The Republican Party of Texas recently headed back to Midland for a very successful fundraiser, which was once again hosted by former Mayor Ernie Angelo and his wife Penny.
Melinda Fredricks, Vice-Chairman
Melinda Fredricks was elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas at the 2010 State Convention. From 2000-2008, Melinda served on the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) representing Senate District 4, and was appointed by Chairman Tina Benkiser to chair the SREC Ballot Security Subcommittee in 2004. In 2001, RPT Chairman Susan Weddington awarded Melinda with the "Seed Sower" Award for her work as an SREC member.
Melinda has been a delegate to precinct, senate district, and state conventions since 1994, first from Denton County and later from Montgomery County. She chaired the Senate District 4 Caucus at the 2004, 2006, and 2008 State Conventions.
As a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention, Melinda represented Texas on the National Convention Rules Committee. In 2004, she represented Congressional District 8 as an alternate delegate to the National Convention in New York City.
Melinda joined Republican Women in 1992, first with Denton County Republican Women and then with Montgomery County Republican Women in 1997. She has held most offices in her club, including President of MCRW in 2003-2004. She has been a delegate to TFRW Conventions since 1993, a delegate to NFRW Convention in 2003, and a 2006 Tribute to Women honoree. During the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, she served on the TFRW Campaign School faculty, teaching Research and Ballot Security. Melinda has served as Parliamentarian of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW) since 2008.
Over the years, Melinda has volunteered for numerous campaigns, including serving as a regional chairman for Susan Combs for Comptroller, steering committee member for Governor Perry's, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples', and Justice David Gaultney's campaigns, as a Montgomery County co-chair for Senator Cornyn's and Lt. Governor Dewhurst's campaigns, and as the 2008 Montgomery County Victory chair.
In 2003, Governor Perry appointed Melinda to the Texas Medical Board (TMB), which is responsible for licensing and disciplining Texas physicians. As chairman of the TMB Legislative Committee, she testified before legislative committees and met with numerous legislators and government leaders, and represented TMB at the 2005 and 2006 annual National Federation of State Medical Boards conventions.
In November 2008, Melinda resigned from the TMB, and Governor Perry appointed her as a commissioner of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). The TABC is responsible for the inspection, supervision, and regulation of every phase of the alcoholic industry in Texas.
Currently, Melinda chairs SAFE-Texas (Secure and Fair Elections in Texas), which is an organization of Texas Republican grass roots leaders that is working to provide support to our legislators on the issue of Voter ID. The group brought in experts to testify before the 2009 legislative hearings on Voter ID, and worked to alert the grass roots to the need to support the bill.
Melinda is a former middle school math teacher and former stay at home mom. Her previous experience includes working at a national political consulting firm. She currently works for the Montgomery County Republican Party. Melinda received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in education from the University of North Texas.
Melinda and her husband Jim met at the University of North Texas where they served together as student leaders of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. They married in 1984 in Denton, Texas, where four of their children were born. In 1996, they moved to Conroe, Texas, where their fifth child was born. Melinda is a follower of Jesus Christ and a Methodist. She and her family are members of the Ark Family Church in Conroe. Melinda was born and raised in Dallas County, Texas, where she graduated from Irving High School, and where her parents still live.
The Republican National Committee, which is the governing body of the national Republican Party, met in Los Angeles, CA the week of April 8.
In March, the Republican Party of Texas hosted another very successful annual fundraiser. This is the third annual legislative fundraiser since Chairman Munisteri was elected in 2010.
The SREC has elected Toni Anne Dashiell to fill the vacancy for National Committeewoman to the RNC
This week, the Republican Party of Texas hosted a lunch for Grassroots Club members with Special Guest and fellow Grassroots Club member, U.S. Senator John Cornyn.