Voice of the Conservative Vote

Voice of the Conservative Vote

Every week, TexasGOPVote features a Voice of the Conservative Vote. Those recognized include citizens, bloggers, activists, authors, radio show hosts, members of ministry, thought leaders, legislators and others who exemplify principles of Republican exceptionalism. They demonstrate clear thinking, leadership, initiative, and values that are vital for the future of Texas and the United States. They are the Voice of the Conservative Vote.


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Voice of the Conservative Vote: Michelle Lancaster

Michelle Lancaster is a married mother of three who grew up living on military bases throughout Germany and the US as an Army Brat until finally settling in Texas in 1991. She works as a Client Manager for a vision insurance company and while she travels extensively throughout the US for business. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Merrie Spaeth

Merrie Spaeth has a unique background in media, government, politics, business and entertainment. She is a pioneer in communication theory, executive training and coaching. Spaeth is acknowledged as one of the most influential communication counselors in the world.

Merrie has coached thousands of executives who want to become more effective communicators, improve their presentation skills and ultimately expand their leadership capabilities. She gives clients a proven approach to communication and teaches them how to structure remarks and presentations to take their careers to a higher level. Her clients include Fortune 500 C-suite executives who have adopted the Spaeth approach for themselves and their global organizations as well as entrepreneurs, academic gurus, politicians and many others. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Rick Galindo

Rick Galindo III is a Republican Texas state representative representing State District 117. He ousted Democrat incumbent Philip Cortez. Rick Galindo III was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. From the very beginning, his parents – Oscar, a civilian employee at Kelly AFB, and Sylvia, who worked at USAA – instilled in him the values of education, hard work and giving back to the community. These values guide Rick to this day.

Knowing the importance of a good education, Rick's parents worked hard and sacrificed to send him to Central Catholic High School. After graduating, Rick attended St. Mary's University here in San Antonio, earning a degree in Finance and Risk Management. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Dennis Bonnen

Representative Dennis Bonnen serves the 25th Legislative District in the Texas House of Representatives representing southern Brazoria County and all of Matagorda County. First elected to the Legislature in 1996, he began his tenth term of office in January 2015.

At the beginning of the 83rd Session, Representative Bonnen was appointed by Speaker Straus to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, acting as presiding officer of the House in the Speaker's absence, while also directing the Local and Consent calendar. Representative Bonnen also serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts with policy oversight of local authorities and districts that have a direct impact on Texans' day-to-day lives. Additionally, he is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee where he played a key role in the passage of historical legislation to fund and implement Texas' nationally-renowned State Water Plan and continues to tackle water issues faced by Brazoria and Matagorda counties. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Geanie Morrison

State Representative Geanie W. Morrison, R-District 30, is currently serving her eighth term in the Texas Legislature. The south Texas district includes DeWitt, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio, and Victoria counties.

For the 83rd Legislative Session, Representative Morrison was appointed to chair the House Committee on Elections, and serve as a member of the House Committee on Insurance. During the 82nd Legislative Session, Representative Morrison was appointed to the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. She also served as the vice-chair of the House Committee on Human Services. Representative Morrison served as the chair of the House Committee on Higher Education for three Legislative Sessions. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Jimmie Don Aycock

Jimmie Don Aycock represents the 54th House District of Texas. He is a veterinarian, rancher, and businessman in Killeen and, as such, considers himself a strong defender of property rights. Jimmie Don is a member of two House committees: Public Education and Appropriations, having also been appointed to the Appropriations subcommittee on Education.

He was born in Bell County and graduated from Moody High School in 1965 as the class valedictorian. In 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie McKamie. They have a son, Jim, an attorney in Houston, a daughter, Michelle, who is pursuing a PhD in School Improvement, and four grandchildren. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Martha McSally

Martha McSally ousted Democrat incumbent Congressman Ron Barber in the 2014 Elections and won election to Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.

Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally is a pioneer, leader, servant, and fighter. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. In 2001-2002, Martha McSally earned national recognition for successfully overturning a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear a Muslim Abaya and headscarf when off base in Saudi Arabia. She has extensive education and experience in national and international security, public policy, and transformational leadership.

Martha retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel in 2010. She has made her home in Tucson for a number of years, first arriving in the Old Pueblo in 1994, the first of her four assignments to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Bill Cassidy

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's December 6, 2014 United States Senate run-off race. 

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a lifelong public servant. He is a physician, a teacher, a community leader, father, and husband.

As an associate professor of medicine with Louisiana State University, Bill has provided care for uninsured patients and taught doctors in training at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for the last twenty years. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Will Hurd

Will Hurd will be the next Republican Congressman for Texas Congressional District 23. He defeated Democrat incumbent Pete Gallego in the 2014 General Election.

