Tom Mechler has been politically involved for over thirty years. He was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas by the State Republican Executive Committee in March of 2015. He previously served as Treasurer of the Republican Party of Texas, a position he was appointed to by Chairman Steve Munisteri in September 2010. Prior to that, he served as a county Republican Chairman for a combined period of twelve years at three different locations and served on the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) representing District 28 from 2002 – 2006. He also served as the Platform Committee Chairman at the 2012 and 2014 State Conventions.
Governor Perry appointed Tom to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in November 2005, where he served for nearly nine years, the last five of which he served as the Vice-Chairman, where he was 2nd in command of the state agency responsible for operating 109 prisons, including a $3.3 billion per year budget, 37,000 employees and 22,000 volunteers.
Tom’s business experience includes serving as President of Manna Services, Inc. which operates as a small oil & gas production company and is involved in providing consulting services to independent oil and gas producers in the Texas Panhandle. Tom has extensive experience in the negotiation and auditing of gas purchase contracts for the natural gas industry. He previously worked for ARCO for ten years, seven of which were in Alaska, where he and his family lived in Wasilla. His past assignments included duties as an offshore production foreman, facility engineer at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, facility planner, and technical director.
Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980 and received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Finance degree in 1992 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which is the top university in the world in the field of Finance. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer as well as a Volunteer Prison Chaplain. He and his wife Becky currently reside on a ranch outside of Amarillo and have six adult children and fifteen grandchildren.
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.
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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