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: Lois Kolkhorst

Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 13, which includes Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington Counties, and spans over five-thousand square miles of rural Texas from the Brazos Valley to the Coastal Plains.

As Chair of the House Committee on Public Health, she oversees the state's health care system and sets priorities for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She is also a member of the House Committee on County Affairs, where she helps solve challenges facing the state's 254 counties.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Travis Clardy

Travis Clardy is State Representative for Texas House District 11. Travis Clardy is a small business owner and attorney who get results for our community. Travis and his wife, Judy, raised four sons in East Texas. He knows the challenges facing his district and will work for families, businesses and schools.

Travis has served on the Executive Board of the East Texas Boy Scouts, is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Nacogdoches Rotary Club, is a sponsor of the Heartbeat Pregnancy Center, is an active member of the North Street Church of Christ, participates on the Alumni Advisory Board for Abilene Christian University, and is a member of the Dean's Circle for the SFASU College of Fine Arts.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan is the Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation, the only official Republican Party of Texas auxiliary with a primary focus on the 18-40 age demographic. He also serves as Technology Director for the Dallas County Republican Party and occasionally as a guest blogger for TexasGOPVote.

In addition to his political involvement, Richard is a software engineer specialized in creating interactive web applications using today’s cutting edge JavaScript frameworks including AngularJS, BackboneJS, and ExtJS. As a Zend Certified Engineer with over a decade of backend experience, he brings a full-stack perspective to his role as a front-end engineer. He has consulted for some of the top brands in the county, including two major cloud computing providers and a cloud virtualization provider as well as the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer and the Romney-Ryan 2012 Presidential Campaign.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Carolyn Hodges

Carolyn Hodges is currently the President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and a member of the National Federation of Republican Women Board of Directors. In 2012, she was elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL and later served as an At-Large Presidential Elector at the meeting of the Texas Electoral College in December, 2012.

Carolyn is a past President of the Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women. She is a member of Village Republican Women where she has served as president. Carolyn was selected as one of “10 Outstanding” Republican Women in Texas at the 2009 TFRW Convention in Galveston.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all tax increases. In the 113th Congress, 219 House members and 39 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 14 governors and 1,035 state legislators have taken the pledge.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Mark Dannels

On November 6th, 2012, Mark J. Dannels was elected by the citizens of Cochise County to serve as their 26th Sheriff.

Sheriff Mark J. Dannels is a 29 year veteran of law enforcement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aspen University and is a Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University. He has over 3000 hours of law enforcement training in his portfolio. He attended Disney’s Leadership and Executive Training programs and is a graduate of the Rural Executive Management Institute. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 after serving a successful tour in the U.S. Army. He progressed through the ranks with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to the position of Deputy Commander after working numerous specialty assignments and leadership roles.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Sharyl Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson is a Washington-based CBS News Investigative Correspondent.

In September 2012, Attkisson won an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the "Gunwalker: Fast and Furious" story. In June 2012, Attkisson received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story. Attkisson also received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for "Outstanding Investigative Reporting of a Business News Story" for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for "Outstanding Investigative Journalism" for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Brian Terry

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed near Rio Rico, Arizona, while attempting to apprehend a group of armed subjects. The suspects had been preying on illegal immigrants with the intent to rob them.

Agent Terry and several other agents were attempting to arrest the group when shots were exchanged between the suspects and agents. Agent Terry was struck in the pelvis by a round fired by a suspect armed with an AK-47.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Harvey Hildebran

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2010 to serve the people of District 53.

In 2011, he was appointed chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals will all legislation relating to the state’s tax code. As chairman of the committee, he authored and passed legislation that will generate over $294 million for the state without raising taxes. The chairman also sits on the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Budget Board, the latter of which prepares the draft appropriations bill and budget estimates for each state agency.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Barry Smitherman

Barry Smitherman is a candidate for Attorney General of Texas. Barry Smitherman is a proven leader with strong conservative values that stands up to the federal government to defend Texans and the Texas Constitution. He has substantial experience in both the private and public sectors. As Texas Attorney General, Barry will use his conservative values and experiences to enforce our laws and secure our border. He is a passionate fighter for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Robert Nichols

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Robert Nichols represents 16 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

Nichols serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and sits on the Health and Human Services Committee, Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Natural Resources Committee and the State Affairs Committee. He also serves as vice-chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Donna Saa

Donna Saa is the Social and Outreach Director of the Houston Young Republicans, which focuses on growing the Republican Party in Houston through the 21-40 year old demographic. Donna also serves as the Event Coordinator for the Harris County Republican Party Outreach Committee, which focuses on engaging community participation.

