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General Meeting - Midland Country Club
MIDLAND COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S
AUGUST 12, 2015
Heidi Nelson Cruz is the wife of Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz. She was born on August 07, 1972. She was working with the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000, as was Ted, when they met and got married the following year. She was involved in the public sector having served in the White House as the Economic Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, under then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice; as the Director of the Latin America Office at the U.S. Treasury Department; and as Special Policy Assistant to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, then U.S. Trade Representative.
Heidi is a highly educated woman. She received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a Masters of European Business from Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College. She has written many book chapters including “Expanding Opportunity Through Free Trade,” a book chapter in EXCHANGE RATE POLICIES FOR EMERGING MARKET ECONOMIES, and a Harvard Case Study, “American International Group”.
Heidi began her career as an investment banker with JP Morgan in New York, focusing on Latin America mergers and acquisitions and structured finance. She is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council and serves on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Advancement Board of Yes Prep Public Schools of Houston.
She lives in Houston with her husband, Ted, who was elected in 2012 to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. They have two daughters, Caroline and Catherine.
Texas House of Representative
When Tom Craddick was 25 years old, he decided to seek office in the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican from his hometown of Midland. At the time, Texas was a one-party state, and many thought him foolhardy. His father, R. F. Craddick, warned the young Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University against it. "Texas is run by Democrats," he told him. "You can´t win." But Craddick proved his father and many others wrong, and was elected as one of only nine Republicans in the 150-seat House.
His tenure has been characterized by landmark events. His initial years at the Capitol were focused on revitalizing the Texas GOP, but in 1971 he gained respect from both sides when he joined a bipartisan group of reformists dubbed "The Dirty 30" that was pushing for changes in House Ethics. In 1975, Speaker Bill Clayton appointed Craddick as the first Republican committee chairman in 100 years, and he continued to hold chairmanships under Clayton´s successors, Gib Lewis and Pete Laney.
On January 11, 2003 he made state history when, subsequent to his 34-year tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he became the first Republican Speaker after helping gain the Republican Majority in the House-for the first time in more than 130 years.
Craddick served as speaker from January 2003 - January 2009. During that time, Texas went from a $10 billion budget shortfall to a $10 billion budget surplus. The legislature passed landmark tort reform which reduced frivolous lawsuits and reversed skyrocketing medical liability insurance costs, resulting in more doctors moving to Texas and expanding access to care. The legislature also passed the largest property tax cut in Texas history under Craddick´s watch, and reformed a school finance system that had been ruled unconstitutional by the Texas Supreme Court.
As Speaker, Craddick demonstrated an appreciation for diversity and bipartisanship by appointing a record number of women and minorities -- including 12 Democrats -- as chairmen.
Craddick is also a successful businessman. He is a sales representative for Horizon Mud Company, owns Craddick Properties, a Midland investment business, and is president of Craddick, Inc.
Craddick holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. Craddick married the former Nadine Nayfa, a native of Sweetwater, in 1969. They have two children, Christi and Thomas Russell, Jr. Their son, Tommy, married the former Laura Parker in 2004. Craddick and Nadine have a grandson, Tripp, and two granddaughters, Claire and Catherine.
WEDNESDAY – August 12, 2015
BUFFET LINE OPENS AT 11:15 - General meeting to follow at 11:40
PLACE: Midland Country Club, 6101 N. Hwy 349, Midland
$20 with a reservation - $25 without a reservation
Reservations must be received/canceled no later than
Monday, March 9th at NOON
We have added an “express line” for the membership luncheons. After you make your reservation for the luncheon by phone or e-mail response and have a check made out to MCRW with your name on it, someone will come down the line and stamp your hand to enter the luncheon. You may then proceed to the name tag table if you wish to have a name tag. Those paying cash must get in the “regular” line to pay your luncheon fee. The “express line” should speed up the entrance time to the luncheon.
Midland County Republican Women is the largest and most active Republican Women’s Club in the nation. It is the backbone of the Midland County Republican Party and provides countless volunteer hours to
state, and local Republican candidates.
Luncheon meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from August through May. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m.
November 14 - Officer Installation
December 11 - MCRW Membership Brunch