The Republican Party of Texas is fortunate to have generous donors who support our efforts of building the party organization, running the primary election, assisting candidates, activating volunteers and registering voters – all to promote Republican principles of supporting a limited government that trusts individuals to the best stewards of themselves and each other. We are particularly appreciative of Rep. Gene Seaman for his longstanding support of the party as he has continued to earn the RPT Keypin, awarded to anyone who donates $1,000 or more a year to the party, every year for the past 36 years.
When Rep. Seaman started giving to the Republican Party of Texas in 1978, Republicans were just beginning to lay the groundwork for future success in the state. Bill Clements had barely won his race for Governor and he and Senator John Tower were the only statewide elected Republicans in the state. With a handful of supporters like Rep. Seaman, they diligently and effectively laid the foundation for the Republican sweeps we have experienced in the most recent elections and the conservative leadership at all levels of Texas government. In a way, we should all thank Rep. Seaman – if not for the Republican pioneers of the 70’s, Texas may not today be the leader among all states for business development and job growth.
And, thankfully, Rep. Seaman’s support has continued – even after realizing Republican control of the Texas legislature and all statewide offices – as he understands the importance of sustaining the infrastructure of the Republican Party so that we can continue to be the most successful state in the union for generations to come.
State Chairman Steve Munisteri stated, “I first met Gene when serving on the SREC in the early 80’s. He was one of my colleagues. He was an active supporter of the party then and he has remained an active supporter over the years as a member of the SREC, State Legislature, and now an active donor. We certainly appreciate his generosity which should serve as an example to all of us.”
Not only has Rep. Seaman supported the party financially, he has also given his time through public service. Rep. Seaman was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996 and served through 2006, representing Nueces, Aransas, Calhoun and San Patricio counties. During his time in the legislature, he was a leader among his peers on the Calendars and Insurance Committees. Gene’s commitment to public service continues today. In 2012, Rep. Seaman was sought out, and agreed to serve on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Board, effectively advocating for consumers in Texas’ Coastal Bend.