Texas Monthly magazine released its biannual Top 10 “Best and Worst Legislators” featuring area state Reps. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and Wayne Christian, R-Center, in the “worst” category.
The representative said legislators who push conservative agendas can expect a place on the list.
“It is a badge of honor when you are put on the list along with nine other conservative Republicans,” he said. “There's not one single Democrat on the worst list, but there are four on the best.”
“I want to let the story stand on its own,” Burka said.
Burka called Berman a “decent man” who always has treated him mildly in conversation but that “the surest way to make the 10 worst list is by embarrassing the state.”
Christian made the list in back-to-back legislative sessions. An attempt to reach Christian for comment after office hours was unsuccessful.
Other notable “best” and “worst” include multiple bests for Republican Rep. Bill Ratliff, of Mount Pleasant, from the mid-'90s to 2003; Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, “best” in 2007; and Tyler GOP Rep. Ted Kamel who made the “worst” list in 1993.