Politics, Evangelicals, and State of the Economy
Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Texas Republican Party, talks with Faith & Liberty’s Dave Garrison about the recent election. Dave and Chairman Munisteri also discuss how evangelicals could make a difference in elections. Other topics discussed are the threats to our religious freedoms, the results of the recent election, taxes, job creation, the financial crisis, government spending and debt, and why Texas has a more favorable business climate.
Steve Munisteri grew up in Houston, TX, and is a 39 year veteran of Republican politics in Texas and the United States as a conservative grassroots activist.
He started his involvement in Republican politics in 1972 as a volunteer for Hank Grover, Richard Nixon and John Tower. He then went on to form a conservative club at Memorial High School in Houston, and in 1975, contacted then Harris County GOP Chairman Ray Barnhardt to become involved in the Ronald Reagan for President campaign and to become more involved in the local party. He went on to serve the party in numerous volunteer capacities, including working as a precinct chairman of two different precincts in Harris County, serving as a delegate or alternate delegate to numerous state conventions, and serving on the State Republican Executive Committee for Senate District 17. He has experience in working in over 50 campaigns, in all aspects from blockwalking and phone banks, to sitting in on strategy sessions for national Presidential campaigns.
Steve also has a long history of involvement in the conservative movement. In 1976, he was selected as state Vice Chairman for Texas Young Americans for Freedom and served as state Chairman from 1977 to 1980. He also was elected to YAF's national board of directors. AS State Chairman of the Texas chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, Munisteri begun the practice of issuing legislative rankings for members of the Texas House of Representatives and State Senate. In 1980, Munisteri founded Young Conservatives of Texas, a group which continues to produce the future generations of our conservative leaders and elected officials in college campuses across the State.
Mr. Munisteri attended Memorial High School in Houston, before graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Finance with honors. He also earned a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School.
Upon graduation from law school, was hired as an associate with the law firm of Funderburk & Funderburk. Munisteri founded his own law firm in 1982, and built it up from a one man operation, to a business with 49 employees, 20 attorneys and a multi-million dollar budget. In 2008, he retired in part, so that he would be available to volunteer in political activities.
Following his election to the State Chairmanship at the 2010 Texas GOP Convention in Dallas, Mr. Munisteri obtained a second residence in Travis County and currently serves full-time as the State Party Chairman at the RPT headquarters in Austin. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/09/02/why-americas-political-destiny-hinges-on-what-happens-next-in-texas/