TXRA 2014 Hospitality Room

On Thursday, June 5, the TXRA will host a hospitality room for all Delegates and Alternates to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention in Fort Worth. The event is also open to all TXRA members.

The event will take place in the lobby of the Houston Place Lofts (910 Houston Street) just a half block from the north end of the Convention Center. The hospitality room will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be furnished compliments of the TXRA.


NFRA Board Meeting April 2014

April 26, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, TXRA National Committeewoman Melba McDow and TXRA President Steve Hollern attended a semiannual Board meeting of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies at The Pyramids in north Indianapolis. The meeting was held in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Rifle Association. Although the NFRA Board meeting ran simultaneously with the NRA Convention, many NFRA members were able to attend the NRA Stand and Fight rally that included presentations by Sarah Palin, Oliver North, and Wayne LaPierre. Entertainment was by Sara Evans and by the group Alabama.

The highlight of the NFRA meeting was when Alaska was chartered as the newest state Assembly. States in attendance included Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, and others.

Among other business matters, the Board tentatively authorized holding the 2016 Presidential Preference Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in the Fall of 2015. Specific dates and pricing will be set during the NFRA Board meeting in the Fall of this year.

Resolutions were debated and several were adopted, including ones dealing with ballot security, Benghazi, and transcripts from the Holy Land Foundation/CAIR trial. A resolution pertaining to an Article V, Convention of the States, was discussed at length and then tabled until the Fall Board meeting. The intention was to give Board members time to study the issue and read both Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments and Phyllis Schlafly’s various writings on the subject. At this time there are fairly strong opinions both for and against but many Board members thought they were not sufficiently informed on the issue to cast an informed and intelligent vote.


2014 Texas Republican Assembly Endorsements

At its statewide endorsing convention in Fort Worth 2014, TXRA delegates from throughout the State made the following endorsements: Governor – Greg Abbott; Attorney General – Ken Paxton; Railroad Commissioner – Becky Berger; State Land Commissioner – David Watts.

Because a 67% majority is required to endorse, there were many races where that threshold was not reached. This doesn’t mean the delegates didn’t like the candidates – only that a sufficiently bright-line distinction did not appear to exist between the candidates.

In commenting on the race for Texas Lt. Governor, TXRA President Steve Hollern stated, “In my 39 years of Texas politics, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a high-level race like this with as strong, deep, and qualified group of conservative candidates.”


TXRA Endorsing Convention

NOTICE: Due to recent availability of the Riley Conference Center, the venue for the Convention has been moved from the Naylor Student Center to the Riley Conference Center – still at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Riley Center is at 1701 W Boyce Avenue in Fort Worth, just off James Street and about 3/4 mile north of Interstate 20. This is the same location we used in 2012 and the parking is much more convenient than at the Student Center.

Registration is open Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and reopens Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Formal registration will close at 9:00 a.m., but Delegates and Alternates may register throughout the day if they arrive late.

The convention starts at 8:30 and Sharron Angle, NFRA President, will speak at approximately 8:50 a.m.



On Saturday, February 3rd, the Texas Republican Assembly held its statewide endorsing convention. Of the seven contested races, we achieved the required 67% in five races. The TXRA endorsements go to:

Governor – Greg Abbott

Lt. Governor – Dan Patrick

Commissioner of Agriculture – Sid Miller

Commissioner of the General Land Office – Jerry Patterson

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals – Sharon Keller

Congratulations to these candidates and we appreciate the appearance and presentations by their opponents.



The TXRA and the NFRA endorsed Ted Cruz for president. And that is also my preference. But as an Assembly member, I will support whomever wins the GOP nomination – as I have always done. What Mitt Romney did today to Donald Trump potentially undercuts the ability of our Party to beat Hillary in November and is not worthy of a former presidential nominee of the Republican Party. I’ve always known the “Establishment” had deep tenacles into the fabric of American political life but I am still surprised that Romney would demean himself and roll over to such a degree. Now more than ever we need the Assembly movement, which is “The Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”


TXRA 2016 Endorsements

On Saturday, January 23, the Texas Republican Assembly made the following national and statewide endorsements:

President of the United States – TED CRUZ
TX Supreme Court, Place 5 – PAUL GREEN
TX Supreme Court, Place 9 – EVA GUZMAN
TX Criminal Court of Appeals, Place 2 – RAY WHELESS
TX Criminal Court of Appeals, Place 5 – SID HARLE
TX 2nd Court of Appeals, Place 3 – DABNEY BASSEL

A significant note was that neither Congressman Joe Barton nor Congressman Michael Burgess received an endorsement. The majority of the delegate ballots were returned marked “No Endorsement.” This was a direct reaction to the congressmen’s recent vote on the budget and tax bills that basically gave Obama everything he wanted


NFRA Achieves Presidential Endorsement In Nashville Convention

On Saturday, August 28, the NFRA Presidential Endorsing Convention was held in Nashville, Tennessee.28, an endorsement for SEN. TED CRUZ was achieved on the 7th ballot. Of the 17 candidates running for the Republican Presidential nomination, 7 were nominated from the floor for the NFRA ballot. After each round of voting, the bottom candidate(s) were dropped and the Convention proceeded to the next round. To reach an endorsement, a candidate must reach a 2/3rds majority vote of the delegates. Delegates from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii, Maine and Florida were represented. Texas had one the of largest delegations with 19 proud Texans in the Hall.



