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The Texas Elected Officials are the ones that represent you at the state level. They work hard to ensure that Texas is an economic powerhouse and the citizens are able to retain their God given liberties. Get to know them and learn how to get involved.

Meet the other elected officials:

(512) 463-2000

Greg Abbott


Elected to serve as the 48th Governor of State of Texas, Greg Abbott has a strong record of conservative leadership as Texas’ longest-serving Attorney General.

A husband and father, Governor Abbott has spent his career fighting to preserve Texas values like faith, family and freedom for future generations. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Governor Abbott made protecting Texas communities the focus of his tenure as Texas’ longest-serving Attorney General.

(512) 463-0001

Dan Patrick

Lt. Governor

Dan Patrick was elected Lt. Governor of Texas in 2014, winning the general election by almost twenty points, including historic levels of support from Hispanic voters and women.

A principled and committed conservative, Lt. Gov. Patrick is leading the fight to secure the border, reduce property and business taxes, and address our state’s infrastructure challenges to assure that Texas continues to flourish economically.

As Education Chairman in the 83rd Legislative Session, Lt. Gov. Patrick passed some of the most far-reaching education reforms in decades, tackling the problems of failing public schools and giving parents more choices for their children.

Dan was twice elected to the Texas Senate from District 7 in Houston and Northwest Harris County. He is a successful small businessman and radio host and is a former television anchor, sportscaster, musician, Christian author and movie producer.

Dan is also involved in his community. He has raised over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio show and started the first seminary in a Texas prison to train long-serving inmates for the ministry.

Dan has been married to his wife Jan, a former schoolteacher, for 39 years. Their son Ryan is a Harris County Criminal Court District Judge in Houston. Their daughter Shane is a registered nurse. Dan is also the proud grandfather of three grandchildren.

Plano Office: (972) 398-9416
Austin Office: (512) 463-0108

Van Taylor

Texas State Senator, District 8

Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Elected in 2010 to the Texas House, Van distinguished himself as a conservative leader and was elected to the Texas Senate with overwhelming local support and backing of a strong coalition of conservative activists and community leaders.

As a Marine Officer and paratrooper, Captain Taylor volunteered for duty as a platoon commander with the Marine Corps’ C Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion. He deployed to Iraq where he fought with 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. Taylor led the first platoon into Iraq for his brigade and led a mission that rescued 31 wounded Marines during the pitched Battle of An Nasiriyah. For his service in Iraq, the Marine Corps awarded Captain Taylor the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor.

Throughout his tenure in the Texas Legislature, Taylor has consistently fought to limit the size and reach of government, rein in spending, lower taxes, protect the Rainy Day Fund, and stop the expansion of Obamacare in Texas. For his commitment to conservative principles, Taylor has earned the “Taxpayer Champion” award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the “Courageous Conservative” award from Texas Conservative Coalition, was named a “Top-Rated Conservative” by the Texas Eagle Forum, selected to the “Honor Roll” by the Young Conservatives of Texas, and received an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

Sherman Office: (903) 868-2347
Austin Office: (512) 463-0130

Craig Estes

Texas State Senator, District 30

Senator Estes has been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Southern States Biobased Alliance and to the Western States Water Council. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Estes to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council for State Governments, the Agriculture and Energy Committee for the National Conference for State Legislators and the Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council.

Senator Estes is a conservative man both personally and politically, and he is committed to promoting conservative principles in his role as a legislator. He serves on the Board of Directors of Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, and is co-chairman of the Economic Development Task Force. Senator Estes serves his community, having served on the Young Life Committee of Wichita Falls, the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls, the Wichita Falls Boys Camp, Girls Club, and the Wichita Falls Faith Mission. Senator Estes is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Senator Estes was born and raised in Wichita Falls and represents the fifth generation from the North Texas area.

Senator Estes is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner President Manager Program. He and his wife Jennifer have three adult children, Abby, Andrew, and Mark, and four grandchildren, John Holt Cunningham, Charles Estes Cunningham, Robert Owen Cunningham, and Caroline Noel Estes.

Rockwall Office: (972) 722-7887
Austin Office: (512) 463-0484
Frisco Office: (972) 987-1447

Scott Turner

Texas State Representative, District 33

Representative Scott Turner, a businessman, national motivational speaker and former NFL player, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2012. He represents House District 33 which encompasses all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County in North Texas.

A fourth generation Texan, growing up in Richardson, Rep. Turner attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in speech communications. In 1995, he began his 9-year professional football career as a defensive back when he was drafted by the Washington Redskins. He went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. During his stint in Washington, D.C., Rep. Turner spent a great deal of time alongside then-Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, Duncan Hunter, assisting with military affairs. After retiring from the NFL, Rep. Turner returned to the Dallas area to pursue his business career. He is now the Director of Business Development and Corporate Chaplain at Systemware, Inc.

Rep. Turner serves on several community boards including Presbyterian Hospital’s Presidents Leadership Council, Dallas Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors, Prestonwood Christian Academy Board of Trustees and GuideStone Financial Board of Directors. He is an active member of Prestonwood Baptist Church where he serves as a Bible fellowship class leader and occasional guest pastor.
Rep. Turner, his wife of 18 years, Robin, and nephew Solomon reside in Frisco.

