Steve Munisteri was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas on June 13, 2010 at the Republican State Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.
Upon his election, Munisteri initially focused on the Party’s financial difficulties. He inherited liabilities in excess of $700,000 and the Party’s liabilities exceeded the Party’s assets by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Munisteri then initiated a series of structural and financial reforms, including the elimination of some positions, renegotiating contracts, restructuring the Party’s debt, and budget cuts which resulted in reducing its monthly obligations from approximately $139,000 per month to a little over $90,000. These financial reforms, combined with aggressive fundraising and establishing a “Debt Busters Committee” to retire the Party’s past debts, resulted in the paying off all liabilities to $0 by the end of November 2010. The party has continued to be debt free since that time and has now adopted a policy to pay down all invoices to $0 by the end of each calendar month. The Party has also maintained cash reserves of at least $500,000 since November 2010. During the first three years of Munisteri’s Chairmanship the Party has brought in approximately $13.5 million including approximately $6.7 million in 2012 alone.
The Party’s improved financial condition allowed the RPT to be a major player in the 2010 and 2012 elections. In 2010 the Party undertook a “Texas Truth Tour” around the state in support of key representatives and candidates in competitive races, maintained numerous websites on Democratic candidates, and organized a large volunteer force called the Texas Trailblazers. This included, among other things, organizing three weekends of statewide block walk operations. This resulted in the Republican Party electing a record number of office holders in 2010. In 2012, the State Party exclusively ran the Victory operations for the first time in years, resulting in the Party making 2.6 million calls and sending out over 3 million pieces of mail. The Party also gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions to candidates for the first time in many years. All totaled the State Party spent $2.2 million on its election efforts in 2012. This resulted in the election of a record number of Republicans. Republicans elected 217 more officials in the 2010 elections and have added another 33 since November as a result of party switchers. Today there are currently 815 more Republicans in elected office than at the end of the elections in 2008.
During his terms as Chairman, Munisteri has also adopted a policy of complete transparency as opposed to prior administrations where a significant portion of SREC meetings were held in executive session. Through the first three years of Munisteri’s chairmanship the SREC has not gone into executive session once. In addition, party leaders and activists are also provided regular monthly updates and financial information.
Since his election, Chairman Munisteri has added a full time Youth Director, Outreach Director, and Political Director. The Party has also initiated an aggressive outreach program to the Hispanic, African American, and Asian American communities which has resulted in a significant increase in the number of minority delegates to the state convention, a significant increase in the number of minority members of the SREC, and an increase in the number of minority Republican elected officials statewide. In 2012 the number of Hispanic Republican elected officials statewide increased from 58 to 78.
In June 2013, Chairman Munisteri announced a partnership with the RNC to establish Victory Centers that will operate on a year-round basis and that the Party would be hiring significant number of new field staff fort these offices, including staffers assigned specifically to outreach to the Hispanic, African American, and Asian American communities.
Prior to being elected as Chairman of the RPT, Munisteri was very active in Republican and conservative politics. He began working as a volunteer in Republican campaigns in 1972. His first campaign activity was as a block walker for Hank Grover. Since 1972 Munisteri has worked in over 70 campaigns including working for Presidential candidates in Iowa, California, New Hampshire, Florida, and South Carolina. Munisteri has also been active in the Party since an early age serving as precinct chair in two precincts in Harris County (133 and 213), from 1981-1987. He was also a member of the State Republican Executive Committee from 1984-1986. Munisteri became very active in the conservative movement having first formed a conservative club at Memorial High School in Houston before going on to become the State Chairman of Texas Young American’s for Freedom (YAF) from 1977-1980, a member of the National YAF board, founding Chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas, and State Chair of Young Texans for Reagan during the 1980 presidential campaign.
Munisteri grew up in Houston, Texas where he attended public school from elementary school through his graduation from Memorial High School. He then obtained a BBA in Finance with Honors from the University of Texas in 1979 before going off to earn a Juris Doctorate of Law from the University of Texas Law School in 1981.
Upon graduation from law school he obtained an associate position with the Insurance Defense firm Funderburk and Funderburk. After 13 months at Funderburk and Funderburk, Chairman Munisteri founded the law offices of Stephen P. Munisteri on November 1, 1982 as a one person operation. He built the firm up to a 49 employee, 20 attorney firm which he agreed to sell to a group of his employees in 2004. The sale was completed in 2008 and Munisteri retired at the end of that year. Munisteri has also owned several side businesses, including Munisteri Exploration, which is an investment vehicle for investing in wildcat oil and gas projects. Munisteri has participated in the development of oil and gas projects since 1989 and has participated in the drilling of approximately four-dozen oil and gas wells, most of which have been successful. Munisteri also owned a sports management promotion company which he retired from in 2009. He also owns a property company although he divested himself of its primary asset, a Greenway Plaza area office building, in 2007 just prior to his retirement.
Munisteri currently works full-time as a volunteer Chairman for the Republican Party of Texas.
Toni Anne Dashiell, was elected National Committeewoman April 2013. She was awarded the 2009 Ronald Reagan Leadership Award by the National Federation of Republican Women for her distinctive performance as the President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW). She traveled to Bosnia and Nigeria on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network to train women seeking public office in campaign management, leadership development, and communication. Toni Anne and her Co-Author, Rachel Woods, debuted their book: Leading for Freedom: Leadership Skills for Republicans June 2012.
Toni Anne’s service as a volunteer grassroots leader dates back to 1968, when she worked on a presidential campaign as a member of Teenage Republicans. Since that time she has been a consistent leader in numerous Republican campaigns including presidential, Senatorial and Congressional, statewide, city and county races.
Toni Anne believes in the importance of community service. She has demonstrated this value by serving as a leader in her hometown, including the Boerne Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs, the Boerne ISD Budget Committee and the Boerne Community Theatre. She was appointed by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in 2011 to the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board.
Together, she and her husband, Tom, are small business owners, working in both real estate and insurance.
Robin 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. Mr. Armstrong has a B.A. 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.
Mr. Armstrong has been active in both politics and his community. He has travelled 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, and most recently as the State Republican Executive committeeman for Texas Senate District 11. Armstrong and his wife Martha, who is also a medical doctor, have four sons, Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua and Noah.
Beth Cubriel serves as the Executive Director at the Republican Party of Texas. In this position, Beth serves as Chief of Staff for the RPT staff and works directly with RPT Chair, Steve Munisteri, to manage a multi- million dollar budget and to ensure the organization is meeting its political, legislative, and fundraising goals.
Prior to her promotion to Executive Director, Beth worked as the Organization Director for the RPT and was a major force in Texas to make the 2012 Republican Primary possible after continued delays and rules changes due to redistricting legislation.
Beth also has over a decade of experience working in a variety of capacities for U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Beginning with his successful long-shot campaign for Texas Attorney General and then serving in his executive administration, she was a crucial aide to his state operations. As then-Attorney General Cornyn prepared to run his first U.S. Senate race, Beth served as Organization Director for Cornyn for Senate and then as State Field Director when Sen. Cornyn was sworn in. As State Field Director, Beth managed the Senator’s Texas field offices and staff, whose duties included constituent services and public relations. Beth again served as Organization Director for Sen. Cornyn’s re-election campaign.
Beth and her husband Randy live in Austin and met while working in politics. They have been married for over 10 years and have two children.
HURD, William Ballard, a Representative from Texas; born in San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., August 19, 1977; graduated from John Marshall High School, San Antonio, Tex., 1995; B.S., Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, Tex., 2000; business owner; operations officer, Central Intelligence Agency, 2000-2009; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
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