Since June 2010, Will has been a Senior Advisor with the cybersecurity firm FusionX, which he joined following a decade of federal service and a run for public office in Texas. As a member of the FusionX team, Will helps tackle a wide range of complex cybersecurity challenges facing large manufacturers, financial institutions, major retailers and critical infrastructure providers. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Greg Abbott

He is one of the nation’s leading advocates for stopping the federal overreach of the Obama Administration, a defender of the Constitution, and a conservative to the core: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Few leaders have amassed a record of defending state sovereignty like Greg Abbott. Abbott has filed more than 30 lawsuits against the Obama Administration. He has taken on burdensome EPA regulations and succeeded. He fought ObamaCare all the way to the United States Supreme Court. He has stood on the solid ground of the 10th Amendment to protect local classrooms, and individual freedom. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Blake Farenthold

U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold is a lifelong resident of Texas, born and raised in Corpus Christi. He is currently serving his second term in Congress, representing the 27th District of Texas which includes the Texas Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi and vicinity to Matagorda County and Inland to Bastrop. It includes Corpus Christi, Victoria, Wharton, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Bay City, Luling, Edna, Yoakum, Lockhart, Port Lavaca, Ingleside, Taft, Point Comfort, Robstown, Gonzales, Refugio, Hallettsville, Fulton, Portland, Ingleside, Gregory, Port Aransas, El Campo, Moulton, Bastrop, Palacios and Shiner. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Jan Morgan

Jan is an Associated Press Award Winning Veteran television investigative journalist, now turned citizen activist for the Conservative Movement. Her Conservative voice has generated a following of over 350,000 friends and subscribers on her website and three Facebook pages, “Jan Morgan,” “Jan Morgan Media,” and “Jan On America,” which led to her being selected the first Facebook Conservative Rockstar by Red White and Blue News.

During her 27 years as a television anchor and reporter, Jan’s work won Associated Press awards in spot news, documentary, and best continuing coverage. Jan’s most recent work that is gaining national exposure Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Jim DeMint

Becoming president of The Heritage Foundation is “like coming home,” says Jim DeMint, who rose from modest South Carolina roots and a career in marketing to build and lead a resurgent conservative caucus in the U.S. Senate. Heritage’s public policy research, DeMint says, informed him as a citizen and inspired his entry into politics and government.

On April 4, 2013, DeMint succeeded Edwin J. Feulner as president of the leading think tank. After stepping down from the Senate seat to which South Carolinians twice elected him, DeMint functioned as president-elect of Heritage in a three-month transition. Feulner, president since 1977, was a founding trustee in 1974. “I’m humbled to follow in the footsteps of Ed Feulner, who built the most important conservative institution in the nation,” DeMint said during the transition.  Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Kristopher Infante

Kristopher Infante is the former State Chairman of the Texas Federation of College Republicans, the largest conservative youth organization in Texas. Kristopher was born and raised in San Benito, TX where he was introduced to politics while working as Editor in Chief of his school newspaper. After graduating from San Benito High School, Kristopher moved to San Marcos, TX to attend Texas State University. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Alex Smith

Alex Smith is serving as National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Alex, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics. Prior to being elected as National Co-Chairman, Alex served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. During her tenure as State Chairman, she organized multiple deployments for candidates along the east coast.

Before becoming involved at the national level, Alex served as a chapter leader for the Catholic University College Republicans. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: George Will

As a columnist, television personality and author, George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers, a biweekly Newsweek column and appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will may be one of the most influential writers in America.

In 1976, Will won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for his newspaper columns, and garnered awards for his Newsweek columns, including a finalist citation in the essays and criticism category of the 1979 National Magazine Awards competition. He was also the recipient of a 1978 National Headliners Award for his "consistently outstanding special features columns" appearing in Newsweek. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Ron Nehring

Ron Nehring is the conservative Republican candidate for Lt. Governor supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the National Rifle Association, the conservative California Republican Assembly, the California Young Republican Federation, and the Republican Party in dozens of counties including Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Merced, Contra Costa, Sacramento and many more. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks. He has been with the organization for over 15 years. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected national public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.

Newsweek has called Kibbe “one of the masterminds” of Tea Party politics, expertise which has led to frequent appearances on national news shows including FOX News, NBC, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, PBS, and CSPAN. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Congressman John Carter

U.S. Representative John R. Carter was re-elected in a landslide in November 2012 to his sixth term representing Texas' Thirty-First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Carter was selected this term as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations and also to serve on the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee and Defense Subcommittee. In addition, this is his third term as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. He has been a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2004.

Since his first election in 2002, Congressman Carter has established himself as a leader in Congress who has the foresight and courage to author and support numerous pieces of legislation that would increase the protection of U.S. citizens and bring justice to those who threaten our freedom and way of life. Read more »

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Gordy Bunch

As a decorated veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Richard “Gordy” Bunch is the only candidate in the Senate SD-4 Special Election race who has actually protected our sovereign soil and borders. In four years of active duty, he participated on missions to intercept drug smugglers and human traffickers before their cargo could reach American shores. Gordy was rated as an expert marksman and is proud to be a lifetime NRA member. He received the Coast Guard’s Achievement Medal for restructuring the service’s purchasing and inventory systems, saving precious taxpayer dollars.

“Our Policy is Caring” comes straight from the heart of this 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year nominee. It is Gordy’s personal promise to clients of The Woodlands Financial Group which he founded with $10,000 in 2001. TWFG is currently represented in Texas Senate District 4 with close to 200 offices and affiliated agencies, 1,000 related jobs, and 35,000 clients. Read more »

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