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: Cindy Burkett

Cindy Burkett was first elected in 2010 to represent House District 101 in the Texas House of Representatives. House District 101 consisted of Balch Springs, Mesquite, and Sunnyvale. After redistricting in 2011, Cindy Burkett was elected for a second term, this time representing House District 113. Currently, Representative Burkett is serving her fourth term in the House, representing parts of Balch Springs, Combine, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett, Seagoville, and all of Sunnyvale.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Roger Williams

In the United States Congress, Roger Williams represents the 25th congressional district of Texas which stretches from Tarrant County in the north to Hays County in the south and includes much of the Texas Hill Country and Austin.

Williams attended Texas Christian University where he made All-Southwest Conference for baseball and was named to TCU’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Dr. Thomas J. Parr

Dr. Thomas J. Parr's story should be taught and known. This man reflects what is good and right about our country.

In 1967, Thomas Parr graduated from the United States Military Academy. While studying and training at West Point, he completed Ranger School. This earned him the coveted Ranger Tab. After graduation, he served in two tours to Germany and Vietnam. In Germany, he commanded an Armored Cavalry Troop during the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia. In Vietnam, he served as Commander of a Mechanized Infantry Company. The training he endured in Ranger School provided him with the tools to soldier as a combat leader.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Ted Dooley

Ted Dooley is serving as National Co-Chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Ted, originally from Holliston, Massachusetts, is a graduate from Boston College. Before attending BC, Ted was a student at George Washington University where he was a leader in the school’s College Republican chapter.

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.

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.

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.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Christina Beattie

Christina Beattie is one of Young Americans for Freedom’s (YAF) top leaders. She has stood up against liberal administrators who have intimidated her and threatened to kick her off campus. Campus police watch over her like a hawk when she tables for YAF,and even fellow students say the ideas she is promoting has no place on“their” campus! Christina Beattie thinks otherwise. This is why she and other YAFers have filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach State College (PBSC) for violating, not only her constitutional rights, but the right of all her fellow students. Click here to start a YAF chapter at your school!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.



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