Dear Fellow Citizens of Texas House District 26,
During the recent campaign l asked for your support and your vote to make me your legislative voice in Austin. The race is over and I am thankful to have been elected as your Representative. I am ready to serve the people of District 26!
Many had a hand in making it happen. The who LORD guided each of us … all who worked toward making this victory possible, loyal volunteers who campaigned these many (mostly hot) months, and citizens who encouraged and supported us with contributions and votes!
“THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!”
We still live in the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD… the GREATEST STATE IN OUR COUNTRY… and the GREATEST COMMUNITY IN OUR STATE. We intend to keep it that way. Working together, we will.
Much work lies ahead as we prepare for the beginning of the 83rd Legislative Session on January 8th. We will deal with many key issues – issues that affect us locally. As promised, I will keep you advised as these issues arise and are being considered. I will continue to look to you for advice and counsel.
In closing, I repeat how honored I am to serve you. How grateful I am to be your friend.
Best Regards, Rick
Thank You District 26 Voters and Volunteers!!
From my heart to you… all who worked on the campaign… all who exercised their privilege, duty and honor to vote! Each one of you had an impact in our Republican run-off victory for Texas House District 26… and I thank you. Nearly 7000 voters expressed their confidence in me to serve as your next State Representative.
I accept your trust humbly and with renewed devotion to duty.
Together, we stand at a defining moment, an opportunity to reclaim our nation by harnessing healthcare, reducing government’s bloated bureaucracy and out of control spending. To accomplish this goal, we must elect Conservative Republicans from the State House to the White House.
The moment of truth will be the General Election on November 6th. Together, we can make it happen!
Again, I thank you for your trust.
I want to encourage everyone to see the newly released movie, “2016: Obama’s America.” If you want to learn about the history of Obama, who influenced him to think and act as he does, and what the year 2016 would look like if he gets reelected, then you MUST see this movie. It is currently playing at the First Colony AMC theaters. Do it today…or tomorrow!
Our goal and challenge is to get as many of our Primary voters back to the polls in the Run-Off Election. We are also thankful for the great help from Sonal Bhuchar and Diana Miller, two opponents in the Primary who have now graciously endorsed me in this campaign and are encouraging their supporters to do the same.
Following are the Early Voting Locations and schedule. All of the locations are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Remember, I need your vote and those of your friends and neighbors and your work associates if they live in District 26. Please go to the polls and vote for ‘RICK MILLER.’
Thank you for taking time to show-up to secure this victory!
Very best, Rick
Happy Birthday America!
LET FREEDOM RING!
The history of the founding of our country is rich with people who were willing to stand strong for their values and beliefs and who then signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Heroic people like George Washington, John Hancock, William Paca, Thomas Jefferson, George Reed, John Witherspoon, William Whipple, John Penn, George Walton, Roger Sherman, William Ellery, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few of our founders, certainly lived what they believed and were willing to risk and give their lives for their principles. You might not recognize some of the names listed above, but many of these ‘giants of men,’ 56 in total, penned their signatures on the monumental document. These men did clearly “show-up, stand-up, speak-up and serve” the citizens of our new country. Their actions unquestionably changed the world.
Now, it is time for us, in this generation, to do the same. Our opportunity is the upcoming general election on November 6, 2012. Our country is at a tipping point. The current President’s socialistic policies and actions have put us there. He has circumvented and flat out disregarded the Constitution. He is trying to take our country to a place that is far from what our founding fathers envisioned and instituted. We must not let the scales tip over. The upcoming election will determine whether or not we remain a free and prosperous nation where certain truths are evident…”that all men are created equal…with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We are “One Nation Under God”…and as the founders ended the Declaration, “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” We in our day, must do nothing less than our founders – stand strong for the future of our nation.
Wishing you the very best blessings for a safe, healthy and memorable day with your families.
Happy Birthday America!
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Our campaign has now returned to full throttle after a short break following the victory we shared in the Primary. Once again, my thanks to each one of you who served as volunteers, and every voter who helped us win with your vote. Our next goal is to win the Run-Off on July 31. With your help and with all of us working hard, we will achieve that victory on July 31st.
