Travis GOP to co-host CD 21 candidates forum


The Travis County GOP and the Hays County GOP have scheduled a joint candidate forum on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 6-8pm at the TDS Exotic Game Ranch (right on the county line), 11508 Carl Rd, Buda, TX 78610.

We will have all the candidates who can attend participate together. There are 18 candidates, so this will be a major undertaking! If you're close to any of the campaigns please put in a good word for this forum as we hope to have ALL candidates present.

We plan to livestream the event.

More details TBA.

There's also a Facebook Event, linked to the Eventbrite:

Ken Paxton to headline first Chairman's Circle exclusive event (postponed to Jan. 24)

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the Ken Paxton event for Chairman's Circle members has been moved to Wednesday, Jan. 24. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the bright side is that the deadline for registration has been extended to Monday, Jan. 22! Let us know ASAP if you would like to join and attend.


Introducing the 2018 TCRP Chairman's Circle
Become a Chairman's Circle member and join us JAN. 24 as we host the first of 4 exclusive Chairman's Circle events in 2018. We'll kick the year off with a limited space, private dinner featuring Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Interested? As a 2018 inaugural participant, you'll be part of Travis County's most exclusive Republican donor club, ideal for industry leaders, elected officials, and the most dedicated activists who want the best networking opportunities and enjoy one-on-one time with those who advance Republican principles in both Travis County and across Texas.

Contact Chairman Matt Mackowiak (512-423-6116 or or Finance Chairwoman Cornelia Foster Wood ( Join The Chairman's Circle by Jan. 9 for the opportunity to attend this very special event. Event details provided upon enrollment.

Please see donation levels and benefits are available at:



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2018 Reagan Gala date announced


More information coming soon. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Lauren Day at

Day to succeed Carroll as Deputy Executive Director

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File photo: Day sworn in as a Travis GOP Secretary by then-Chairman James Dickey.
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2017: What a year!

As we come to the end of 2017, it strikes me that we have had quite a year!
Here's a quick summary:


> Gary Teal appointed TCRP Executive Director.
> Tracey Carroll appointed Deputy Executive Director.


> The annual TCRP Reagan Gala was held, featuring U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Land Commissioner George P. Bush, with 200+ people attending and resulting in a net profit of over $60,000.


> James Dickey elected Republican Party of Texas chairman (for unexpired term, ending in 2018)
> Matt Mackowiak elected TCRP chairman (for unexpired term, ending June 2018).


> 1st ever Summer Bash with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick with 300 tickets sold and 280+ people in attendance.
> TCRP hits $100,000 annual revenue goal.


> First TCRP-sponsored Abbott University training held (on a thunderous and rainy night!), resulting in more than 25 volunteers trained.
> Patrick McGuinness appointed TCRP Executive Vice Chair.


> TCRP moves into an expanded office on the same floor of our current building, to allow the party and the primary operations to be co-located (saving us money).
Michael Morris appointed Primary Administrator.
> TCRP expanded to ten full committees and approved the appointment of committee chairs.
> Second Abbott University training held, resulting in more than 20 volunteers trained.


> Joint 2018 Senate District Convention date and location was confirmed and announced - the earliest this has ever been done (SD 14, 21, 24 and 25, Saturday, Mar. 24, East Austin College Prep., 5800 E. MLK Blvd). Sponsorship info here!

> Our new website is unveiled on the NationBuilder platform --


> The annual TCRP Christmas Party was held at the home of Kent & Elise Grusendorf with over 150 people in attendance, including 16 elected officials and candidates (resulting in 150+ pounds of food and $250 donated to the Central Texas Food Bank).
> TCRP Chairman's Circle announced (see below for details).
> The primary ballot draw was held for all contested races in Travis County.
> TCRP's chairman, executive vice chairman, executive director, deputy executive director and communications director hold a planning meeting for 2018.



Can you help?

Please consider making a year-end contribution to the Travis County GOP here.

Any gift you can make will help us grow the party, elect more Republicans and advance conservatism in 2018.

Thank you!
Matt Mackowiak, 
Travis County Republican Party

Filing deadline for the 2018 Primary

The candidate filing deadline for the 2018 primary is6 p.m., Dec. 11, at Travis GOP Headquarters, 9420 Research Blvd.
Echelon III, Suite 200 – 2J, Austin. Headquarters will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Michael Morris, Secretary, at (512)302-1776. More information for prospective candidates may be found here:

Official notice ...

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TCRP Christmas & Appreciation Party

Join us for our annual Travis GOP Christmas Party hosted at Elise and the Honorable Kent Grusendorf's West Austin home. Look for Santa on the balcony.

Not only do we want to celebrate the Christmas season with our Republican friends but we also want to extend our sincerest appreciation to our supporters -- our precinct chairmen, our volunteers, our staff, our donors, our elected officials, and most importantly our voters. If you're a supporter of the Travis GOP in any way you are welcome to this memorable event.

RSVP and learn more:


Sanctuary cities victory: most of law upheld in 5th Circuit

Today's decision to uphold the meat of the Texas anti-sanctuary cities law will have a major impact on Travis County, which thanks to a Democrat monopoly on local leadership, turned the Austin area into a "sanctuary county" where immigration law enforcement is completely arbitrary. But perhaps not for long:

"In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will allow Texas to enforce part of its sanctuary cities law while it appeals a lower court ruling that blocked it from going into effect." 




Chairman's priorities for 2018


In his monthly report, Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak reviewed his top priorities for the 2018 campaign year at our September executive committee meeting. Below is that portion of his report:


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Speaker election reform resolution passes


The following is the resolution that passed via a show of hands at the September Travis County GOP Executive Committee meeting. It is posted as submitted with no edits. 

Texas Speaker Reform Resolution
Approved Sept. 12, 2017

Resolution concerning Texas House Speaker and reform of Texas Speaker election process:

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