May Meeting – Health Care Policy and Politics

Freddy WarnerAs health care policy concerns continue to dominate the political landscape, you won’t want to miss Frederic “Freddy” Warner, Jr. at Village Republican Women’s general meeting on Wednesday, May 22.  Mr. Warner is a sought after and well-respected expert in health care policy and health care politics at all levels of government.  Health care issues will continue to grab headlines and be topics of political commercials, and you will be better prepared after hearing from Mr. Warner to discuss health care policy and politics with your neighbors and friends as we enter into the 2020 election cycle.

Freddy Warner joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 2008, and serves the system as Chief Government Relations Officer, responsible for federal, state and local advocacy.

Before coming to Memorial Hermann, he spent more than twenty years as a government relations, regulatory and business development consultant, working in a variety of legislative, campaign and regulatory capacities in more than 20 US states and in Washington, DC, with particular emphasis on the State of Texas; and for 3 years was Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the largest building materials company in the US. 

Over the course of his career, he has represented numerous clients before federal, state and local elective bodies and regulatory entities, managed greenfield development projects, developed strategic plans, and created community investment and media campaigns for his clients.

He previously served in senior campaign and legislative capacities for a member of the Texas Congressional Delegation, a Texas State Senator, and for the Texas Lieutenant Governor.

He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

April Meeting – Redistricting

Former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are galvanizing liberals around redistricting.  They are focusing on redistricting efforts as a way to get more movement on the New Green Deal, gun control, Obamacare, and other progressive initiatives.  They intend to move state legislatures and House districts to elect members who are more in line with their political views.  Adam Kincaid and Dale Oldham are leading the national charge to stop them.  You won’t want to miss Village Republican Women’s April 24th general meeting for an update from Mr. Kincaid and Mr. Oldham.

Adam KincaidAdam Kincaid is the Executive Director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT) and Fair Lines America.  During his career in conservative politics he has worked with committees, campaigns, and state parties across all 50 states at the federal, state, and local levels.  Prior to coming to NRRT, Adam worked as the Special Projects Director at the Republican National Committee; as the Redistricting Coordinator, Southeastern Political Director, and National Data Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Deputy Political Director and Director of Policy and Research for the Republican Governors Association.  His first job in politics was as the Voter Programs Director for the Georgia Republican Party.


Dale OldhamDale Oldham is a legal adviser to NRRT and is currently the Redistricting Counsel for the Republican National Committee, as he was for the 2000 redistricting cycle.  Dale was Associate Counsel during the 1990 redistricting cycle.  Mr. Oldham was Counsel to FEC Commissioner Don McGahn and was the former Counsel for the Congressionally appointed Members of the Census Monitoring Board.  He has been involved in nearly all of the critical redistricting cases of the last three redistricting cycles.  Mr. Oldham has spoken at numerous seminars and symposiums on redistricting, the census, free speech, campaign finance and election law, and school choice issues.



~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

British Luncheon & Fashion Show

VRW thanks all our supporters for making this event a huge success.

Support our 2019/2020 Republican candidates and The Children’s Assessment Center by sponsoring, attending or contributing to the VRW April 2019 British Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser.

The CAC provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families – a place where they can receive the kind of care and treatment they so richly deserve.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

March Meeting – Besa Martin

Elizabeth "Besa" Martin

Can The Electoral College Be Abolished Without a Constitutional Amendment?

YES – States with 63% of the Electoral Votes Have Already Voted in Favor of National Popular Vote.

Join Village Republican Women at our March 27th meeting to hear Elizabeth “Besa” Martin discuss this critical issue. Besa is an attorney and owner of E.R. Martin L.L.C. with a focus on legal representation and strategic consulting for clients in various areas including oil and gas business, real estate, business operations and estate planning. Her legal experience includes work at Bexar County, Texas, the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals and internship at the United States Fifth Circuit of Appeals.

Over the past years, she has served Kendall County Republican Women as Legislative Chair, Bylaws Chair, Vice President, and President; Kendall County Republican Party as Rules Chair, Convention Secretary, State Convention Alternate and Delegate; Texas Federation of Republican Women as Candidate Development Chair, V.P. Legislation. V.P. Programs, and Greater San Antonio Council President; National Federation of Republican Women, Asst. Chair Campaign Activities, Chair Election Integrity.

