Power Top Ten #8 (Texas): State Senator Bryan Hughes

Power Top Ten #8 (Texas): State Senator Bryan Hughes

Image: Texas Senator Bryan Hughes, Republican of Mineola.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Austin, December 8 – Bryan Hughes, the Republican State Senator from Mineola, approximately 80 miles due east of Dallas, enjoyed one of the most productive legislatures any Texas State Senator has enjoyed in history during the recently-concluded 87th Legislature. On the condition of anonymity, one of his Senate colleagues told this newspaper, “Bryan Hughes has become the ‘go-to guy’ for both the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor in the Texas Senate. That’s why he has reliably carried and passed such major legislation during the 87th Legislature’s Regular and Special Sessions.”

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Texas. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Texas necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political, business, or policy goals. In other words, she or he can get things done in Texas. 

So far, The Golden Hammer has named one other person in the Power Top Ten:

#9, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

#10, Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.

#8: State Senator Bryan Hughes

With one of the most reliably-conservative voting records in the entire Texas Legislature, Senator Hughes has a near-perfect legislative personality. He gets along with everyone from hard-right conservatives to the most liberal of the liberal Democrats. To have cordial relationships even with those with you disagree is one of the most important skills for a successful legislator.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Hughes as Chairman of the powerful State Affairs Committee during the 87th Session. He served as Chairman of the Conference Committee for Senate Bill 1, the election integrity bill, which became the central issue in the entire legislative session. That appointment made sense, because Hughes was the author of the bill, which eventually passed and was arguably the highest priority for conservatives and the Republican Party.

Additionally, Hughes was the author of:

  • Senate Bill 8, the “fetal heartbeat law,” which Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law and which immediately largely shut down the abortion industry in Texas;
  • Senate Bill 219, a tort reform measure protecting the construction industry, which became law September 1;
  • Senate Bill 445, a law to make school buses safer for schoolchildren;
  • 18 other bills signed into law during the Regular Session of the Legislature;
  • Senate Bill 3, expanding the ban on teaching “critical race theory” to all public school subjects, during the Second Special Session;
  • Approximately two dozen bills, which passed the Texas Senate only to die in the dysfunctional Texas House of Representatives, one such bill of which was the effort during the Third Special Session to increase the criminal penalties for violations of Texas’ election integrity laws.

Hughes was Chairman of six (6) Senate-House Conference Committees, a member of the Senate Redistricting Committee, which largely ran the entire legislative redistricting process for Texas, and a cosponsor or sponsor of 94 other pieces of legislation.

Senator Hughes authored thirty-six (36) amendments during the sessions all of which such amendments passed. That fact reflects that many of those amendments came from the urging of Lieutenant Governor Patrick or other leading Senators in the Texas Senate.

Hughes made himself an easy Senator with whom to work, a legislator who clearly wanted to resolve problems and was open to working with anyone amongst legislators, staff, lobbyists, and citizens to do so, and someone who never seemed to lose his self-discipline or astoundingly hard work ethic.

Bryan Hughes gets the job done.





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