From the desk of Texas State Representative Wayne Christian, (R, D-9) President of the Texas Conservative Coalition.
I am proud to be a founding member of Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas, a new organization of elected officials who have pledged to stand for conservative principles by serving the people before the party.
The formation of this group was just announced today, and I wanted you to be among the first to know about this exciting development. I hope you will support our effort to unite conservatives across the state as we fight to defend individual liberty, freedom, and the free market ideals that make our country so great. You can read more in the press release below or by visiting the organization’s website at www.icrepublicans.com.
God bless you and God bless Texas.
Here is the accompanying press release.
Rep. Christian and Other Conservative Texas Legislators Band Together to Start New Organization; Put People Before Party
Pledges to 5 core principles and to unites conservatives
AUSTIN – On the eve of the “Tea Party” movement’s anniversary, Representative Wayne Christian (R-Center) has joined other conservative legislators in Texas to form a new organization – the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas. With conservative voters organizing like never before to protest the unprecedented overreaching intrusion of the federal government, voters need to know there are Republican legislators who share their beliefs and will uphold their principals.
The group was founded on five core principles each member has committed to uphold:
- Stand for conservative principals and to put people before Party.
- Fiscally accountable, limit the size of government, and fight for free market principles.
- Protect our borders and to support a strong military.
- Protect life, support strong family values, and uphold the Judeo-Christian beliefs our nation was founded upon.
- Honor the Constitution and protect the sovereign rights of Texas.
“We are all proud members of the Republican Party and will remain so. However, this organization provides us with accountability outside of our political party,” the group’s founder Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) remarked. “We recognize we are first and foremost accountable to the people who elected us. We have dedicated ourselves to these core principals and have said ‘this is who we are and this is how we will legislate,’” Sen. Patrick concluded.
Rep. Christian said, “Pledging to uphold the five core principle allows us to take responsibility for our beliefs and actions, and provides our constituents with a higher level of transparency. We hope it will serve as a means to unite conservatives across the state.”
“We’re joining together to say test us, try us, hold us accountable. We mean it when we pledge to defend limited government, individual liberties and free enterprise,” remarked Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford).
“The voters placed their trust in us because we share their values and priorities, and we have a responsibility to govern according to those principles,” Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville) added.
“With increased awareness of the citizens expressing their desire to be involved, it is exciting to be a part of this movement to accept the challenge of bringing our state and nation back to the conservative, godly heritage of our founding fathers,” Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) offered.
“Dedication to America’s founding principles, through our commitment to civic awareness and responsibility, is what the Independent Conservative Republicans will follow as our course of action,” Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) observed.
“The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson
Additional information may be found on the group’s website at