Austin Republicans call on party leaders to stand firm against violence, vandalism

While still strongly supporting First Amendment freedoms, Republicans nationwide are calling on elected officials to condemn the violent crime that has regrettably become associated with recent racial justice protests.

sirens.jpgThe Travis County Republican Party approved a resolution at its 2020-21 organizational meeting this week joining a growing number of Republican organizations calling for GOP activists, party officials, and government officials to 1) condemn terrorist-like actions, 2) support the immediate arrest and prosecution of violent protesters, and 3) demand law enforcement be adequately funded despite calls by radical leftists to defund the police.

"Visitors to Austin should not have to fear for their lives just blocks away from their state capitol, and Austinites should not have to look behind their backs every time they go downtown," said Matt Mackowiak, Travis County Republican Party Chairman. "We as Republicans continue to commend our local, county, and state law enforcement for their tremendous effort keeping weekend protests safe and urge that the Austin City Council maintain full funding for the Austin Police Department. We believe a majority of voters support us in this call and urge Republican leaders at all levels to take a stand for law and order."

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2020 Primary Election results

July 14, 2020 (early voting June 29 through July 10)

✔️ = projected winner

✔️ Pete Sessions
Renee Swann


✔️ Lani Popp
Robert Morrow (TCRP recommends not voting for)

✔️ Justin Berry
Jennifer Fleck


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Let's replace Kirk Watson with a Republican!

Don Zimmerman is the leading Republican running in the Senate District 14 Special Election. He's a proven conservative, having represented taxpayers from his local MUD board to Austin City Hall. Let's send Don to the Texas Capitol to replace outgoing liberal Sen. Kirk Watson! 

Ultra-liberal Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and far-left legislator Rep. Eddie Rodriguez are in the running. Help Don Zimmerman make the runoff and turn Austin's biggest Senate District red! 

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How else can I help?

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How do I vote?

See if you're eligible to vote in SD 14 by finding your state Senate district at

Early voting begins Monday, June 29 and ends Friday, July 10. Election day coincides with the Primary Runoff on Tuesday, July 14. If no candidates get more than 50% of the vote it goes to a special election runoff later in the fall to be called by the Governor.  

Fund the Police: Tell the Austin City Council we support APD


It may seem unthinkable, but it's happening across the country -- hard Left activists are lobbying city councils to de-fund their police departments. It's in danger of happening in Minneapolis, and we suspect the Austin City Council may be considering it soon. 

Below are some ways you can get involved in supporting our law enforcement community and taking back the streets of Austin! Check this page regularly for details.


It's incredibly important that we contact not just your City Council member but the Mayor's office and all other city council offices. Even if you don't live in Austin, tell them you do business in the city and wish to see it safer for all who live, work, and play in Austin, as well as visit the Texas Capitol to be represented as citizens. A full list of contact details is below.


Let your Facebook and Twitter friends know, but don't neglect neighborhood forums such as NextDoor! 

We'll have sample text you can share on your social media accounts soon.


Archive of our LIVE video from Monday, June 8:

Posted by Travis County Republican Party on Monday, June 8, 2020


An important message from our Chairman:

>>Dear fellow Travis County Republican -

This is an urgent request.

Today the City Council will hear testimony that is critical of our Austin Police Department as radical organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and the Austin Justice Coalition are pushing an outrageous proposal to 'defund the police'.

In light of the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there has been renewed debate about police reform in our country. Debating police tactics and advancing solutions is productive. Peaceful protests are in the finest tradition of America.

But over the past week, we have seen looting, riots, obstructed highways and vandalism across our city.

The Austin Police Department is the only thing that stands between Austin residents and absolute anarchy in our city.

The simple fact is that we have a Mayor and City Council who work to undermine our law enforcement at every opportunity.

They are now considering gutting the police budget, cutting the size of police cadet classes, and they continue to constantly criticize Police Chief 
Brian Manley.

I want to ask all Republicans to support our police.

We must:

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Reagan Gala to feature U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw!

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Tailgating TCRP-style! Conventions set to reconvene

SD 14 Temporary Chairman Olga Lasher says convention can wait from the 'gate!

In order to comply with city, county, and state orders to contain coronavirus/COVID-19, the temporary chairmen of each Senatorial District convention in Travis County got resourceful.

Utilizing a pickup tailgate in the parking lot of Great Hills Baptist Church, each chairman quickly called their respective conventions to order and reconvened.

UPDATE: since county and city regulations still discourage gathering in large numbers, temporary convention chairmen will again meet briefly on May 30. No delegates or alternates are required to attend. The final convention date, and any updates on committee meetings and other business before the county convention will be announced here. We are currently looking at Saturday, June 27, 2020, as a likely date for the full convention.

The reason this is having to be done: orders to limit public gatherings to 10 persons or less happened within the time-frame required to announce the convention. So the previously ordered time and location had to be used. Since Great Hills was closed, Austinites did what we know how to do well during college football season and we tailgated it in the parking lot. 

