Ed. Note: One of our own, Steve Baysinger, a San Antonio Tea Party Board member, was selected for Lt Gov Dan Patrick's Grassroots Citizens Advisory Board. Steve joins Conservative activists from around Texas on this important committee and will represent us well. Republished from Houston Chronicle, January 26, 2015, by Patrick Svitek.
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday named 20 conservative activists to a panel that will regularly meet with him as he crafts public policy.
Patrick, a former Republican state senator from Houston, is presenting the panel as an extension of the like-minded committee he consulted as founder and chairman of the Tea Party Caucus in the upper chamber. Its formation comes weeks after Patrick announced the creation of six other advisory boards made up of business leaders, many of whom gave generously to his campaign.
The latest panel, titled the Grassroots Advisory Board, includes a who’s who of conservative organizers from across the state, including JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America, and Katrina Pierson, spokeswoman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund. Also among its members are representatives from some of the most active county-level tea-party groups in the state, such as Julie McCarty of the NE Tarrant Tea Party and Robin Lennon of the Kingwood TEA Party.
“Governor Patrick has a reputation for valuing folks outside the capitol complex who ask tough questions and bring common sense solutions to the table,” Fleming, the chair of the board, said in a news release.
Fleming told the Chronicle the Grassroots Advisory Board’s focus will be narrower than that of the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, mainly so that its members can “concentrate on the complex issues of border security, education reform, and tax relief.” — Patrick’s top three priorities. The Grassroots Advisory Board is also prepared to recommend topics of interim studies on reforming state government, Fleming said.
As for the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, its new leadership is still taking shape, Fleming said. Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, is expected to chair the panel, while Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, is a likely vice chair.
Patrick, who took office last week, has acted quickly to expand conservative influence in the Legislature, leading the charge against the two-thirds rule and appointing fewer Democrats to committee chairmanships than his predecessor did.
Patrick’s full Grassroots Advisory Board:
- JoAnn Fleming of Flint (chair)
- Bill Hussey of Llano
- Chuck Molyneaux of Allen
- Connie Curry of Lubbock
- Dean Wright of Austin
- Debbie Georgatos of Dallas
- Derek Baker of McKinney
- Jim Lennon of Kingwood
- Julie McCarty of Grapevine
- Julie Turner of The Woodlands
- Katrina Pierson of Garland
- Ken Emanuelson of Dallas
- Larry Youngblood of Hilltop Lakes
- Michael Openshaw of Plano
- Robin Lennon of Kingwood
- Sharon Hall of New Braunfels
- Steve Baysinger of San Antonio
- Ted Hart of Frisco
- Tom Fabry of Frisco
- Toni Fabry of Frisco
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