Texas Parent PAC Celebrates 10 Years of Election Success!
On July 22, 2005, five spunky moms held an Austin news conference with the Capitol press corps to announce the formation of Texas Parent PAC. "Parents are fed up," the new PAC leaders said. "The Texas Legislature has failed our children and neighborhood schools. Lawmakers continue to shortchange Texas students by refusing to adequately fund public schools."
As the Austin Chronicle reported (view article), Texas Parent PAC leaders said they intended to raise $250,000 to support Republican and Democratic legislative candidates who "put children first."
And the rest, as they say, is history! Since its founding 10 years ago, Texas Parent PAC:
- Helped to elect 52 new members of the Texas Legislature.
- Defeated 19 incumbent legislators who were not strong supporters of public education.
- Raised more than $2.4 million from about 1,500 contributors to support pro-public school legislative candidates.
- Was recognized repeatedly as one of the "Top Power PACs" in Texas.
Throughout 2015-2016, Texas Parent PAC will be celebrating its 10 years of election success with birthday parties, story-telling, and a look back at a decade of difficult and effective work by public school parents throughout the state.
How can you join in the celebration? Send a gift of money to support endorsed legislative candidates! PAC leaders will soon begin to provide support to pro-public school candidates, helping them to hire consultants and begin reaching out to voters. The anti-public school forces have huge campaign war chests, and the need for Texas Parent PAC to raise significant funding is even greater than 10 years ago.
A recognition program for PAC donors during the 10th birthday year will be announced soon. Contributions may be made on-line here, or checks may be sent to Texas Parent PAC, P.O. Box 303010, Austin, TX 78703-0051.
Thank you. Together, we are changing Texas for the better!
The five Texas Parent PAC founders at the 2005 announcement press conference were Beverly Barrow, Carolyn Boyle, Staley Gray, Ellen Jones, and Dinah Miller.
A Pro-Public School Political Action Committee
Texas Parent PAC is a bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who supports high quality public education. Our statewide group has a track record of success, helping to elect 41 legislators who are currently serving at the Texas Capitol.
Endorsed candidates reflect traditional mainstream American values that honor and support children and their families, quality public education, strong communities, unlimited opportunities, and maximum citizen participation in our democracy. All endorsed candidates support the Texas Parent PAC Guiding Principles.