Austin, TX, Release: March 4, 2022 — For Immediate Release
The Republican Party of Texas officially censured Representative Tony Gonzales today, imposing the full set of penalties allowed by the rules, for lack of fidelity to Republican principles and priorities. Rule 44 of the Republican Party of Texas allows the party to censure elected officials who violate Texas Republican Party principles and priorities three times or more in a given biennium. The censure of Rep. Gonzales details five such instances on issues such as traditional marriage, second amendment protections, preserving freedom, and border security.
The original censure resolution by the Medina County Republican Party was supported by 16 out of the 29 counties in Rep. Gonzales’s district, and required at least a three-fifths vote to pass the 64 member State Republican Executive Committee. The final vote was 57 in favor, 5 opposed and 1 abstention. This is only the second time in history the Republican Party of Texas has utilized the Rule 44 censure option.
The full resolution is here.