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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Joe Barton

Congressman Joe Barton is U.S. Representative of Congressional District 6. Congressman Barton was first elected to serve the Sixth District of Texas in 1984. In 2004, he was selected by his colleagues to be the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce – the oldest standing legislative House committee. Barton was the first Texan since former House Speaker Sam Rayburn to chair this important committee. The Energy & Commerce Committee has arguably the broadest non tax-oriented jurisdiction of any congressional committee, with principal House responsibility over matters relating to commerce, public health and marketplace interests. Barton is currently the senior Republican and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: John Baucum

John Baucum is President of the Houston Young Republicans. John recently married his beautiful wife Danielle and they are enjoying starting their life together. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Geography. John’s interest in geography began by traveling with his father across the United States. During his youth, John’s family hosted exchange students from Denmark, Brazil, Spain, and Germany.

Professionally, he works in Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems. As a GIS Support Analyst, John has an eye for detail and the creativity to solve problems. His work has also included consulting jobs at major energy companies in the Houston area. In his spare time, John enjoys collecting election data and doing spatial analysis on voting trends. Technology is a very powerful tool to build networks and spread information. GIS helps to identify areas for targeting and identifying new individuals that are ready to get involved as grassroots activists to change bad laws.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Michael McCaul

Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his fifth term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches from Austin to the Houston suburbs, and includes Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller Counties.

On January 3, 2013, the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. McCaul became Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Committee has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security ensuring it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Ted Poe

Ted Poe is the U.S. Representative of the Second District of Texas. As a 6th generation Texan, Congressman Ted Poe learned very early on the meaning of “God and Texas.” Born and raised in Texas, his grandmother instilled in him a love for Texas, faith, public service and conservative principles. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 to represent the Second Congressional District of Texas, Congressman Poe brings his no-nonsense style to Washington, DC. He is a leading voice for Texans standing up for conservative principles, reducing the size of the federal government and promoting constitutional and individual liberties.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Dean Clancy

Dean Clancy leads FreedomWorks' public policy team, which coordinates the organization's activities in the areas of public policy, government affairs, and political action. The team's mission is to arm liberty-minded citizens with useful information to help them promote limited government and hold government officials accountable. Among other things, the team conducts policy analysis and advocacy; tracks, analyzes, and key-votes legislation; researches candidates for office; advises FreedomWorks PAC; counsels lawmakers; supports and cultivates legislative entrepreneurs; maintains our state-of-the-art Congressional Scorecard; and bestows our Freedom Fighter Award on policymakers who consistently stand up for their principles in the cause of liberty.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Ryan Sitton

Ryan Sitton is a candidate for Texas Railroad Commissinoer. Ryan Sitton is a native Texan and a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his future wife, Jennifer. In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Since 2006, Pinnacle has experienced substantial growth, recently surpassing 300 employees. Inc. Magazine recognized Pinnacle in 2012 and 2013 as one of the top 1,500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the world. PinnacleAIS has also been part of the coveted Aggie 100 which celebrates and recognizes the fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses for three consecutive years.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Jerry Patterson

Jerry Patterson is a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

On November 15, 1946, Jerry Patterson was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Houston public schools and graduated from Jesse H. Jones High School in 1965.

In college at Texas A&M, Jerry lettered in swimming and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. As a history major, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree – Class of 1969. Upon graduation, Jerry was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Sid Miller

Sid Miller is a Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

A True Rural Texan
Sid Miller earns his living from the land raising crops, cattle, horses, and trees.

He is a former vocational agriculture teacher, and a world champion cowboy who just won his 9th world title. Sid served as the Chairman of the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee which oversees the Texas Department of Agriculture. Because of his extensive knowledge and work in agriculture, Miller was chosen to work directly with the Texas Agriculture Commissioner as a member of the Agriculture Policy Board.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Ron Nehring

Ron Nehring is a veteran conservative leader who served until just recently as the Chairman of the California Republican Party, responsible for the direction and management of the largest state Republican Party in the nation. The acuity and focus he brings to this role is the result of over twenty years of domestic and foreign policy and political experience serving public policy, political, non-profit, and government organizations.

Chris Wilson, CEO of Wilson Research Strategies, describes Ron as “a solid political strategist” and “one of the best state chairmen I have ever worked with.” Longtime Republican commentator Bill Saracino describes Ron has having “exactly the right mix of realism and an understanding of the importance of ideas and idealism in politics.” The Daily Caller’s Caroline May describes Ron’s leadership style as “behind much of his party’s enthusiasm” in the Golden State.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. He is an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, renowned expert on religious liberty, and a respected broadcaster.

Jay Sekulow is an attorney with a passion for protecting religious liberty - freedom - democracy. For nearly a quarter of a century, he's been on the front lines - working to protect religious and constitutional freedoms in the courts, in Congress, and in the public arena.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Maggie Cleary

Maggie is proud to be Chair of the DC Federation of College Republicans. Her commitment to College Republicans began her freshman year at Georgetown, and she served as the Chair of Georgetown College Republicans in 2012. As a senior, Maggie enjoys debating with the Ethics and Bioethics Debate Teams, as well as with the Philodemic Society. She is double majoring in American Studies, and Philosophy with a concentration in Bioethics. Other than politics, Maggie’s passions include running long distances and enjoying bad TV.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell, 23, is the Republican Representative for Georgia State House, District 20. Michael was named by the American Conservative Union as one of CPAC's 10 Conservatives Under 40.

Michael and his wife Katie were both raised in Cherokee County, Georgia. After having received his education from Cherokee County Public Schools, Michael earned his Business Finance degree from Kennesaw State University in less than three years. Michael remains involved in Cherokee County’s educational system by maintaining an active relationship with School Board members and attending nearly every School Board Meeting as he has done for the past few years.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Dennis Prager

Widely regarded as one of the most eloquent and powerful speakers of his generation, Dennis Prager has lectured in nearly every one of the 50 states and all seven continents.

Every week, Monday thru Friday, he hosts a widely popular and influential nationally syndicated radio talk show - the Dennis Prager Show - 9am to noon (Pacific). He can also be seen regularly on Larry King Live, Hannity and Colmes, Hardball, CBS Evening News, The Today Show, and other news shows commenting on current events.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Heather Pfitzenmaier

As director of the Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program, Heather Pfitzenmaier oversees The Heritage Foundation’s efforts to reach out and promote our mission to the next generation of Americans. These programs include a rigorous but welcoming internship program, campus outreach and events for young professionals.

Herself an alum of Heritage’s intern program, Pfitzenmaier joined Heritage in 2007. Previously, she was intern coordinator for the Young Leaders Program, running various components of Heritage’s premier internship experience. YLP is part of the think tank’s External Relations division.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Karin Agness

Karin Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), the nation’s premier organization for conservative university women.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she founded NeW after a summer internship with Senator Richard Lugar from Indiana. Karin has worked to grow NeW from a book club at one campus into a national organization with chapters at campuses nationwide. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, she practiced law at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC. In August 2013, she was named to the Republican National Committee’s Rising Stars program.



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