Sonal Bhuchar Endorses Rick Miller
Some very important and encouraging news to share with you: Sonal Bhuchar, an honorable opponent in the Primary, has endorsed me and is now supporting our campaign. Sonal and her team ran a positive and respectful campaign. We congratulate her and members of her team for their hard work and efforts throughout the Primary.
Setting the record straight with the facts
It is apparent that we need to present hard facts about my previous work as Chairman of the Republican Party of Fort Bend County.
I want to set the record straight. Some have either been innocently misled or are not fully informed as to how I became involved in the political arena and the achievements during my tenure as Chairman of the local Party. In this regard, beyond my personal desire for an accurate presentation of the facts, there are several other people who also want to voice their participation during the critical period before the Run-Off election.
The timeline of my participation in the Republican Party is as follows:
March 2006: Elected in the Primary in a two-person race as Precinct Chairman in 4119. Prior to this date I had no direct participation with the Party other than attending Precinct, Senatorial and Republican Party of Texas Conventions beginning in 2002. I had worked in several campaigns and was a member of the “Mighty Texas Strike Force” in 2004 that went to Pittsburgh to support President Bush in his reelection.
November 2007: Elected in a special election by the Executive Committee as Chairman, following the sudden resignation of the previous Chairman and all the Officers with the exception of the Vice Chairman.
March 2008 & 2010: Re-elected as Republican County Chairman in county-wide elections.
August 2011: After serving nearly four years as the Chairman, resigned to consider other opportunities in the political arena.
During my service as Chairman, there are Party accomplishments that have been misrepresented in a local paper that should be addressed with factual information in fairness to all involved.
Financial growth of the Party
When I became Chairman in November 2007, the Party had about $83,000 in financial assets. When I left in August 2011, the financial assets totaled over $139,000, a 67% increase, even after giving funds to candidates in both the 2008 and 2010 General Elections, helping fund a robust Communications program and campaign/election newsletters along with a host of other activities headed by various members of the EC.
Successes of the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner from 2008 to 2011
The Lincoln-Reagan Dinners (LRD) from 2008 through 2011, generated over $250,000 in fundraising profit through these great events. Keynote speakers included: Governor Rick Perry, Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, State Senator Brian Birdwell, radio/TV host Laura Ingraham, political activist Karl Rove and former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. Nearly 800 people attended the event at the Texas Safari Ranch in 2011 with Karl Rove.
Growth in the number of Precinct Chairs
Grew the number of Precinct Chairs to over 105, the largest number of Precincts represented on the Executive Committee in many years, if not the highest number ever.
Vast increase in the number of people participating in the decision-making process of the Party and serving on committees.
Established 10 functioning committees generally with a minimum of 8 people serving on each committee, representing all of the Commissioner Precincts, giving all parts of Ft. Bend a voice in party activities. This action fulfilled a commitment to transfer the decision-making actions of the Party away from years of "top-down" rule from the Chairman into a healthier, "bottom-up" political body design working through the Committees and the Executive Committee. The governing By-Laws were written to ensure that all decisions were made by the members of the Executive Committee with an effort to maximize the number of people participating in the process of the Party.
The election results during this period include:
Republicans currently hold 29 of 34 elected offices in the County and State Representative offices.
Growth in Republican voting in 2008 and 2010 Primaries and General Elections.
The Party Headquarters operation during the 2008 and 2010 campaigns were very successful. Both were hubs of activity staffed with a terrific cast of volunteers, many of whom were newly and constructively engaged in the process, and have remained involved.
Campaign resources were given to contested candidates in the 2008 and 2010 campaigns based on Candidate Committee recommendations, the first in the history of the Party to my knowledge.
Large group of volunteers, new and experienced, served as Poll Watchers in the 2008 and 2010 General Elections.
Establishment of a Federal Party Committee in 2010 for the sole purpose of supporting Congressman Pete Olson and other Federal Candidates in the General Election. This has since been disestablished due to financial constraints, but when it was active, the Party’s HQ was used jointly by the Party and Congressman Olson’s team.
