Platform

Our principles as outlined in the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Platform

We believe in:

 

  • Strict adherence to the Declaration of Independence and U.S. and Texas Constitutions.

  • Preserving American Freedom and Texas Sovereignty.

  • Limiting the expanse of Government Power.

  • The sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization tonatural death.

  • Personal Accountability and Responsibility.

  • Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.

  • Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of theirchildren.

  • Americans having the right to be safe in their homes, on their streets, and in their communities, and theunalienable right to defend themselves.

  • A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.

  • Restoring American sovereignty and leadership, and we honor all of those that serve and protect ourfreedom with peace through strength.

About FBCGOP

 
 

Leadership

Officers and Chairmen of the Fort Bend County Republican Party.

Party Officers

Mike Gibson

Party Chairman

Edee Sinclair

1st Vice Chair

Shirley Isbell

2nd Vice Chair

Jennifer Chiang

Secretary

Pat Baig

Treasurer

Cassandra Barringer

Assistant Treasurer

Himesh Gandhi

General Council

Dick Hudgins

Parliamenterian

Al Baker

Sgt at Arms

Committee Chairs

Communications

Danielle Settles

Todd Schuh

Finance

George Homes

Dale Gibble

Events

Cynthia Bartholomew

Bill Benton

Outreach

Sujeeth Draksharam

Sam Rodriguez

Bylaws

Bill Johnson

Precinct Development

Frank Loper

Greg Goodrum

Coalitions, Auxiliaries & Affiliates

Travis Kelly

Paula Gibson

Pat Hebert

Committees

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee shall develop and implement a communications program, including, but not limited to, the Party newsletter and website. The Communications Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that all facets of the communications program shall be available on a uniform basis to all Republican elected officeholders, all candidates seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for office in a primary election, run-off, or special election, as well as all members of the Party. The Communications Committee shall not accept a political advertisement that is not fully paid for in advance or that does not comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. The Chairman of the Communications Committee shall refer questions in regard to the latter condition to the General Counsel. The Party Chairman and Treasurer of the Party shall serve as members of the Communications Committee.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall be responsible for: (i) reviewing and overseeing the Party’s finances on a quarterly basis, (ii) provided the amount is included in the budget previously approved by the Executive Committee or surplus funds are available, approving all proposed expenditures of Party funds or contractual commitments amounting to more than $1,000.00 and less than $5,000.00, (iii) recommending that the Executive Committee approve or disapprove all proposed expenditures of Party funds or contractual commitments of $5,000.00 or more, (iv) assisting the Chairman and Treasurer in developing the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and (v) reviewing the audit proposals of two or more certified public accounting firms. The Treasurer shall serve as a member of the Finance Committee.

The Events Committee shall be responsible for the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, the Annual Christmas Party, the Grand Old Picnic, the July 4th event, and the Party’s participation at other public events. With the exception of the revenue generated from advertisements accepted by the Communications Committee, the Events Committee shall be responsible for the principal fundraising activities of the Party. The Chairman and Treasurer of the Party shall serve as members of the Events Committee.

 

Events Committee

Leadership / Precint Development Committee

The Leadership/Precinct Development Committee shall meet as needed to train and develop Precinct Chairs and Party workers. This Committee shall develop and implement a training program that will include Precinct Chairman responsibilities, Precinct organization and operations. Included in this program will be training sessions for all Precinct Chairs that will occur within the first three months following the organizational meeting of the Executive Committee, as needed when new Precinct Chairmen are elected to fill vacant Precincts and at least once the following year to update the training for Party Officers and Precinct Chairmen. The Committee shall meet as often as necessary to fulfill its duties and will provide a briefing on the training program to the Executive Committee at least once per calendar year.

 

The Vacancy Committee is responsible for interviewing and recommending qualified applicants to fill vacant Precinct Chairman positions. It shall seek and legally qualify candidates to fill Precinct Chairman vacancies and shall determine by majority vote the applicant whom it recommends for each vacant Precinct. All votes regarding applicants shall be recorded votes, and the names of all legally qualified applicants will be forwarded the Party Chairman for inclusion on the agenda for next Executive Committee meeting. The Committee shall meet monthly unless otherwise ordered by the majority of its members.