The biennial National Federation of Republican Assemblies Convention held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at DFWAirport from September 12 to 15 produced an enthused and fired up group of conservatives from many state Assemblies, including the Hawaii Republican Assembly. A highlight of the event was the speech by U. S. Representative Louie Gohmert from Tyler, Texas. Congressman Gohmert provided an update on Washington politics and the GOP-led effort to strip Obamacare funding from the budget resolution. At the conclusion of his speech, Rep. Gohmert was surprised when he was presented the NFRA Patriot of the Year Award.

Other speakers included Elliott Guillory, the Louisiana state senator who recently left the Democrat Party to become a Republican. Senator Guillory clearly explained why he felt the Republican Party represents the traditional values with which he was raised and how the Democrat Party has become a party of special interests and lack of personal responsibility.

Long-time President Ron Martin of Destin, Florida, stepped down as president due to expanding business responsibilities. At the Board meeting on Sunday morning, Sharon Angle of Reno, Nevada, was elected as the new NFRA President. Sharon has been the NFRA Executive VP and previously ran a hard race against Sen. Harry Reid. And she appeared at the TXRA booth at the 2012 Republican State Convention. Sharon is scheduled to give the keynote speech at the Texas Republican Assembly endorsing convention in January 2014.

James Dickey of Austin and Flower Mound was re-elected as an NFRA Regional VP.

Although the NFRA official Presidential Preference Poll is only held every four years, the NFRA ran a straw poll to indicate early support for potential presidential candidates in the 2016 election. While not an official NFRA position, the results of the poll were:

Ted Cruz                       – 50.0%
Rand Paul                     – 29.0%
Rick Perry                    –   6.0%
Marco Rubio                –   4.0%
Scott Walker                –   4.0%
Rick Santorum            –   3.0%
Ben Carson (write in) –   1.5%
[To Be Determined]   –   1.5%
Jeb Bush                          –   0.0%
Chris Christie                –   0.0%

Interestingly, the Bush vote is the same that his brother George W. received at the 1999 NFRA endorsing convention in Kansas City.


At the TXRA portion of the convention, a number of suggested Bylaws changes were received from the committee chaired by James Dickey and were adopted. Dues from local chapters to the TXRA were increased because of the increase in dues assessments by the NFRA to the various state Assemblies.

Rudy Cajka of Denton (Robson Ranch) was re-elected as NFRA National Committeeman from Texas and Melba McDow of Arlington was re-elected as NFRA National Committeewoman from Texas. Steve Hollern (Fort Worth) was elected as president, a position he previously held from 1999 to 2005. Gary Crowder (Austin) was elected TXRA Vice President. Elected as senate district representatives on the TXRA Board were Mona Bailey (Fort Worth) for SD 9, David Wyman (Mansfield) for SD 10, and Bill Lawrence (Highland Village) for SD 12.

The TXRA statewide endorsing convention will be held on January 24 and 25 at the Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth. Plans are presently in process and more information on registration and the timetable will be provided soon.


2013 NFRA/Texas Republican Assembly Convention

We are excited to invite you to attend the Eighth National NFRA Convention, September 12-15, 2013, in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas!

Register for the Convention at

The host committee is excited to announce that this convention is a joint convention with National Federation of Republican Assemblies and the Texas Republican Assembly! Come and get a bird’s eye view of how things are done, Texas style!

We made a promise that we would keep costs down, and once again, we have kept that promise. Convention registration is only $247 per person. Registration includes admission to all events, seminars, and meals.  As a special bonus to TXRA members, registration includes admission and transportation to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday September 12.

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The weekend will be jam-packed with exciting speakers, fun-filled events, intensive how-to training seminars, the NFRA Awards Banquet, and the Sunday Prayer Breakfast. Hundreds of conservative activists and leaders from around the country will converge on Dallas/Fort Worth to get trained up, geared up, and fired up to hold back the tide of socialism in our country. Invited speakers include Senator Rand Paul, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Marco Rubio, Representative Louie Gohmert, author Eric Metaxas, Dr. Ben Carson, and Republican Study Committee Executive Director Paul Teller.

NFRA is returning to the Hyatt Regency DFW , site of our 2001 convention. After rounds of negotiations, we have secured the low room rate of $139/night for an outstanding hotel and event facility. Book your room early! This is a busy event hotel, and rooms will fill up fast. Upgrades are available for those who want more space for spreading out or want to host state or regional receptions. Click this link to reserve your rooms, or call 1-800-233-1234 for the reservation desk. Be sure to tell them you are with the NFRA Convention to get the NFRA rate. The deadline to reserve your rooms at the convention rate is August 29, 2013, but do not delay!

We are seeking advertisers for the printed convention program, exhibitors and sponsors. If you are interested in helping promote convention, please contact us at [email protected]

The country needs the NFRA, now more than ever. When we stand together, we win! Come, and stand with us in Texas, September 12-15.