition to a fellow GOP incumbent.

A member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, Krause is the 13th most conservative member of the chamber in response to the rating of Rice College fellow Mark P. Jones, proper beneath Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) and above Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano). Conservative advocacy group Texas Scorecard offers Krause a rating of 78 out of 100 however an A grade for his profession general within the Fiscal Accountability Index.

Jones ranks outgoing chair Klick the 51st most conservative member of the Texas Home, slightly below the ideological median of the get together. Klick’s profession rating on the Fiscal Accountability Index is B-, with a present ranking of 56 out of 100.

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