Top 10 Rising Lonestars®

Rising Lonestars® tracks and identifies local elected officials who show outstanding leadership. These are officials who effectively use the resources available to them to effect substantive change. They represent their constituents, defend minority groups and opinions (both liberal and conservative), and improve their communities. Great leaders are not the product of a single political party or ideology and Rising Lonestars from both sides of the aisle can be found below.


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

May 2022 Top 10

Read about homelessness, teacher’s pay, and housing in our May issue of Rising Lonestars.

Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez

April 2022 Top 10

Read about book bans, Disney, and Bitcoin in our April issue of Rising Lonestars.


March 2022 Top 10

Read about homelessness, crime prevention, and wildfires in our March issue of Rising Lonestars.

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker

Hays County Commissioner Walt Smith

February 2022 Top 10

Read about support for Ukraine, a new medical examiner’s office, and substitute teaching in our February issue of Rising Lonestars.


January 2022 Top 10

Read about crime reduction, housing, and potholes in our January issue of Rising Lonestars.

San Antonio Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez

Grayson County Judge Bill Magers

December 2021 Top 10

Read about pollution, parental leave, and economic development in our December issue of Rising Lonestars.


November 2021 Top 10

Read about food pantries, veterans, and housing in our November issue of Rising Lonestars.

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert

San Antonio Councilmember Manny Pelaez

October 2021 Top 10

Read about domestic violence policy, the Texas Heartbeat Bill, and redistricting in our October issue of Rising Lonestars.


September 2021 Top 10

Read about the southern border, charter amendments, and redistricting in our September issue of Rising Lonestars.

Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

August 2021 Top 10

Read about vaccine incentives, mask mandates, and podcasts in our August issue of Rising Lonestars.


July 2021 Top 10

Read about the connectivity, city cleanup, and the Big 12 in our July issue of Rising Lonestars.

White Castle Hills Mayor JR Trevino Jr.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego

June 2021 Top 10

Read about Governor Greg Abbott’s border fence, Interstate 45 expansion, and vaccinations in our June issue of Rising Lonestars.


May 2021 Top 10

Read about Austin’s Proposition B, voting rights, and drought in our May issue of Rising LoneStars.

Port Neches Mayor Glenn Johnson

Fort Bend County Judge KP George

April 2021 Top 10

Read about police reforms, public health, and local responses to Senate Bill 7 in our April issue of Rising LoneStars.


March 2021 Top 10

Read about mask mandates, TXDOT, and the Texas-Mexico border in our March issue of Rising LoneStars.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Austin Councilmember Paige Ellis

February 2021 Top 10

Read about local elected officials’ responses to the Texas winter storm in our February issue of Rising LoneStars.


January 2021 Top 10

Read about vaccines, homelessness, and abortion in our January issue of Rising LoneStars.

Austin Councilmember Ann Kitchen

Fort Bend Commissioner Ken DeMerchant

December 2020 Top 10

Read about small businesses, affordable housing, and Shingle Mountain in our December issue of Rising LoneStars.


November 2020 Top 10

Read about COVID-19 restrictions, CARES funding, and youth outreach in our November issue of Rising LoneStars.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

October 2020 Top 10

Read about police reform, social justice, and voting in our October issue of Rising LoneStars.

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