They were the freshest of the freshmen — the two youngest members of the largest freshman class of the Texas House in 40 years. And even before they took office, Mary González, an El Paso Democrat who will turn 30 in October, and Jonathan Stickland, a tea party Republican from the Fort Worth suburbs who will be 30 in September, each had made a defining declaration.
Stickland announced his ambition to compile the most conservative voting record of any member of the Texas House. “It’s time to do battle,” he said.
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Jonathan Tilove is the Statesman’s chief political writer. He has been chronicling his first Texas legislative (and special) session on statesman.com’s First Reading blog. Previously, he was a Washington correspondent for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and a Washington bureau reporter for Newhouse News Service.