While working under the inspiring leadership of Chair Carolyn Hodges, the NFRW Campaign Activities Committee targeted national Senate races in 2014 and celebrated the return of the U.S. Senate to Republican leadership in January 2015. During the 2010 Election cycle, Besa lead the TFRW “10 in 2010” project to elect more Republicans to the Texas House. Through the wide spread work of TFRW members, the Republican majority moved from 76 to a super majority of 101.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, she enjoys golfing and hunting with her husband as well as dancing. The Martins are passing on their love of this Texas lifestyle to their children.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

February Meeting – Judge Ted Poe

Congressman Ted PoeA Congressman, A Judge, A Pioneer in his Own Time

Please join Village Republican Women on Wednesday, February 27 as we welcome former United States Congressman, Judge Ted Poe.

Poe most recently spent the last 14 years advocating for Texas’ 2nd District in United States Congress. He created the first Victims’ Rights Caucus to advocate for victims of crime and was instrumental in passing legislation that protects our communities and restores victims including the Adam Walsh Child Predator Act, the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, the SAFER Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.  Poe proudly served on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees and as Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee.

Before leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Poe was well-known for his innovative punishments – dubbed “Poetic Justice” — that included ordering thieves to carry signs in public places proclaiming their crimes, requiring abusive spouses to publicly apologize on the courthouse steps, sentencing offenders to clean the Houston Police Department horse stables, and ordering murderers to place a photo of their victims on their prison cell wall.  Poe believes that individuals convicted of crime are served best by a sentence that teaches the consequences of their actions. 

At 32, he was one of the youngest judges ever appointed in Texas.  When re-elected, Poe was one of the first Republicans elected to a Texas judicial bench since Reconstruction.  He spent over 20 years in the Harris County courthouse, moving more than 20,000 felony criminal cases.

Judge Poe is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and the University of Houston Law Center.  He enlisted in the Air Force and also taught at the University of Houston.  In his retirement, Poe looks forward to spending time with his wife Carol, his four children and their spouses, and his 13 grandchildren.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

January Meeting – Alan Vera & Kevin Shuvalov

Mark Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the Houston Racquet Club on your calendar!  You won’t want to miss this analytical overview of the 2018 election cycle. 

All politics is local, and Village Republican Women is pleased to welcome election integrity expert, Alan Vera, and well-respected campaign consultant, Kevin Shuvalov, to give overviews of the local political landscape from their perspectives, followed by a discussion where they will be joined by Village’s very own, Kathaleen Wall, Chair of the Election Integrity Working Group for Republican Party of Texas.

Kevin ShuvalovKevin Shuvalov has over two decades of experience in campaign strategy, public affairs, issue advocacy, and fundraising.  In 2014, Kevin opened MMG’s Houston office.  MMG is a full-service political consulting and public affairs firm with political and corporate networks in every state in the country.  He quickly established MMG as one of the go-to public affairs and political strategy firms in the Houston metropolitan area.  MMG and Kevin advise a number of influential pro-business organizations in local, state, and federal politics.  Kevin has been an integral part of five presidential campaigns, numerous national conservative issue advocacy groups, and non-profit organizations.  He has helped guide many Republican candidates to victory all across the country.

Alan VeraAlan Vera has been President & CEO of The Quest Business Agency, Inc. since 1984.  In 2001, he was named “Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association.  He has served as the Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party Ballot Security Committee since June of 2014.

 In 2017, he was named “Volunteer of the Year for SD 7” by the State Republican Executive Committee for his work on election integrity.  This year he was selected to serve on the SREC Election Integrity Committee. The SREC and the RPT staff soon replaced their election worker training materials and curriculum with those developed by Alan for the HCRP Ballot Security Committee.  Alan was one of the original founders of True the Vote and served as the Director of Training and Curriculum for 4 years.  For his service he was honored with the True the Vote Bayonet Award in 2012.  On December 1 of this past year Alan and his wife, Colleen, were honored by Empower Texans with the Conservative Leader award.  Alan served as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger from 1970 through 1974, receiving numerous individual awards and unit citations.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

November Meeting – Debra Coffey – Honoring Veterans

Debra CoffeyPlease join Village Republican Women for a very special Veteran’s Day tribute, “An American Hero is Home at Last.” Debra Coffey, long-time Texas Republican treasure, will share the compelling story of her 50-year journey to give her father, Captain Robert Russell “Bear” Barnett, USAF, an American Hero, a coming home and proper burial after he was killed in 1966 during the Vietnam War. You will not want to miss her story.

Debra has served on the TFRW Board since 2006 in numerous positions and is currently serving as Patron Co-Chair. Prior to this position, she served as First Vice President, for four years. She often participates in Republican Leadership events, as a facilitator, presenter and event organizer encouraging Republican women to run for office.

