Best Local Republican - 2011
State Representative Dan Huberty
Readers' Choice: Readers' Choice: Ted Poe
Let's face it: It was not a good year for Republicans in the legislature, unless by "good" you mean "getting everything they wanted passed." Which is probably how they define it, sure. But the session turned into an orgy of slashing budgets for health and education and passing a bunch of social-issue bills that seemed generated from your cranky uncle's e-mail forwards. One Republican stood out from the partisan mess, and it was newcomer Dan Huberty from Humble. A former school board president, he calmly showed a willingness to work across the aisle and listen. "If there were such elections, he would have won freshman class president by a landslide," Texas Monthly wrote in its Best & Worst Legislators edition.