Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Deb Fischer, and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Friday, June 6th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
In Texas, it’s easy to be conservative because those that live and vote here embrace freedom, prosperity and liberty. But in other states, the fight to preserve such principles is not so easy, especially in Wisconsin where Republican leaders recently had to battle a recall election after drawing a line in the sand against the special interest of organized labor. In the Northeast, we know that it’s almost considered to be criminal behavior for business to turn a profit and for government to spend within their budget limits. And, in America’s heartland – in the state of Nebraska – a US Senate seat long held by Democrats has recently returned to the Republican column.
Fortunately, Republicans do have allies in these states, particularly in three Courageous GOP Women who each day battle the fight to restrain government spending, defend life and inspire business development.
Please join us to honor Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, and Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Note: Even if you DO NOT plan on attending the state convention you CAN STILL ATTEND the gala by visiting the convention registration page and selecting the gala.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.texasgop.org/convention
Senator Kelly Ayotte is a conservative who is successfully standing for our principles in the liberal Northeast. Elected to the US Senate 2010, after a career as a successful prosecutor, Kelly won her primary election with the endorsement of Freedom Works and the general election with 60% of the vote. During her tenure in the Senate, Kelly has repeatedly received 100% ratings from the National Right to Life Committee and serves as member of the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Aging Committees.
Kelly’s top priority is to get America’s fiscal house in order. She has stood on principle to vote against bloated budget bills that have included money for programs we don’t need and can’t afford. She is a staunch advocate for common sense budget reforms, including a permanent ban on earmarks, a Balanced Budget Amendment, and strict spending caps.
Kelly’s service on the Armed Services committee is not only patriotic, it is also personal. Her husband, Joe Daley, flew combat missions during the Iraq war and later retired from the Air National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. Kelly and Joe live in Nashua with their two young children, Katherine and Jacob.
A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer was elected to the United States Senate in 2012. She won the Republican nomination the old fashioned way – with a come from behind Victory propelled by grassroots support. She then went on to pick up a seat in the Senate for Republicans by defeating former Senator and one time Democrat candidate for President, Bob Kerrey, as he attempted to regain his seat after retiring from the Senate over a decade ago.
Senator Fischer has earned a reputation as a “tenacious advocate” for lower taxes, reduced government spending, and a balanced budget. She is committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to advance sensible policies that will grow the economy and promote strong Nebraska families and communities.
In 2004, Senator Fischer was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral to represent the 43rd Legislative District. During her time in the state legislature, she served as Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and was a member of the Revenue Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and the Executive Board. In addition to promoting fiscally responsible policies, Fischer was also involved in initiatives that addressed water policy, statewide economic development, and natural resources issues.
Senator Fischer was able to secure passage of LB 84, a bill she sponsored to fund the lifeblood of Nebraska’s communities – its roads. LB 84, which was introduced and passed in 2011, directs a portion of Nebraska’s existing sales tax to fund new road construction throughout the state. Senator Fischer’s work on the legislation was praised as “an achievement that has evaded other state officials for too many years” by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, was elected to that office in 2010 as Governor Scott Walker’s running mate, and subsequently survived with Governor Walker the recall election of 2012. Gala attendees will hear directly from Rebecca about their successful effort to courageously stand up to unions in their state and then to defeat the recall efforts launched against her and Gov. Walker.
Gov. Kleefisch is a former small business owner, widely credited for coining the phrase, “Wisconsin is Open for Business”. Once elected to the Office of Lt. Governor, Rebecca immediately played a key role in business growth and retention for Wisconsin – cold-calling Illinois businesses that, in turn, relocate to Wisconsin, and nimbly responding to businesses looking for support.
Rebecca serves as Wisconsin’s “Jobs Ambassador’ and spearheads the Governor’s Small Business Summits, listening and input sessions held all over the state. She chaired the Governor’s Sub Cabinet on Workforce Investment that developed the “Wisconsin Working” plan, designed to connect the unemployed to jobs, encourage the hiring of veterans, and address Wisconsin’s graying manufacturing workforce. After providing taxpayers with over $2 billion in tax relief since taking office, Rebecca has been traveling the state over the last six months gathering ideas for the next bold tax reform proposal for the administration.
Rebecca is a colon cancer survivor, a member of the NRA and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet. She lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, State Representative Joel Kleefisch.