 

Vacancy Committee

Outreach / Voter Registration Committee

The Outreach/Voter Registration Committee shall have two Co-Chairmen and related functions, but with the common purpose to develop and implement programs designed to increase Republican voter turnout, encourage Republican growth in minority communities and engage in development of a long-term plan in this area for the future of the Republican Party in Fort Bend County. The Outreach Co-Chairman/Committee shall develop and implement programs to reach out to all minority and ethnic communities to grow the Party in these areas. The Voter Registration Co-Chairman/Committee shall develop and implement programs that will result in the registration of Republican voters for the purpose of growing the Party and the increasing the voter turnout in the Primary and the General Elections. The Committee shall meet monthly in an election year and when needed in a non-election year. Regular reports shall be made to the Executive Committee during election years.

 

The purpose of the committee is to determine the rules of our deliberations as well as bring suggested or necessary changes of the By-Laws to the Executive Committee for approval in accordance with the By-Laws).

 

Rules / By-Laws Committee

Candidate Committee

The primary purpose of the committee is to seek qualified conservative candidates to run of office and then through an interview and questionnaire process provide important information on Primary candidates to the Executive Committee and the voters. The Committee will not determine or recommend one Republican candidate over another in their deliberations and information provided to the Executive Committee or the public. Additionally, the Committee will review candidate requests for financial assistance and other requests made to the RPFBC and provide recommended actions to the Executive Committee.

 

Young Leadership Committee

The Young Leadership Committee will develop and implement a young leadership program for Republicans under the age of thirty-five who have been accepted by application. This Committee will solicit, identify and carry out the training of young Republicans so that a new group of campaign and future Party leaders will be developed every two years. The Committee will present its program to the Executive Committee and routinely brief the EC on its activities and the people in the training pipeline and include recommendations for involvement of these young Republicans in the Party’s process and activities.

 

The Ethics Committee shall take necessary and appropriate action, upon the written of the Executive Committee or a candidate seeking office as a Republican, to ensure that each reported potential ethical issue is fully and properly investigated and a report provided to the Executive Committee and candidate making the request. Officers of the Party, Precinct Chairmen, Republican candidates and all other Republican Party officials are expected to exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior in all situations.

 

With regard to candidates, the Committee will assure that each candidate running for pubic office meets the minimum qualifications for holding the specific office he/she is running for and that each candidate possesses the integrity, competence and judgment to faithfully serve the public, if elected. The Committee shall also resolve disputes that may arise between competing candidates for the same office.

 

All deliberations of the Ethics Committee shall be documented and reported in writing to the Executive Committee no less than four weeks prior to the date of a Primary or General Election. The Committee shall meet when necessary to investigate an ethical situation or to meet with candidates to verify their qualifications and other issues previously mentioned.

Ethics Committee

 
 

History

1889

Civil War Reconstruction

The earliest days of Republican history in Fort Bend County began with the Civil War Reconstruction era and ended with the “Jaybird-Woodpecker War” of 1889. That colorful and violent episode in the county’s political development triggered almost a hundred years of domination by the Democrat Party.

 

But, as the 20th Century neared its midpoint and the Republican Party began to gain strength nationally, a growth trend began in Texas and in Fort Bend County. In 1947, Capt. J.F. Lucey of Dallas founded the Republican Club of Texas and a drive was begun to build the party in the Lone Star State. The current governing body of the Republican Party of Texas, the State Republican Executive Committee, was organized in 1952, the year Republicans took back the U.S. Presidency. That same year, the Republican Party of Fort Bend County was organized with Walter Shult as County Chairman.

Republican Party of Fort Bend County Founded

1952

1960

Mr. Republican

Clarence Danklefs succeeded Shult in 1960. So few Republicans lived in the county then that a letter addressed to “Mr. Republican, Rosenberg, Texas” was once delivered to Danklefs.

 

Statewide in 1960, Texas Republicans still did not have enough voter strength to hold a regular primary. However, Richard Nixon polled 49 percent of the state vote in his race against John F. Kennedy that year, and John G. Tower of Wichita Falls received 926,653 votes as a candidate for the United State Senate against Lyndon B. Johnson, who was running concurrently for Vice-President. When Johnson resigned his seat in the Senate to become Vice-President, Tower was selected to replace him in the special election that followed, becoming the first Republican to hold statewide elective office since Edmund J. Davis was elected Governor during Reconstruction.

