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AUSTIN — September 5th, 2013 — Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips as well as former Texas Supreme Court Justices Craig T. Enoch, Harriet O’Neill and Alberto Gonzales joined a growing list of conservative judges, attorneys, public servants and grassroots leaders who have endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General.
“As a leading legislator and an accomplished member of the bar, Dan has demonstrated that he has the intelligence, integrity and energy to be a great Attorney General,” Justice Phillips said. “He will diligently and effectively prosecute wrong-doers, protect honest citizens, and defend our state’s interests as our state’s highest lawyer.” Chief Justice Phillips served on the Texas Supreme Court from 1988 until 2004.
Texas conservatives want their next Attorney General to carry on the legacy of Greg Abbott. So it is significant that every member of General Abbott’s leadership team to have endorsed a candidate for Attorney General has endorsed Dan Branch to succeed Abbott—including every top former deputy appointed by General Abbott since the election of President Obama.
“When I first announced my campaign for Attorney General, I vowed to carry on General Abbott’s legacy of defending the Constitution and fighting back against this overreaching federal government,” said Branch. “So I’m deeply humbled that General Abbott’s former top deputies have endorsed me as his successor.”
“General Abbott selected the finest conservative legal minds in Texas to fulfill his vision,” Branch added. “As Attorney General, I intend to appoint constitutional conservatives like Ted Cruz and Jim Ho to help lead the office.” Cruz and Ho both served as Solicitor General under General Abbott. Cruz is now the junior U.S. Senator from Texas.
Jim Ho introduced Branch and his family at his campaign announcement event. He is General Abbott’s most recent former Solicitor General, the state’s chief Supreme Court and appellate lawyer. He previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and as chief counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
Ho is joined by a number of other former senior members of General Abbott’s leadership team in announcing their support for Branch.
These individuals oversaw the entire range of the Attorney General’s office under General Abbott. They include Abbott’s lead counsel against Obamacare, his lead counsel against the EPA, his lead defender of the Second Amendment, and his lead defender of Texas voter ID and election laws against the Obama Administration:
Andrew Weber is General Abbott’s most recent former First Assistant Attorney General, the most senior official under General Abbott. Weber has worked with General Abbott across nearly two decades—serving as briefing attorney to then-Texas Supreme Court Justice Abbott, clerk of the Texas Supreme Court, and Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel.
Justice Kent Sullivan preceded Weber as General Abbott’s former First Assistant Attorney General. He has also served as a justice on the Texas Court of Appeals and as a Texas district judge in Houston
Sean Jordan is General Abbott’s most recent former Principal Deputy Solicitor General, handpicked by General Abbott and then-Solicitor General Ted Cruz to represent Texas before the United States Supreme Court. The legal team of Cruz and Jordan fought and won numerous constitutional victories at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Texas—including protecting Texas sovereignty against the World Court (Medellin v. Texas) and defending the Second Amendment (District of Columbia v. Heller).
Bill Cobb is General Abbott’s most recent former Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation. In that role, Cobb served as General Abbott’s lead litigator in numerous suits defending Texas against the Obama Administration—including the historic 26-state suit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, as well as multiple suits against the EPA.
Ruth Hughs is General Abbott’s most recent former Associate Deputy Attorney for Civil Litigation. Abbott later named her the Director of Defense Litigation, defending Texas in courts across the state.
Eric Nichols is General Abbott’s most recent former Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice. He led General Abbott’s efforts to defend voter ID laws in the Texas Legislature. He also oversaw Abbott’s efforts to protect children against cyber predators.
Rebecca Gregory is General Abbott’s most recent former Associate Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice. She joined the Abbott team immediately after serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, appointed by President George W. Bush. She previously served as a criminal district judge on the 283rd District Court, appointed by Governor Rick Perry.
David Schenck is General Abbott’s most recent former Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel. Schenck also served as General Abbott’s lead trial counsel in defending Texas election laws against legal challenges by Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department.
Jonathan Frels preceded Schenck as General Abbott’s Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel. He previously served as General Abbott’s Chief of the Public Finance Division.
Based on his record as a constitutional conservative, Dan Branch has earned the support of Senator Ted Cruz’s most prominent advisors and earliest supporters. As a state representative, Dan Branch worked closely with Attorney General Greg Abbott and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz to strengthen their ability to defend the State of Texas against constitutional attack and to protect religious liberty and restore prayer in Texas schools.
