Endorsed Candidates

The following candidates are endorsed by the Texas Humane Legislation Network for the 2016 General Elections.  We choose to endorse these candidates based on three major criteria: 

1. The candidate's overall voting record and platform,

2. The candidate's performance on animal protection issues as an incumbent, and

3. The candidate's prospect of mounting a credible, competitive campaign.

The Network is only endorsing in contested races in which an incumbent had a voting record to evaluate, thus there are many races where we were not able to produce reliable scoring criteria and therefore did not endorse for that race. Please also note we only issue endorsements of candidates for state offices and make no endorsements for federal offices. Our goal is for Texas to be a more humane place for animals and for our state legislature to pass necessary laws to protect animals and eliminate cruelty. Thus, we encourage those who care deeply about these issues to consider and be guided by our endorsements, and to support candidates who will advance a humane agenda. 

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Name Endorsement considerations

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Senate District 22

Brian Birdwell

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal  (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)

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Senate District 20

Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

Voted YES to:
  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal  (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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Senate District 19

Carlos I. Uresti

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal  (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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District 105

Rodney Anderson, R

Co-Sponsored the Shark Finning Bill (2015)
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
 

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District 113

Cindy Burkett, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal  (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)

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District 112

Angie Chen Button, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)


Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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District 98

Giovanni Capriglione, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 


Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 95

Nicole Collier, D

 

 
Author of the Canine Encounter Bill (2015)
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

Voted YES to:

  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 136

Tony Dale, R

 
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 134

Sarah Davis, R

 
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal  (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

 

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District 109

Helen Giddings, D

Voted YES to:

  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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District 50

Celia Israel, D

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)

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District 100
Eric Johnson, D

 
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

Voted YES to:
  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal (2011)
  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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District 102

Linda Koop, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)


 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
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District 89

Jodie Laubenberg, R

 
Co-Authored the Pets in Protective Orders Bill (2011)
Co-Authored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)


Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
  • Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)
  •  Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)
  •  Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)
  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)
  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal (2011)
  •  Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)
  •  Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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District 67

Jeff Leach, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)
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District 108

Morgan Meyer, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)


 


Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)

  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)

  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)

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District 78

Joe Moody, D

Voted YES to:
  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 70

Scott Sanford, R

Voted YES to:
  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 66

Matt Shaheen, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)

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District 107

Kenneth Sheets, R

Author of the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015) 
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015) 
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

    Prohibit a person from attending a cockfight, and strengthen the existing cockfighting law (2011)

  • Ensure that animals seized from people charged with cruelty to animals are not held in shelters for extended periods of time pending an appeal (2011)

  • Allow a judge to order a person convicted of animal cruelty to attend a responsible pet owner course (2011)

  • Require the inclusion of companion animals in pet protective orders (2011)

  • Require manufacturers of antifreeze and engine coolant to add a bittering agent to the product to render it unpalatable to both children and animals (2011)

  • Limit civil liability of a person, an animal control agency, or an animal control agency employee who renders aid to an injured or distressed animal (2011) 

  • Allow certain counties to regulate the roadside sale of animals (2011)

  • Regulate puppy mills (2011)

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District 29

Ed Thompson, R

Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 101

Chris Turner, D

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen penalties for shark finning on the Texas coast (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)

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District 114

Jason Villalba, R

Co-Sponsored the Gas Chamber Bill (2013)
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)
Co-Sponsored the Shark Finning Bill (2015)


Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)

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District 137

Gene Wu, D

Co-Sponsored the Shark Finning Bill (2015)
Co-Sponsored the Humane Tethering Bill (2015)

 

Voted YES to:

  • Make canine encounter training mandatory for certain Texas peace officers to avoid future shootings of dogs by law enforcement (2015)
  • Strengthen the dangerous dog appeals bill (2015)
  • End euthanasia by way of the carbon monoxide gas chamber for shelter dogs and cats (2013)