In 1966, Fort Bend Republicans did not hold a Primary. In November, Tower was re-elected to his first full term. Two Republicans (including future President George H. W. Bush of Houston) were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction, three were chosen for the State House of Representatives, and the first Republican in 39 years was elected to the Texas Senate. In Fort Bend, A.E. Sona Foerster, Jr. followed “Mr. Republican” as County Chairman in 1966.

As the 1960s came to an end, Fort Bend County’s first master-planned communities were begun in Missouri City and Sugar Land, and people discovered U.S. 59 did not end at Sharpstown Center. Fort Bend’s population began to grow, slowly at first and then in big leaps, especially on the east side of the Brazos River. Many of the newcomers to what would soon be called “one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S.” were Republicans and the concentration of voting strength began to shift to the “East End.”

One Republican pioneer, R.W. Cowart, sought election as District Attorney in 1968. There was also a contested race for County Chairman between Foerster and Duffie Monroe, and four people vied for Precinct 13 Republican Chairman.

In 1970, Monroe became County Chairman and his wife, Charlene, started the first Independent Republican Women’s Club. The group met in various locations in the Richmond/Rosenberg area and the membership rolls quickly swelled to eight or ten members. After two or three years, the club dwindled to a total membership of four –all elected officers– and disbanded. The party did not hold a Primary Election in 1970

A.E. Sona Foerster

1966

The first Republican Primary in the “new era” was held in Fort Bend County in 1962. The ballot featured W.J. (Bill) Walker, Jr. as candidate for Precinct 4 County Commissioner. He polled 117 votes in the November General Election. No county offices appeared on the Republican Primary ballot in 1964, although the Republican Party of Texas held a non-binding presidential preferential primary.

New Era

1962

Further gains by Republicans were made in the Texas Legislature in 1972 when 17 were elected to the House and three were sent to the Senate. In Fort Bend County, Republican James Tolly made a bid for Precinct 3 County Commissioner. He polled 2,205 votes in the General Election.

In 1972, most “Republicans” voted in the Democrat Primary statewide because that was where “the action was.” Fort Bend voters were no exception: 233 Republicans voted in the 1972 Primary but 12,000 voted for Republicans in the General Election.

James Tolly

1972

1974

Fort Bend Republican Women's Club

In Fort Bend, Jean Blissard became County Chairman in 1974 and helped establish the East Fort Bend Republican Women’s Club. The club, like the East Fort Bend County population, grew rapidly, working to help candidates and to register voters. Club members provided organized volunteer resources for candidates and helped recruit candidates to seek county offices. The club later dropped the “East” from its name.

Statewide, the Republican Party’s 1972 gains were consolidated in 1974 when 16 Republicans were elected to the House and the same three Republicans were returned to the Texas Senate. In Fort Bend, the 1974 ballot saw more Republicans seeking county offices: Robert L. Conrad for County Judge (George Ortiz was the candidate on the Republican Primary ballot, but was replaced by Conrad), E.C. Garretson for Precinct 2 County Commissioner, Jim Davis for Precinct 4 County Commissioner, Wayne Elkins for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, and Joyce Gay for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. None were successful

1976

Ron Paul, Walter Keith & Clyde Farquhar

Further gains by Republicans were made in the Texas Legislature in 1972 when 17 were elected to the House and three were sent to the Senate. In Fort Bend County, Republican James Tolly made a bid for Precinct 3 County Commissioner. He polled 2,205 votes in the General Election.

In 1972, most “Republicans” voted in the Democrat Primary statewide because that was where “the action was.” Fort Bend voters were no exception: 233 Republicans voted in the 1972 Primary but 12,000 voted for Republicans in the General Election.

1978

District 21

If there were a “banner year” in the Republican history of Fort Bend County (and Texas), it would be 1978. Tom DeLay became the first Republican elected countywide since Reconstruction when voters sent him to Austin as District 21 State Representative. Lee Eguia was elected Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, the first Republican to hold a county office in the 20th Century. Statewide, William P. Clements, Jr., became the first Republican Governor in more than 100 years. And, Paul was returned to Congress.

Jim Tallas became County Chairman in 1978 and helped recruit a record number of candidates for county offices. Walter McMeans and Rick Forlano challenged each other for nomination as County Judge in the Republican Primary. Jan Bonn, Vi Chandler and Dianne Wilson also threw their hats into the ring, but all were defeated by Democrats at the polls.

