Texas Senate Republican Caucus Hires First Ever Executive Director

January 19, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus today announced the hiring of Rachel Dawson White for the position of Executive Director. Rachel is the former Chief of Staff for Heidi Cruz from Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and was unanimously selected by Caucus members for the position.

“The Senate Republican Caucus is an important public policy nexus as we are the majority party in the upper chamber of the largest ‘red’ state in the union,” said Chairman Bettencourt. “Rachel is uniquely qualified as the former Chief of Staff for Heidi Cruz as well as through her work with former Governor Rick Perry and the Republican Governors Association. If she can keep up with Heidi Cruz on a presidential campaign and with 30 Republican governors, she is perfect for a 20 member Republican senate caucus!”

Rachel Dawson White has previously worked for former Texas Governor Rick Perry as well as the Republican Governors Association. Due to the public policy role that the Texas Senate majority party can play in the largest Republican state in the United States, the Republican Senate Caucus has organized and expanded its activities to take on a more proactive role in shaping public policy in Texas. The Texas Senate Republican Caucus Executive Committee consists of Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), Vice-Chair Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), and Treasurer Van Taylor (R-Plano).

“As the Vice-Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus and the former Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, I know how important a strong Executive Director is,” said Vice-Chair Brandon Creighton. “This is a first for the Senate Republican Caucus and I am confident that Rachel will prove to be a strong and effective leader as we work to pass a conservative agenda for the citizens of Texas.”

Caucus Treasurer Van Taylor added, “Heidi Cruz praised Rachel as talented and trustworthy with proven results exceeding expectations. I look forward to Rachel taking the helm as Executive Director of the Senate Republican Caucus and utilizing her ability to advance conservative solutions for Texas.”

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Florida and is recently married to Drew White, who is the former domestic policy advisor to Senator Ted Cruz and is currently a policy consultant for conservative causes.

Following in the footsteps of Senator Cruz and Heidi, who met during the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign, we are happy to see history repeat itself and have Rachel, who met her husband on the Cruz presidential campaign, join our team,” quipped Chairman Bettencourt.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus is organized to promote, protect and defend conservative Texas values. Twenty State Senators make up the Republican Caucus, serving constituencies from West Texas and the Big Country to East Texas, and from Houston and Dallas to Amarillo.


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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here:

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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

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