Republican Party of Texas Vice Chair Cat Parks believes strongly in rugged individualism, the
importance of education, and the power of the grassroots. She is passionate about creating
cohesive relationships to grow the Party by harnessing the talent and conviction of “We the
People” of the Lone Star State. As a small-business owner, former university coach, college
adjunct instructor, cancer survivor, rancher, and certified emergency room nurse, her path has
Cat is the 2020 recipient of the Steve Munisteri Award presented by Governor Greg Abbott, Lt.
Governor Dan Patrick, and former Chairman James Dickey. The award is reserved for the
volunteer who made the greatest impact on the Republican Party of Texas. Cat served as the
County Chairman of Hamilton County, Board Member of the TRCCA, Patron of the Texas
Federation of Republican Women, and the RPT Communication Task Force. In 2019, Cat was
named Chair of the Candidate Recruitment Task Force. It was there that she led the statewide
effort to identify all Democrat incumbents for Congressional, Senate, House, Judicial, and local
races from County Judge through Constable for 2020, and created a strategic plan to recruit
Republican candidates. This successful effort began with the creation of a diverse task force of
Regional Directors who identified and activated conservative candidates in major metropolitan
areas: DFW, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, and the Rio Grande Valley. More than
3,000 Republican Candidates ran in 2020. The team recruited the highest number of female and
minority candidates in RPT history, and the state of Texas made national headlines by doubling
the number of female Congressional candidates.
Cat Parks is no stranger to conservative activism. Prior to her involvement in Texas Republican
politics, Cat co-founded and organized an 800+ member grassroots organization, founded to
protect agricultural property rights (private and commercial) that were threatened in a proposed
urban land development code. After three years, with Cat serving as president, the group
successfully prevented local government from placing restrictive measures on farmers and
ranchers, thereby preserving the agricultural economy and culture. The group received national
recognition for advocacy by the American Horse Council.
Cat holds a BA in Spanish with a minor in International Relations and an RN from Parkland
College. Before venturing into small-business ownership, she worked as a trauma nurse and
volunteered as a Spanish medical interpreter. Cat has been married to Dr. John Parks for 11
years. They share a 10-year-old son, Pierce, four grown stepchildren— Lura, Trevor, Hunter,
and Clayton—and 12 grandchildren.