Best Local Democrat Houston 2011 - State Representative Scott Hochberg
Readers' Choice: Readers' Choice: Annise Parker
It was a brutal legislative session for public education in Texas this year, as the Tea Party Caucus demanded budget cuts that had districts slashing programs and laying off teachers. Democrats like Scott Hochberg were hopelessly outnumbered, but did the best they could fighting rear-guard actions to protect as much as possible. Hochberg has long made himself one of the most knowledgeable and effective members when it comes to public education, and those who support good schools needed every bit of his expertise and savvy this year.