From Chron.com, August 6, 2014,
AUSTIN — State Rep. Phil King has been named next year’s national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an assignment that will put the Weatherford Republican atop one of most influential and controversial national groups focused on state policy.
King, who joined the state House in 1999, is a longtime ALEC member who currently serves as the organization’s first vice chair. He will succeed the current chair, Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer.
The group headed by more than 2,000 conservative state lawmakers connects politicians with business leaders, conducts research projects and, most notably, comes up with model legislation of conservative policies. In recent years, as some of the model policies have been adopted by a variety of state Legislatures, ALEC has become controversial in some parts of the country.
“The American Legislative Exchange Council provides state legislators with the opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the country and to hear unique perspectives on policy from the private sector,” King said in a statement. “As the incoming National Chair, I look forward to working with ALEC members in Texas and around the country to advance the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism throughout our great county.”
King is seen as one of more conservative members of the state House. He ranked 16th on the latest Young Conservatives of Texas annual scorecard, and he was one of 29 lawmakers to vote against the budget last session.
The only other Texas lawmaker to serve as ALEC chair in recent years was former House Speaker Tom Craddick.
ALEC held its annual meeting in Dallas last week, with Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott addressing attendees.