AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Sen. Dan Patrick has organized a new group of conservative politicians to promote conservative causes and oppose federal government intervention.
Patrick - a conservative radio show host from Houston - on Monday announced the creation of the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas.
Rep. Wayne Christian announced in a press release that he joined the group as a founding member.
"I hope you will support our effort to unite conservatives across the state as we fight to defend individual liberty, freedom, and the free market ideals that make our country so great," Christian state in a press release.
State Sen. Robert Nichols also joined the movement, according to the group's Web site.
So far, 57 GOP legislators and five primary election winners have signed on to the group. In the House, the most conservative Republicans - 44 of a total of 73 - are listed as founding members.
A news release from Patrick's office said the group is committed to five conservative principles including limiting government and protecting borders.