In 1980, the national Reagan/Bush ticket carried the county with about 68 percent of the vote. In Fort Bend, Kathy Norvell was elected Tax Assessor Collector, becoming the first Republican elected to a countywide office in modern history. Pressley was elected Precinct 3 County Commissioner, the first Republican voice on Commissioners’ Court since the Jaybirds and Woodpeckers exchanged gunshots. R.G. “Bob” Parker defeated popular Democrat and war hero J.C. “Buster” Court for Precinct 3 Constable. Joe B. Spillars was elected Precinct 4 Constable.

In 1982′s Republican Primary, incumbent District Attorney Bill Meitzen switched parties and won a challenge from Charles C. Cate. He was unopposed in the General Election. Vicki Hill ran unsuccessfully for County Judge. But, Wilson returned to win the post of Fort Bend County Clerk, Kathy Hynson won her bid for County Treasurer and Bob Lutts was elected Precinct 4 County Commissioner. In the Justice of the Peace races, Republicans fielded candidates in all four precincts for the first time. Mary Ward, Robert Stahl and Jim Scott won in Precincts 1, 3 and 4, respectively. Stahl had defeated Eguia in the Primary.

As the East End Republican population continued to burgeon, Republican strength on the west side of the Brazos also grew. In 1984, the year Norm Mason became County Chairman; Republican Gus George unseated the Democrat incumbent for Sheriff, drawing significant support from the west side precincts. Republicans now held the offices of Sheriff, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Tax Assessor Collector, District Attorney, County Commissioner in Precincts 3 and 4, Justice of the Peace in Precincts 1, 3 and 4 and Constable in Precincts 3 and 4. In 1986, Republicans added District Clerk with the election of Glory Ketelers.

The decade of the 1980s saw growth in Republican organizations. Republican Women On-the-Go formed in 1981 to offer night meetings as an alternative for women who could not meet during the day. In 1986, both the Republican Men’s Club and the Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club began. The Muslim American Republican Caucus, Republican National Hispanic Assembly-Fort Bend, Katy Area Republican Club, West Fort Bend County Republican Women’s Club and Fort Bend Young Republicans Club have joined these groups.

Also in the 1980s, Republicans began to take control of the judiciary in the State District Courts and County Courts-at-Law, both by gubernatorial appointment and election. Among the pioneers in 1981 were Reagan Clark, appointed by Gov. Clements to be a District Court Judge and Tommy Culver, appointed to a County Court-at-Law bench. In 1982, Tom Stansbury, who was running unopposed, was appointed to the 328th District Court prior to the election. Then came Brady Elliott, appointed District Judge by the governor during his second term, and Walter McMeans, who was elected as judge of a County Court-at-Law.

Jim Stokes became County Chairman in 1988, and Fort Bend Republicans continued to field candidates for state and county offices. Charles Barclay followed Stokes as County Chairman in 1990 Eric Thode took the reins in 1992.

Sheriff, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Tax Assessor Collector, District Attorney, County, Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, Constable, & District Clerk

 

1984

In 1994, another “first since Reconstruction” occurred with the election of Mike Rozell as County Judge. His election created the first “Republican majority” on Commissioners’ Court as he joined County Commissioners Pressley and Lutts.

 

The 1990s was also a time of concentrated party growth in the West End, particularly in Precinct 1. Thode used that growth to help recruit conservative Democrats in Precinct 1 to switch parties. County Commissioner Bud O’Shieles and Justice of the Peace Gary Fredrickson joined the party in 1995 and ran as Republican candidates in 1996. Justice of the Peace Gary Geick joined them in 1997.

1994

Republican Majority

Today, as it celebrates a 50th anniversary, The Republican Party of Fort Bend County has reason to be proud. Once dominated by Democrats, Fort Bend County is now a stronghold for the Republican Party. Countywide, Republicans hold every elected office except those in Precinct 2. In the State Legislature, Fort Bend Republicans hold one House and one Senate seat, with Republican candidates seeking election in the 2002 General Election to additional seats in the House and in the Senate. Statewide candidates recognize the voting strength in the county and Fort Bend is becoming a “must” on their campaign trails.

It’s clear that if someone were to address a letter to “Mr. Republican, Rosenberg, Texas” today, it would never be delivered. Far too many people now meet that description, evidence indeed of how far the party has come since 1952.

50th Anniversary

2002

2015

The Future.

Constitution

The Republican Party firmly believes that the constitution is a document governing the United States of America and should be adhered to.

 

 

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United States Constitution

 
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