Chairman awards were given at each LRD to Precinct Chairs, Volunteer of the Year. We held fast to the annual Adolphus Award each year in recognizing our wonderful volunteers. This was a priority.
1. Healthcare Forum: Special community event in 2009 headed by Mike & Tina Gibson to discuss concerns of citizens and healthcare professionals regarding "Obamacare."
2. FBCGOP Picnic: Great event in conjunction with 2010 general election providing a real soapbox "stage" for candidates who were running for office.
3. TEA Party: First TEA party event planned and coordinated by Chairman Rick Miller and Precinct Chair Tina Gibson, creating a forum for citizens to gather to affirm the US Constitution, lower taxes and less government.
4. Multiple Candidate Forums: including the very successful Pecan Grove Forum enacted in conjunction with energetic Tea Party members.
The record of achievement is clear and attested to by the following officers and Committee Chair’s of the Fort Bend Republican Party Executive Committee with whom I served:
Rick Miller, Former FBCGOP Chairman
Mickey Mixon, Vice Chairman
Debra Ross, Secretary
Frank Hester, Treasurer
Ozzie Bayazitoglu, Finance Committee Chairman
Richard Whitmore, Events Committee Chairman
Gary Hamilton, Precinct Development Chairman
Ryan Johnson, Outreach Chairman
David Savage, Communications Chairman
In closing, we encourage each of you to vote in the Run-Off election on July 31st, and preferably during early voting July 23rd to July 27th. When you go to the polls, please take 10 of your family members, friends, neighbors or work associates with you.
In the next edition, coming to you before July 4th, I will address several critical issues facing the 83rd Legislature.
Attached is picture of AgFund presentation to Rick Miller, Texas House District 26 candidate.
Pictured L to R:
Johnnie Cooper, Fort Bend County Board Secretary
Ross Werlla, Fort Bend County Board Vice President
Rick Miller, Candidate for Texas House District 26
Bob Reed, Farm Bureau District 11 Director from Bay City
WHEN SAYING “THANK YOU” IS JUST NOT ENOUGH
Winning the District 26 Texas State Representative primary election by 2,000 votes is both encouraging and humbling. Our team of volunteers extended themselves beyond our fondest dreams.
Encouraging and thankful because - by faith and perseverance - we climbed high mountains, overcame many obstacles, in our “grassroots” journey to victory.
Humbling because you, by your vote and support, put your trust in me to be your strong voice in Austin. Your concerns are my concerns, and I pledge to voice those concerns often - and loudly - on such core values as family, faith, and freedom from excessive government regulations.
My background prepared me and has given me confidence I need to take this next step alongside you. I am an Annapolis graduate, a veteran and proven leader who reached the rank of Captain in a 30-year career.
In both the military and now in the business world, I proved it is possible to live within a budget. Government should also live within its means. As your representative, I will fight to require all state agencies to cut waste and spend your tax dollars wisely. There are many more concerns to deal with on the horizon. I promise, our voice will be heard.
To make it happen, I need your help: volunteer to walk, call friends and neighbors to join you, by contributing to our “grassroots” cause, and - most importantly - your vote.
The journey to Austin isn’t over until final votes are counted July 31. That means more hard work ahead. With our faith as our guide, together, we will win again.
RICK MILLER PICKS UP KEY ENDORSEMENTS
Senator Dan Patrick endorses Rick Miller for House District 26
"Rick Miller is a proven leader that has served his country
and community with distinction.
We need his conservative leadership in the Texas House of Representatives."
Senator Dan Patrick, Texas State Senate
Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum
endorses Rick Miller for Texas House District 26
"Rick Miller is a splendid candidate for the Texas House of Representatives. He is a strong defender of life and traditional families. Rick is also a staunch fiscal conservative with the business acumen needed to be a leader Statesman in the Texas House. Rick Miller proved his allegiance to the U.S. Constitution during his 30 year career in the U.S. Navy. I am proud to endorse Rick and I encourage all my friends in House District 26 to vote for Rick Miller on May 29."