Watch a video of the tailgate convention adjournment here via Facebook.

It's not the first time we've used a tailgate for county convention. In 2012, Senatorial District 14 expended its allotted time in Hyde Park Baptist Church's sanctuary with plenty of business left to cover. Chairman Bill Crocker moved the convention to the church's parking garage, where business took place until late in the evening by use of a megaphone and a tailgate.

Below are some photos of the reconvening tailgate party!

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Travis GOP and COVID-19

Some important notes regarding
upcoming activities and COVID-19 responses

*County/SD conventions to reconveneOut of an abundance of caution regarding the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 and in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and guidelines, we are doing what we can within state party rules to reschedule convention business. As such, Senate Districts 14, 21, 24, 25 met briefly on the originally scheduled date at Great Hills Baptist (3/21/20) and then immediately declared the meeting adjourned to reconvene on May 30. On May 30, the temporary chairman of each SD convention will again gather at Great Hills to reconvene to another date to comply with Austin and Travis County ordinances. Visit The Travis County Conventions Site for the new date when announced.  

As many of you know, our County Convention takes place every two years. The convention is comprised of four Senate Districts conventions -- SDs 14, 21, 24, and 25. Sometimes these conventions meet separately and in other years we meet together for a unified program and separate business. We have determined that this will be one of the unified convention years despite any setbacks.

Updates on committee meetings, etc: All updates will be posted to our Conventions Site at

Contribute. This is a grassroots organization and we depend on the generous small, one-time contributions of $5, $20, and $50 from delegates and Republican individuals to help us cover the costs of holding conventions. You can contribute safely and easily here:

Sponsorship. We are still producing a printed convention program, and advertising/sponsorship opportunities are still available including PowerPoint slides and information tables. See any updates at

* State convention. The Texas Republican Convention has been rescheduled for July pending official approval in an April meeting. The dates are now July 13-18, still in Houston. Updates at

* Event and meeting cancellations. Many other club events and activities are canceled or postponed. Please check our Events calendar at for any updates.

We will keep this page updated with any major developments. Check the Convention site for other details. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.


Updated 12:48 p.m. 5/19/20

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Early voting begins in the 2020 Primary

The 2020 Republican Primary begins Tuesday, Feb. 18, and ends Friday, Feb. 28. There are several early voting locations throughout Travis County (see below). For a map and any special locations/hours please visit

To learn more about who and what is appearing on your primary ballot, as well as other helpful info, please see

Railroad Commissioner Craddick to headline first Chairman's Circle of 2020

Last March, Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to Austin and stated that Texas was ground zero for Democrats in 2020. One month later the DCCC opened a brand-new Texas Headquarters office in downtown Austin, with the mission to take out Congressman Chip Roy and Congressman Michael McCaul. The threat we Republicans face in this county could not be more serious. 

We need your help to not only protect these great congressmen, but to expand our footprint in other battleground races in Travis County. We’d like to invite you to join Travis County’s most exclusive Republican donor club, the Travis County GOP Chairman’s Circle. This elite donor organization is ideal for industry leaders, business owners, and the most dedicated activists who want the best networking opportunities where you’ll enjoy one-on-one time with those who advance Republican principles in Travis County and across Texas. 

Here's a great way to help:

Our next Chairman’s Circle event is an evening reception honoring:

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick 

Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.

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Christmas Party 2019


Come celebrate the Christmas season with your Republican friends as we extend our sincerest appreciation to our supporters -- our precinct chairmen, volunteers, staff, donors, elected officials, candidates, and most importantly voters. If you are in any of these groups, you are welcome to this memorable event.

Join us for our annual Travis GOP Christmas Party hosted at 2401 Westlake Pass. Look for Santa on the balcony. Complimentary drinks and heavy appetizers included thanks to our great hosts.

Online RSVPs close at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. You may still walk up and register onsite the night of.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Street parking is available and complimentary valet will be available for anyone who needs it (thanks to the Grusendorfs). Valet parkers also appreciate your tips!

What is the suggested attire?
Christmas Cocktail or Christmas Casual -- whatever you feel is most suitable.

What should I bring to the event?
Your driver's license. We will have a security officer manning the front door who will check driver's licenses (or state-issued photo identification card) with the RSVP list. Please have yours ready to show him for quick access inside.

The Source (formerly Austin Life Care) will be the beneficiary of this year’s Travis County GOP Christmas Party. As conservatives, we believe that the government should do less and quality charities should do more. To help support that goal, please bring one or more of the following to the event:

  • Wipes

  • Diapers (especially 3, 4, 5, and 6 sizes)

  • NEW Children's Clothes (especially sizes 12mo to 3T)

  • Cash donation of $5 (or more)

Your gifted donations help The Source fulfill its mission of helping pregnant women and new mothers create a solid foundation.

Will there be any entertainment?
Live music and sing-alongs are encouraged. We'll have folks singing and playing piano again!