Jonathan Stickland

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Jonathan Stickland
Jonathan Stickland by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 92nd district
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 12, 2021
Preceded byTodd Smith
Succeeded byJeff Cason
Personal details
Jonathan Spence Stickland

(1983-09-04) September 4, 1983 (age 38)
Plano, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Krissy Stickland
(m. 2006)
Residence(s)Bedford, Tarrant County
Alma materTarrant County College
Parkland College

Jonathan Spence Stickland (born September 4, 1983)[1] is a Texas politician. From 2013 to 2021 he served as a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 92, which includes a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth.[2] He was re-elected in 2018.[3] He did not seek re-election in 2020.[4]

Political life[edit]

In 2015, the political newsletter Quorum Report published online posts made by Stickland given to them by his Republican primary opponent, Scott Fisher. On an fantasy football forum, Stickland made comments regarding marital rape and marijuana use.[5] Stickland stated in a prepared statement that during college "I wasted much of life, said and did things I wish I hadn't." Strickland has supported cannabis decriminalization and partial legalization.[6]

Ratings and endorsements[edit]

In 2017, Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom scored Stickland 104 percent.[7] In 2017, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility scored him at 100 percent and rated him as one of the top 10 Best Legislators of 2017.[8][9]

In 2019, civil rights group Equality Texas gave Stickland a 0 percent rating. Environmental groups gave Stickland low ratings; the Texas League of Conservation Voters gave Stickland a 14 percent rating in 2015, while Environment Texas gave Stickland a 10 percent rating in 2019.[10]

The marijuana legalization advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) gave Stickland a 58 percent rating in 2019. The Texas Association of Realtors gave Stickland a 50 percent rating in 2013.[10]

2016 reelection campaign[edit]

In the Republican primary on March 1, 2016, Stickland faced opposition in his bid for a third term from Scott Weston Fisher, the senior pastor since 2000 of the Metroplex Chapel in Euless, Texas. Fisher carried the backing of former Governor Rick Perry, who in 2008 appointed Fisher to the Texas Youth Commission.[11] Stickland defeated Fisher in the primary election with 58% of the vote.[12]

Comments made by Stickland in 2001 and 2008 in online forums generated controversy amid his primary campaign against Scott Fisher. Stickland apologized for his remarks. In 2008 in a post on a "fantasy sports message board, Stickland responded to a user's request for sex advice by saying, 'Rape is non existent in marriage, take what you want my friend!'"[13]

2017 legislative session[edit]

In 2017, Stickland offered an unsuccessful amendment to prohibit state aid to the abatement of feral hogs. In retaliation for Stickland's amendment, his Republican colleague, Drew Springer, Jr., of Muenster, backed by Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio, obtained passage of another amendment to defund $900,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation earmarked for Stickland's hometown of Bedford.[14]

Stickland in 2017[15] authored HB375 which would allow Texans who were legally able to own firearms, to carry handguns without a permit from the state of Texas.[16]

Stickland is one of only twelve House Republicans organized through the House Freedom Caucus, which he claims is the true representative of most conservative Republicans statewide. He has emerged as a critic of Speaker Joe Straus and an ally in the House of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the presiding officer of the Texas State Senate. In 2017, Patrick and Straus quarreled over the bathroom bill sponsored by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, which would require persons to use the public rest room corresponding with their genitalia at birth. Straus agreed to a more moderate bill because of what he called concerns about economic boycotts of Texas by business and athletic groups who view the bathroom legislation as infringing on the rights of transgender persons. The Patrick-Straus split created an impasse on the legislation as the regular session wound down.[17] Stickland said, "I absolutely think that there is a fight going on for the heart and soul of the Republican Party."[17]

Stickland used a legislative procedure called "chubbing" to prevent the consideration of over 200 bills by the Texas House, effectively killing the bills, in what Texas media referred to as the "Mothers Day Massacre."[18][19]

2018 reelection[edit]

Stickland retained his state House seat in the general election held on November 6, 2018. With 29,697 (49.8 percent), he defeated his Democratic opponent, Steve Riddell, who polled 28,251 votes (47.4 percent). Libertarian Party choice, Eric P. Espinoza, received 1,641 votes (2.8 percent).[20]

2019 legislative session[edit]

Stickland was the author of a bill to ban red light cameras in Texas. The bill passed both the House and the Senate. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law on June 1, 2019.[21]

At the end of the 2019 legislative session, when Texas Monthly published its perennial Best and Worst Legislators list, they gave Stickland the "first-ever Cockroach Award" and wrote that they were "enshrining the term for a lawmaker who accomplishes nothing but always manages to show up in the worst possible way." The reasons given for the newly created award included a "needless" Twitter fight between Stickland and a prominent vaccine researcher, in which Stickland called vaccines "sorcery" before saying he was only objecting to government-mandated vaccines, and Stickland's verbal sparring with other representatives who resurrected Governor Greg Abbott's signature $100 million plan for high school mental health services after Stickland used a procedural maneuver to kill it.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Stickland and his wife, Krissy, met in church. The couple has two daughters.[23]


  1. ^ "Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-TX 92nd District)". Texas Library Association. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Jonathan Stickland". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Jonathan Stickland | Texas State Representative Dist. 92". Jonathan Stickland | Texas State Representative Dist. 92. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  4. ^ Tinsley, Anna (June 24, 2019). "Texas Rep. Jonathan Stickland won't seek re-election: 'It is not the Lord's will.'". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Texas lawmaker Jonathan Stickland's web posts condone rape, seek weed 'smoking buddy'". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Report: Texas Republican Rep. Jonathan Stickland sought advice online on how to grow 'da green'". San Antonio Express-News. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  7. ^ "2017 Session Reportcard" (PDF). Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Fiscal Responsibility Index". Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  9. ^ Staff (28 May 2017). "Best and Worst Legislators of 2017". Empower Texans. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Jonathan Stickland's Ratings and Endorsements". Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Scott W. Fisher (Senior Pastor)". Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Tinsley, Anna (March 1, 2016). "Tarrant County legislative incumbents win primary election". Star-Telegram. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Stickland Race Heats Up Over Pot, Rape Comments". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Texas House Refuses to Vote on Swanson Amendment: "No Men in Women's Bathrooms!"". April 7, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  15. ^ Walsh, Sean (12 May 2017). "With Friday's House calendar defeated, 'Mother's Day Massacre' complete". Austin-American Statesman. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  16. ^ Pollock, Cassandra (28 March 2017). "House panel hears bills for open carry without a permit". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  17. ^ a b Peggy Fikac, "Battle raging for control of GOP: Those linked to business interests are vying with Texas tea partiers," San Antonio Express-News, May 28, 2017, pp. 1, A19.
  18. ^ Grissom, Brandi (19 May 2017). "What happens when a small band of angry legislators takes control of the Texas House? We're about to learn". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  19. ^ Parker, Kolten (May 2017). "This Week: In 'Mother's Day Massacre,' Tea Party Caucus Derails 100+ Bills". Texas Observer. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Election Returns". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  21. ^ Fedschun, Travis. Red light cameras banned in Texas, FOX News, June 2, 2019.
  22. ^ "2019: The Best and Worst Legislators". Texas Monthly. June 18, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  23. ^ "Jonathan Stickland's Biography". Retrieved March 18, 2014.

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by Texas State Representative from
District 92 (part of Tarrant County)

Succeeded by