Brandon Waltens serves as the Capitol Bureau Chief and Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard.
Born in the Socialist Republic of California, Brandon’s family fled as political refugees to Texas as fast as they could. After growing up in Dallas-Fort Worth, Brandon attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2014. It was in college that Brandon’s involvement with the conservative movement in Texas began. During his time in school, he led the Baylor chapter of Young Conservative of Texas, and later served on the organization’s state board, earning the “Chairman’s Award” in 2015.
After working on Konni Burton’s senate campaign in 2014, Brandon worked with Empower Texans’ General Counsel Tony McDonald on special legislative projects during the 84th legislative session. After the session, Brandon went on to manage two successful legislative campaigns during the 2016 cycle, first for conservative stalwart Matt Rinaldi’s re-election in Irving and later the runoff campaign for challenger Briscoe Cain in Deer Park.
Brandon took the fight for conservative values to the halls of the state capitol during the 85th legislative session, serving as State Rep. Briscoe Cain’s Chief of Staff. During this time, he helped the freshman lawmaker propel himself to prominence with conservative grassroots in Texas by leading a legislative team that resulted in the most conservative voting record in the body.
Drawing on his experience from campaigns and inside the capitol, Brandon is focused on shining a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin and making the seemingly complex legislative process more accessible so that all conservative Texans may keep their government accountable.
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