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State Representative Linda Harper-Brown
(R-Irving) was elected president of the Board of Directors of the Texas
Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), an Austin-based public
policy research foundation. The election was held earlier in April but the
announcement was made at a policy conference featuring former Florida Governor
Jeb Bush and Attorney General Greg Abbott.

 

TCCRI was founded in 1996 by state
legislators who had a vision to develop and implement conservative public
policies in state government. TCCRI has distinguished itself as a leading
state-based think tank, living up to its mission of shaping public policy
through a principled approach to government. Its research reports and policy
forums have been instrumental in generating proposals that are shaping Texas
government and influencing a new generation of conservative leadership.

 

State Representative Warren Chisum (R-Pampa),
who is leaving the Texas Legislature after twenty-two years of public service,
had served as president of TCCRI since the organization’s inception. He stated:
“Over the past fifteen years, TCCRI has grown to play an important role in
driving the direction of policy debates in Austin and around the state. Under
the leadership of Linda Harper-Brown and her conservative colleagues, TCCRI
will continue to grow and succeed.” Rep. Chisum will now serve as
President Emeritus on the TCCRI Board of Directors.

 

Rep. Harper-Brown stated: “We owe Warren
a great debt of gratitude for leading TCCRI with clarity and dignity for
fifteen years. He will be sorely missed in the Texas House of Representatives
but we are so pleased that Warren will continue to serve on the TCCRI Board. I
know that I will be seeking guidance from him as I strive to continue his good
work.”

 

On being named only the second Board
president in the organization’s history, Rep. Harper-Brown stated: “TCCRI
is uniquely positioned to develop thoughtful and successful public policy
recommendations because we consider the input of public and private sector
leaders, stakeholders, issue experts, and the general public. I look forward to
continuing and building upon the exceptional efforts led by Rep. Chisum at
TCCRI.”

 

John Colyandro, Executive Director of TCCRI,
stated: “Rep. Harper-Brown is a strong and decisive member of the
Legislature, whose personal commitment to learning and leadership has allowed
her to be recognized as one of ablest and most effective conservatives in the
Texas House. Her virtues will be invaluable in helping TCCRI continue to
fulfill its mission of a principled approach to state government.”

 

TCCRI maintains an ambitious schedule of
policy development work, meeting, and events, including four additional Energy
Summits to be held this year, as well as a Health Care Summit, and a Technology
Summit in cities across the state.

 

In addition to Rep. Harper-Brown’s election
as Board president, the following officers were chosen to lead TCCRI:

 

State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) Vice
President

State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) Vice
President

State Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) Vice
President

State Rep. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) Vice
President

Mr. Bill Oswald Vice President

State Rep. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland
Hills) Secretary

Mrs. Lara Keel Treasurer

State Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) President
Emeritus

 

The officers’ two-year term runs from 2012
through 2013. In a related matter, Chairman Barry Smitherman of the Railroad
Commission of Texas was also elected as a Board member. He is the first
statewide-elected official to serve on the TCCRI Board.

 

Mr. Colyandro concluded: “With Rep.
Harper-Brown as president of the TCCRI Board for the next two years, we are
poised not only to continue to succeed as a public policy research foundation,
but will rise to meet new challenges, always guided by conservative
principles.”

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