Out of all the politicos in all the towns in all of Texas, Sugar Land's very own Rep. Charlie Howard has been recognized as the most conservative member of the Texas House. Ultimate Fort Bend reported the news after Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy released its study, in which it plotted each member's voting record along a blue to red spectrum.
And Representative Charlie Howard is the most flamingly far to the right.
Hot Tamale Howard was thrilled at the news, reported Ultimate Fort Bend. Said Howard to the paper:
First of all, Texas is the most conservative state in the Union, and Fort Bend County is one of the most conservative counties in the state...Therefore, I think I am doing an extremely good job of representing my district and my county.
The study reveals that virtually no voting takes place in the middle. The vast majority of House members stay safely on either side of the party fault line. But while Howard embraces the study's conclusion that he is the Red King, he chooses to deny its finding that most members unswervingly vote by color. "I would say there are members that have that difficulty but I don't feel like I'm one of those members," he told the paper.
Howard has been a mainstay in Texas Monthly's annual rankings of Worst Legislators, appearing in the top ten worst in 2007, 1999 and 1997. Rice's study is just one more notch in his red belt. Said Howard to Ultimate Fort Bend, "I've been up here 16 years... I think you're gonna find that my voting record reflects my conservatism for that whole period."