Donna serves on the board of the Texas Young Republicans Federation as the South Regional Director and works as a Special Events Coordinator and Fundraiser for various campaigns and conservative organizations, such as Armed Citizen Project.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Mark C. Brown

Mark C. Brown is Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation, which seeks to grow the Republican Party within the crucial under 40 demographic, focusing particularly among 22 – 35 year olds. As Chairman, Mark provides strategic leadership for a statewide organization of 15 federated clubs to provide political education, develop new leaders, and lead members in political activism. Mark is the owner of Red Door Management, Inc, a property management firm focusing on small apartments and rental homes and has previously served on the zoning board of adjustments in San Marcos, TX. Mark earned a Masters Degree in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, after completing field research and writing a thesis on Iquito, a nearly extinct language spoken in the Peruvian Amazon. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classics from Baylor University.

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. In 2012, Cindy Burkett was elected for a second term, representing House District 113. Currently, Representative Burkett now represents parts of Seagoville, Rowlett, Balch Springs, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, and Garland.

During her first term, she was selected to serve on the Criminal Jurisprudence and Elections Committees. The House Speaker also appointed Rep. Burkett to the Energy Council. As a member of the Energy Council, Rep. Burkett works to facilitate the development of national energy policies among the Southwestern states. During the interim, Rep. Burkett was appointed to a special joint committee to investigate human trafficking.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Daniel McCool

Born in 1962, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCool and his 4 siblings were abandoned by their mother on his first birthday, and they spent the next almost three years living in an orphanage- as it was near to impossible for a single father to take care of five children on his own back in the early 1960's. However, his father remarried (which then added four more children to the mix – for a total of 9 children) and they moved from Oklahoma to Texas. His father believed Texas was a place that a person who was willing to work hard could succeed.

Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: Rene Diaz

Former District Judge Rene Diaz is a national speaker for WallBuilders, a pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our religious, moral, and constitutional heritage. WallBuilders has been nationally recognized for its work in education, history, law, and public policy, integrating the elements of Biblical faith and morality throughout all aspects of American life and culture.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Luke Bowen

Luke Bowen is a native Texan who, after spending his childhood in Ecuador, his high-school years in Alaska, and his college years in Chicago is glad to be back in his home state, where he currently is the Research Administrator at the Texas Patriots PAC, a tea party group based in The Woodlands.

Luke received his B.A. in Political Science along with a minor in English in 2011 from Wheaton College (IL) - a private, Christian liberal arts school outside of Chicago. While in college he completed an internship with the office of Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska, and was heavily involved in the college newspaper, the Wheaton Record, serving as the Photo Editor and a news writer for all four years, and winning multiple statewide awards from the Illinois College Press Association. He was also a founding member of the campus organization Wheaton Students for Free Markets and Free Minds, which later became Wheaton Students for Liberty.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Mark Ramsey

Mark S. Ramsey is a registered professional engineer with over 30 years of multi-disciplined research and drilling operations engineering experience, primarily in the oil and gas drilling industry. He was a founding member of the Technical Advisory Board of Cabot Specialty Fluids. He has chaired technical sessions for the SPE, IADC, and OTC. He has served on the SPE drilling editorial review committee, on the Drilling Technical Advisory Group of the Gas Research Institute, and represents clients at meetings of the DEA and the DEA-Europe. He chaired the Horizontal and Directional Drilling subcommittee of the AADE in Houston. He was an invited guest speaker of the Japan National Oil Corporation at their International Symposium on Horizontal Drilling.

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Roy Huntington

A life-long hunter and shooter, Roy Huntington retired from the San Diego Police Department in 1998, after growing a second career as a free-lance writer, focusing on firearms and police topics. His intimate knowledge of the firearms industry allowed him the freedom to move right into the outdoor industry after retirement, first as a sales and marketing manager, then editor of POLICE Magazine, and ultimately editor of FMG Corporation's American Handgunner Magazine. Roy is now the Publisher of FMG's consumer magazines, founded American COP magazine for FMG, and remains very active in the industry. He is careful to stay in close touch with his readers to keep a finger on the pulse of what concerns them. He lives and works with his wife, Suzi — also a retired police officer — on acreage in Missouri

Voice of the Conservative Vote: Kelly Horsley

Kelly Horsley is a native Houstonian, a wife and stay at home mom to three boys, which she home schools. She firmly believes in the vision that our founding fathers had for our freedoms when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. She dove head first into politics when she saw that these documents were being ignored with the first of the bailouts in 2008 and the election of President Obama.

Kelly enjoys representing her precinct as precinct chairman, serving as election judge and clerk on election days, serving on several committees within the local party structure and connecting with other like-minded individuals within the Harris County Republican Party. Kelly has also had the privilege of working on numerous campaigns, one in which took her to Ohio to campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in the 2012 election cycle.

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