Voice of the Conservative Vote: Geanie Morrison
by TexasGOPVote on January 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM
State Representative Geanie W. Morrison, R-District 30, is currently serving her seventh term in the Texas Legislature. The south Texas district includes DeWitt, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio, and Victoria counties.
For the 81st Legislative Session, Representative Morrison was appointed to the House Committee on Appropriations and vice-chair of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Education and Stimulus. Representative Morrison served as the chair of the House Committee on Higher Education for the 78th, 79th and 80th Legislative Sessions. She serves as the co-chair of the National Council of State Legislatures - Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education and as a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States. Rep. Morrison was selected to co-chair the Education Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures, serving as a representative for higher education. She was also asked to serve on the National Summit steering committee for the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. In the fall of 2007, Representative Morrison was named vice chair of the National Council of State Legislatures Standing Committees for 2007-2008 and was appointed by the Governor to the Southern Regional Education Board. Most recently, Representative Morrison was named to the Commitment to Excellence Steering Committee of the Texas Education Reform Foundation.
During her service on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee, Representative Morrison authored the Country's first Baby Moses legislation, which provides desperate mothers a responsible alternative to newborn abandonment. Since its passage in 1999, all 50 states have implemented similar measures, and hundreds of newborns have been saved nationwide ? over 60 in the state of Texas.
In the fall of 2006, Representative Morrison was recognized by the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as Legislator of the Year and received the Texas Higher Education Leadership Star Award. In addition, Representative Morrison has been recognized for her commitment to education with the Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Texas Regional Collaboratives, received the Educational Testing Services Legislative Excellence in Education Award, the Texas Community College Teachers Association Legislator of the Year Award, and has been recognized as one of South Texas' Women of the Year. On November 18, 2008, Representative Morrison was named Boy Scouts of America South Texas Council's Distinguished Citizen of the Year.
"Hispanic values are exactly Republican values. They're family, they're education, and wanting to make sure that their children do well. So I think what the Republicans basically believe in are the same values that Hispanics believe in." - Geanie Morrison
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