Austin Office: (512) 463-0594

Matt Shaheen

Texas State Representative, District 66

Long active in community and civic affairs, Matt served as Chairman of the Plano Community Relations Committee and as a member of the Plano Transition and Revitalization Commission. He currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Colonial PGA Golf Tournament.

A native of Virginia, Matt received his Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College, where he received All Conference honors in football in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Matt also holds a Master’s degree from SMU.

Plano Office: (972) 424-1419
Austin Office: (512) 463-0544

Jeff Leach

Texas State Representative, District 67

State Representative Jeff Leach’s conservative convictions are deeply rooted.  Jeff is dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government and lowering taxes to create more economic freedom for individuals, families and businesses in Texas while at the same time being committed to meeting the essential demands of a rapidly growing state. During the 83rd Legislative Session, Jeff authored and championed a provision to limit the reckless expansion of the Texas Medicaid Program under Obamacare – a huge win for Texas taxpayers.  Additionally, Jeff successfully authored and passed legislation providing substantial tax relief for small businesses subject to the onerous franchise tax, encouraging job growth in Texas and broadening the state’s tax base.  Jeff worked passionately on criminal justice issues, passing legislation providing tougher penalties for sexual offenders threatening our neighborhoods.  Jeff also co-authored legislation designed to meet the water infrastructure demands for the future of Texas as well as co-authoring legislation reforming public education curriculum in Texas.

Unashamedly and passionately pro-life, Jeff believes that one of the fundamental roles of government should be to protect innocent life, which is why he took part in authoring and joint-authoring substantial pro-life legislation, including the “Pre-Born Pain”Act” and the “Texas Parental Control Accountability Act.”  Having been “A” rated by National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association, Jeff also authored and worked to pass laws designed to protect and promote the Second Amendment Freedoms of Texans.

Raised in Plano and a graduate of Plano Senior High School, Jeff attended Baylor University where he was elected to serve two terms as Student Body President.  During his time at Baylor, Jeff demonstrated his commitment to conservative values, serving President Bush in the White House Office of Political Affairs and the Republican National Committee.  Leach went on to earn his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and currently practices at the law firm of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. in Dallas.

Jeff and his wife Becky, a small business owner,  are proud parents of Brady (age 5) and Charlotte (age 3) and are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.

McKinney Office: (972) 548-7500
Austin Office: (512) 463-0356

Scott Sanford

Texas State Representative, District 70

Scott is a life-long Texan, and a Baylor Bear for about half of that time. He earned BBA and MTax degrees, and maintains a CPA license in the State of Texas. His career path includes positions at Ernst & Young, and ownership in two franchise endeavors. Scott has served Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, TX (formerly First Baptist Church in Fairview) since 1997 and is currently the Executive Pastor.

Scott was elected in 2012 to the Texas House of Representatives. He proudly serves District 70, which includes the cities of Anna, Celina, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton, and Prosper. In Austin, Scott serves on 2 committees, including the Urban Affairs Committee, and the Human Services Committee.

Scott married Shelly Parks in 1987. They live in McKinney, the heart of the 70th House District. Their son, Ryan, graduated from McKinney Boyd High School. He is a junior at Baylor. Lauren, their daughter, is a senior at McKinney Christian Academy. Scott enjoys fishing, but likes catching even better. He is a water and snow skiing enthusiast, but not at the same time.

Murphy Office: (972) 424-6810
Austin Office: (512) 463-0186

Jodie Laubenberg

Texas State Representative, District 89

Representative Laubenberg is serving her sixth term in the Texas House. She is currently a member of the Public Health Committee and the Financial and Investment Services Committee, both important to maintaining the state’s vibrant and growing economy. She has also served on Natural Resources, authoring and passing legislation to help secure water resources for North Texas.

Rep. Laubenberg has authored and passed numerous bills that have helped the state and her district, as well as addressing the needs of citizens. Most notably, during the 83rd Special Session, Jodie authored landmark pro-life legislation, HB2, “The Woman’s Health and Preborn Pain Act”.

Jodie is a sixth generation Texan, having family who settled in Texas in 1861. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Rep Laubenberg worked in the computer industry until choosing to become a stay-home mom thus devoting her time to family and community service. Jodie and her husband, Bob, live in Parker with their menagerie of dogs. They have two children, David, also a graduate of UT Austin, and Liz, a graduate of Mississippi College.

(214) 522-1610

Tincy Miller

State Board of Education – Place 12

Tincy returned as the Dist. 12 representative on the State Board of Education in Jan. 2013.  She previously served on the board from 1984 through 2010, including 4 years as Chair of the SBOE (2003-2007). During her time on the board, she served on the Committee on Instruction, including a stint as Committee Chair.  She is a former Vice Chair of the 15 member board.  At other times, she served on the Committee on Students and the Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She also served as the board’s representative to the Texas Growth Fund from 1988-1994 and in 1993 chaired the board’s Task Force on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Tincy is a graduate of the public schools in Dallas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Science in Reading specializing in Dyslexia from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Tincy is past president and served on the advisory board of L.I.F.T. (Literacy Instruction for Texas), a nonprofit organization providing literacy instruction to adults. She is the founding chair for the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign and is currently a member in Texas Cultural Trust’s Texas Women for the Arts Commission.

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