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Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst
A native Texan, proud military veteran, successful businessman and rancher, David Dewhurst has served as Lieutenant Governor and President of the Texas Senate since 2003. Through six regular sessions and twelve special sessions of the Texas Legislature, Dewhurst has championed legislation to create new jobs, expand economic opportunity, improve public and higher education, and ensure public safety.
As a successful businessman with an optimistic, solution-oriented approach to public service, Dewhurst has worked hard to make Texas a national leader in job creation and the best place in America to do business. A strong fiscal conservative, he helped pass the largest tax cut in state history, has balanced six state budgets, and has continued to protect taxpayers by building and maintaining a healthy reserve in the state's Rainy Day Fund. As a result, Texas' economy has grown faster than the national economy, and more Texans are employed now than at any other time in our state's history.
The Dallas Morning News called Dewhurst's leadership of the Texas Senate "a demonstration of steadiness, resolve and consensus building." The Houston Chronicle has called Dewhurst "an exceptional leader."
In 1998, Dewhurst became the first Republican since Reconstruction to be elected Texas Land Commissioner. He reduced the workforce and budget at the Texas General Land Office and turned back money to Texas taxpayers each of two biennia.
At the height of the Cold War, Dewhurst dedicated his young adult life to serving his country – first in the U.S. Air Force, then in the CIA and later in the State Department. When he left government service, he returned to Houston to begin his career in business. In the early 1980s, he started his own company, but like so many other Texas businesses at the time, he lost nearly everything when the oil and gas and real estate markets went bust. Dewhurst gradually built back all that he had lost and more, and earned his reputation as an innovative and successful businessman.
Dewhurst has been a longtime community leader in his hometown of Houston, where he has served on numerous civic and charitable boards. A college basketball player at the University of Arizona and champion cutting-horse rider, Dewhurst was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2009. He lives in Houston with his wife, Tricia, and their young daughter, Carolyn.
The Honorable Quico Canseco
Francisco "Quico" Canseco was born in Laredo, Texas, and is the second of 8 children born to Mexican immigrant parents. Quico is married to Gloria, and they have three children. He holds an undergraduate and a law degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri and has more than 35 years experience in banking-finance, real estate and energy. From 1995 through 2010, he served on the board of the Hondo National Bank in Hondo, Texas, chairing the holding company board and the asset-liability committee of the bank; he was president of his family real estate development company, and together with his siblings through the Canseco Foundation, he has served communities of South Texas with education and health care projects. In 2010, Quico was elected to represent the 23rd congressional district of Texas in the 112th Congress. Prior to his election he served on a number of hospital and school boards as well as San Antonio CASA ,the advisory board of Voces Action where he currently serves as its chairman. He is a board member of the Canseco Foundation, set up by his brothers and sisters, and he has for almost twenty years served the needs of education and health care to the youth of South Texas. He is a parishioner of St. Matthews church. While serving in Congress and throughout his life he has exemplified the Christian value his parents instilled in him. Quico lives in San Antonio with his wife of 35 years.