More than 40 state lawmakers support removing a Confederate memorial inside the Capitol that offers a debunked history lesson on the Civil War, even as most state leaders have remained silent on the issue.
State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, a candidate for House speaker, has been the leading voice calling for the plaque’s removal. He met privately with Gov. Greg Abbott on the issue in October, but Abbott has said little about the meeting or his views on the plaque.
The American-Statesman contacted all members of the Legislature last week who hadn’t publicly stated a position on the plaque. In total, 36 House members said the plaque should be taken down — 32 Democrats and four Republicans. The Republicans are state Reps. Tony Dale of Cedar Park, Drew Darby of San Angelo and Gary VanDeaver of New Boston, and House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio, who isn’t seeking re-election.
In the Senate, six Democrats and one Republican, Sen. Van Taylor of Plano, are calling for the plaque’s removal.
Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Houston and most Republican lawmakers, who constitute the majority in the House and Senate, did not respond to requests for their positions.