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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May Meeting – Cindy Ashe RPT Chair Candidate

Cindy AsheCindy Asche, candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, will be joining Village Republican Women at our next general meeting on May 23rd for a conversation about the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) and her vision for it.

A 5th generation Texan, Cindy Crocker Asche was born in Waco and raised in Austin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Baylor University in 1983 and graduated with a BSN in Nursing from the University of Texas in 1986 after putting herself through school by working in the Emergency Room at St. David’s Hospital.

Since 1986, Cindy has served in a variety of ER and Trauma roles from assistant head nurse, trauma case manager, injury prevention coordinator, ER unit manager, and ultimately ER manager. Through these positions, she managed a 50+ member staff, administered multi-million dollar budgets, and developed best-practices to ensure optimal efficiency in the office.

Cindy actively worked alongside her father, Bill Crocker, during his tenure as RNC National Committeeman for Texas, before she served as a State Convention delegate, Grassroots Club member, and Precinct Chair in Denton County. In 2016, she served as the Dallas-Area Captain for the Mighty Texas Strike Force—a movement credited by many as playing a vital role in the election of President Donald Trump.

She is the current president of the Republican Women of Greater North Texas, Chaplain for Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW), and a current member of the RPT Candidate Resource Committee (CRC). Additional information about Cindy can be found on her website at www.cindyasche.com.

RPT Chairman James Dickey was also invited to join us for this conversation but unfortunately had a scheduling conflict. For more information about Chairman Dickey, his website is https://jamesrdickey.com.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

April Meeting – Mental Health and our Criminal Justice System

Rep James WhitePlease join Village Republican Women at our April 25th meeting to hear Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee Chairman, State Representative James White (HD-19), speak about “Mental Health and our Criminal Justice System.”

First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, Chairman White also sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs and Opioid & Substance Abuse committees. He previously served on the County Affairs, Agriculture and Livestock, Human Trafficking, Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement, Transportation Planning, and Mental Health committees.

A native Houstonian, Chairman White attended Houston ISD public schools, graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University and completed his doctorate in political science at the University of Houston.

As a commissioned United States Army Infantry officer, his service included an assignment with the Berlin Brigade from 1987-90 during the demise of the Soviet Union. After leaving the Army with an Honorable Discharge in 1992, Rep. White began a career as a public school educator.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

March Meeting – Importance of Republican Women

Join Village Republican Women at our annual membership meeting on March 28. Both State Representative Jim Murphy and former State Representative Patricia Harless will speak about the importance of Republican women, why joining Village Republican Women is important, and how hard the Democrats are fighting to turn Texas blue.

patricia harlessThe Honorable Patricia Harless is a fourth generation Texan and native Houstonian with deep roots in the community as a small business and civic leader. In 2006, Patricia was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (HD-126) and served five terms, retiring in January 2017. She served on the Transportation, Calendar, State Affairs, and Licensing committees, as well as the chair of Environmental Regulations Committee. Harless served as a board member of the Texas Motor Vehicle Board (1998-2005), being appointed by both Governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry.

Jim MurphyState Representative Jim Murphy was raised in and represents HD-133 in west Houston. Along with Representative Harless, 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. He has been recognized for his work by numerous pro-business and pro-taxpayer groups as an effective advocate for reducing burdensome regulations and improving workforce development programs.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

February Meeting – Looking Past the March Primaries

judge ed emmettWe have the pleasure of welcoming Judge Ed Emmett as our guest speaker at the February General meeting. He will discuss the election year. with a speech entitled, Looking Past the March Primaries, Onward to November.

Judge Emmett is the Director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.

Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.

A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

January Meeting – The RNC and the Trump Presidency

Dr. Robin ArmstrongRobin Armstrong was elected as the National Committeeman from Texas in June of 2012.  He is a politician and physician who served as vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006-2010.  Dr. Armstrong has a B.S. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He did his residency in internal medicine and is on the staff of the  Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, TX.

Dr. Armstrong has been active in both politics and his community. He has traveled on missionary journeys to Africa and Nicaragua and worked in inner city and youth ministries in addition to leading a men’s Bible study group. His activities in grassroots Republican politics include serving as a city chair, an election judge, a precinct chair, a poll watcher, a convention delegate, a Senatorial District Convention chairman, the State Republican Executive committeeman for Texas Senate District 11 and most recently, the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

Dr. Armstrong and his wife Martha, who is also a medical doctor, have four sons, Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua and Noah.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

November Meeting – Revitalizing the Houston GOP in the Wake of Harvey

Leslie May

Leslie May has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has worked for a variety of major chemical companies.  She is also an election judge, forensic chemist, technical editor, veteran of the Boston Marathon and Special Assistant to Harris County GOP Chairman Simpson.  Leslie will speak about “Revitalizing the Houston GOP in the Wake of Harvey.”

The November Meeting will focus on celebrating our veterans.  Please bring a framed photo of a veteran you wish to honor as a centerpiece for the table.  We will present checks to Kelly Raley, Executive Director of Helping a Hero and Mea Williams, President/CEO of Grace After Fire. They will each spend 10 minutes to tell us about their organization and its impact on veterans.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

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