SEPTEMBER 28th, MONTHLY MEETING:
Our own state legislators will be discussing the recent 85th Legislative session.
Senator Don Huffines, Representative Matt Rinaldi and Representative Ron Simmons
will all present and respond to questions.
Your state legislators are more accessible than you think!
September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. is your chance.
Come out and meet them, hear their reports and ask questions.
BRING A FRIEND!
Meeting Location: Nico's Restaurant, 3065 N Josey Ln, Carrollton, TX 75007
Meeting Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Meeting Time: Dinner on your own at 6 p.m./Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Senator Don Huffines - TX-SD 16
Don Huffines has always had a fervent passion for liberty and expanding conservative philosophy by thinking big and seeing beyond the obvious. Born in Dallas Texas- a fifth generation Texan- Don’s grandfather founded Huffines Auto Group in 1924. The company still is family owned and operated in the Dallas area. In 1985, Don and his twin brother Phillip started Huffines Communities, one of the largest real estate land development companies in DFW. Don graduated from UT Austin with a Finance Degree in 1981.
Don and his wife of 28 years, Mary Catherine, have raised four sons and one daughter, active in the Boy Scouts of America and all outdoor activities. His trust in Jesus Christ and the love of his family provide Don his life compass.
A desire to challenge the status quo and solve the big issues facing Texas led Don to enter into the world of politics. After beating a 22-year incumbent who outspent him two to one, Don was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2014. He served his first session during the 84th Legislature in 2015. He has served as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions and as an alternate delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. In the 84th session, Don served as Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee as well as on the Business & Commerce Committee, Education Committee and Administration Committee.
In the 84th session, Don helped pass bills to strengthen the Second Amendment, support traditional values and the sanctity of life, and to advance economic liberty and free markets. Don also helped pass bills to make government more transparent, and to protect Texans’ property rights. Don believes that the legacy of the 84th session will be billions of dollars for transportation infrastructure without raising taxes, a $4 billion tax cut for Texans, an historic appropriation for border security, and significant steps forward for the Second Amendment.
The ultimate goal for Don is to bring all Texans together to achieve unimaginable prosperity through limited government so we may cherish our liberty that God alone has bestowed upon us. Don believes that in order to attain this, we must foster private charity, personal responsibility, and the fortification of the traditional family. To fully experience liberty, Don knows that we must have a virtuous society. Instead of turning to government for answers or solutions, Don believes in you and the power of the individual to solve most of our issues. By working together, everything is possible. Texas' greatest days are yet to dawn, and our future is limitless.
Representative Matt Rinaldi - TX-HD 115
Matt Rinaldi of House District 115 was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the Northwest portion of Dallas County. He was re-elected in 2016 and sits on both the Committee of Agriculture & Livestock and Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence.
Representative Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. in Economics, and Boston University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude. He is currently a commercial litigation attorney and a strong advocate of tort reform in the legal community. Matt also serves on the board of directors of a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the hotel and hospitality industry.
Representative Rinaldi is a trusted source on constitutional issues and has spoken extensively on these matters throughout the state and on FoxNews Radio affiliates throughout the country. He is a strong advocate for limited government, pro-liberty and free market policies, secure borders, education, Second Amendment rights, and the protection of life.
As one who believes in giving back to his community, Matt represented under‐privileged families in the “Adoption Saturday” project, a program developed to speed the adoption of abused and neglected children in Dallas County. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and an alumnus of Leadership Irving/Las Colinas. Matt and his wife, Corley, attend St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell.
Representative Ron Simmons - TX - HD
In May 2012, after personally knocking on more than 3000 doors in House District 65, Ron Simmons won a three-way primary and earned the Republican nomination for State Representative. He went on to win the November election and was sworn in on January 8, 2013.
During his first two terms in the Texas House, Ron successfully authored and passed legislation protecting First Amendment rights and the integrity of Texas' election process. He also authored and passed legislation standardizing the treatment and coverage of autism spectrum disorder - landmark legislation that will lead to earlier diagnoses, better outcomes for individuals on the spectrum, and lower costs for insurance providers in the future. He was honored to be named the "Most Valuable Player" of the 2013 Freshman Class by Capitol Inside. In 2015, Ron authored and passed legislation laying out process-driven criteria to impartially determine funding for transportation projects. He also served as Chair of the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee.
Ron, the son of public school teachers, grew up in rural southern Arkansas. After graduating from high school he began his studies at Southern Arkansas University, working in the mail room of a local company to help pay for his education. While attending college he met his wife, the former Lisa Dickson of El Dorado, Arkansas, and they were married in 1980. Ron and Lisa moved to Dallas in 1985 where he began working in the financial industry and completed his college education. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from Dallas Baptist University, which named him the Distinguished Alumnus for 2012.
A businessman and entrepreneur, Ron co-founded Retirement Advisors of America (RAA) and continues to serve as its Chairman. Launched in 1991, today RAA manages nearly $1.9 billion in assets for families across the country and provides jobs for 35 employees as well as 15 exclusive independent contractors. In 2010, Ron was named one of the top financial advisors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by D Magazine and his company has been named one of the top 30 financial advisors in the country by the trade publication Investment News. Ron has also served as a consultant to businesses in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, and as an expert on business related issues associated with commercial litigation.
Ron speaks and trains nationally and internationally on leadership topics through Equip, the charitable arm of author John Maxwell's organization. He has led conferences for Equip in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bucharest, Romania and Soweto, South Africa. A member of the National Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America, he serves as the Board Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, and Member of the Executive Committee. He is a Life Member of the NRA and has been a longtime supporter of the Liberty Institute which works to protect religious liberty, marriage, and the sanctity of human life.
Ron and Lisa are active in their local church, Prestonwood Baptist Church, serving in the ministry to young married couples. He has previously served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Dallas.
Ron and Lisa Simmons have three adult children--Justin, Daniel, and Allie Beth. Justin is an attorney working for Denton County and living in the area with his wife Amy. Justin and Amy are parents to Ron and Lisa's two grandchildren, Peter and James. Daniel lives in Plano and works at Retirement Advisors of America. Ron and Lisa's daughter Allie Beth, married to Timothy Stuckey recently graduated from Furman University and now lives in Athens, Georgia. Allie Beth runs a blog entitled "The Conservative Millennial", which garners millions of online views and followers.