She is a member of numerous Republican Women clubs in the DFW area, where she has served in many positions.

Debra Coffey has worked as a dedicated volunteer in Texas Republican politics for over 20 years. She has chaired precinct conventions and served as a delegate to Republican county and state conventions.

She has worked and assisted with numerous local, state and national campaigns, walking neighborhoods, writing letters, donating money, making phone calls, as well as hosting numerous events and candidates in her home.

In December 2016, Debra represented Congressional District 12 as an Elector, for President Trump and Vice-President Pence.

Debra lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, married to Retired Republican Judge Daryl Coffey, who served on the bench for 24 years.; now serving in the Texas State Guard in the Judge Advocate General Corps. They have two grown children.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

October Meeting – Don Carlson

Don CarlsonDon Carlson, whose wide range of legislative, international and political experience spans a 34-year Capitol Hill career. At the October meeting, he’ll be sharing with us his unique perspective on the current election cycle and goings on in Washington, D.C.

For 30 years, he worked for Congressman Bill Archer, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, representing Houston’s 7th Congressional District.  Mr. Carlson served as his Chief of Staff from 1988 to 2001. He was the Chairman’s prime liaison with the Members and staff of the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation. 

Prior to assuming that position, he was Chairman Archer’s Legislative Director, with responsibility for all of his legislative/Committee work.  His areas of concentration included taxation, trade, Social Security and budget matters.  In addition, he was Chairman Archer’s chief political advisor and liaison to Republican Party groups at the local, state and national levels.

He currently serves as Managing Director in the Washington National Tax Service office of PwC providing strategic advice as well as legislative, executive branch and regulatory representation for domestic and international clients of PricewaterhouseCoopers on a broad spectrum of issues including tax, international trade, Social Security, budget and appropriations.

Mr. Carlson also serves on the boards of several non-profits.  He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Archer Center, the Washington D.C. campus of the University of Texas.  He is Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Mr. Carlson earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the School of International Service at the American University, Washington, D.C. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

September Meeting – Sen. Paul Bettencourt

Paul BettencourtCome hear Sen. Paul Bettencourt show us statistics on exactly how we are voting in recent elections, who is voting for whom, and where do we need to concentrate our efforts on GOTV for the upcoming Midterm Elections.

First elected to the Senate in 2014, Paul Bettencourt represents Senate District 7, which includes portions of Harris County. He previously served 10 years as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, where he introduced “Smart Government” at the Harris County Tax Office and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major online property tax payment system and the first county tax office website with online automotive registration in Texas. (His motto was “Get on-line, not in-line.”)

In his first legislative session, Senator Bettencourt served as the chief Senate sponsor on 25 bills that the Legislature approved, including his amendment to SB 1760 that requires a 60% supermajority within a taxing jurisdiction to increase property taxes and has already prevented Dallas ISD from imposing a $100 million tax increase on its taxpayers. Senator Bettencourt also led the passage of the Andrea Sloan “Right to Try” bill, which allows terminally ill Texas patients access to drugs still in the FDA approval pipeline, and SB 1004, which expanded dual credit opportunities in Harris County.  He built upon this success in the most recent legislative session by passing legislation to stamp out inappropriate student-educator relationships and he reached across the aisle to establish ISD and Charter School Partnerships to give Texas students better access to educational opportunities. Additionally, he worked to pass HB 810, which gets government out of the way and allows adult stem cell treatments to be used for patients facing severe chronic illnesses.

The senator and his wife Susan are active members of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, where Paul is a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

August Chat – Mattress Mack – Harvey One Year Later

Mattress Mack

We are having a special Social lunch CHAT and you’re invited to come CHAT with your friends over lunch and enjoy hearing “Mattress Mack” talk about the last year, where we are now, and where we are going in Houston.  Our representative, Jim Murphy, will make a special introduction.   So, come spend your lunch time with us and leave ready to take on the Democrats!

In 1981, Mack and his wife Linda started Gallery Furniture with five thousand dollars and a dream. Mack began television advertising early on and with his motto of “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”, he quickly became a household name.  Gallery furniture has expanded to 3 locations in Houston.

Mack’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by the commitment he has to his family. He has given to numerous charities and is the Houston Livestock Rodeo’s largest contributor. Gallery furniture made a memorable mark in Houston after Hurricane Harvey when he offered shelter in his stores for volunteers and cleaning supplies for the flood victims. He was recognized by President Trump for his generosity to the community.

State Representative Jim Murphy  represents HD-133 in west Houston. Murphy was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus.

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