“I worked with Senator Cruz when he served as Solicitor General under Greg Abbott. Together, we fought religious discrimination and defended my moment of silence law, and Texas won,” Branch said. “When I announced my campaign for Attorney General, I said that I would appoint the smartest constitutional conservatives in Texas, like Ted Cruz. So I am honored to receive the endorsement of so many of Senator Cruz’s top legal advisors.”
Those supporters include:
Justice Kent Sullivan and Sean Jordan, two of Cruz’s closest colleagues when he served as Solicitor General. Sullivan was Abbott’s First Assistant Attorney General, and Jordan was Cruz’s Deputy Solicitor General. Together, the legal team of Abbott, Sullivan, Cruz, and Jordan fought and won numerous constitutional victories at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Texas—including protecting Texas sovereignty against the World Court and defending the Second Amendment. Both Sullivan and Jordan later served on Cruz’s Senate campaign finance committee during the 2012 primary.
Brad Knippa, Senator Cruz’s campaign treasurer. Knippa, a leading Texas conservative lawyer, also served as a member of the board of directors for Ted Cruz for Senate.
C. Boyden Gray, a member of Senator Cruz’s national leadership team. As White House Counsel under President George H.W. Bush, Gray shepherded the appointment of Justice Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
James L. Bayless, Jr., a long time conservative lawyer, Reagan appointee and prominent member of Senator Cruz’s campaign finance committee and Senate transition team.
Jim Ho, Cruz’s successor as Solicitor General. Ho served as a member of the board of directors for Ted Cruz for Senate, as a member of Senator Cruz’s Senate transition team and campaign finance committee, and as co-chair of his Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Stephen Cox, a leading conservative lawyer and co-chair of Senator Cruz’s campaign finance committee.
Marcella Burke, a rising constitutional lawyer and member of Senator Cruz’s campaign finance committee.
Jaime Ramón, a leading Texas conservative attorney and member of Senator Cruz’s campaign finance committee.
Aaron Streett, a former United States Supreme Court judicial clerk and member of Senator Cruz’s campaign finance committee.
Charles Eskridge, a leading conservative lawyer, member of Senator Cruz’s campaign finance committee and Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Erin Nealy Cox, a distinguished Texas attorney and member of Senator Cruz’s Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Chief Justice Tom Phillips, a former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and member of Senator Cruz’s Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee.
AUSTIN – Thirty members of the Texas Young Republican Federation (TYRF)* have endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General. Current members of the statewide board and numerous local chapter leaders have thrown their support behind the Texans for Dan Branch campaign, citing Branch’s conservative principles, record of results, and longtime support of Young Republicans across Texas.
These key young Republican activists join a growing group of Texas conservatives who have supported Dan Branch for Attorney General, including former top deputies to Attorney General Greg Abbott and a majority of the Texas House Republican Caucus who have endorsed the Branch campaign in the last ten days.
Constitutional Leadership Team
In honor of Constitution Day, Representative Dan Branch, Republican candidate for Attorney General of Texas, announces the formation of his Constitutional Leadership Team.
The team includes two icons of the constitutional conservative movement: C. Boyden Gray and Leonard Leo. The team also includes 10 former deputies to Attorney General Greg Abbott and 10 legal and campaign advisers to Senator Ted Cruz—including Eric Nichols and Ruth Hughs, who also announce their endorsement of Branch for Texas Attorney General today.
U.S. Supreme Court Law Clerks
Conservative Former U.S. Supreme Court Law Clerks
On the opening day of the 2013-14 U.S. Supreme Court term, Dan Branch, Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, announced the endorsement of a coalition of conservative former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks and other leading constitutional conservative lawyers—including George Fibbe, Jeremy Kernodle, Cameron Kinvig, Brad Knippa, Brandt Leibe, Matt Miller, Michael J. Norton, Jeff Oldham, Will Peterson, Michelle Stratton, Aaron Streett, and Evan Young.
“Representing Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of the Texas Attorney General,” said Branch. “I’m honored that a coalition of Texans who clerked for our nation’s most conservative justices have chosen me to fight for Texas.”
Texas Federalist Society Leaders
Texas Federalist Society Leaders
Conservative Texas lawyers George Fibbe, Jeremy Kernodle, Cameron Kinvig, and Matt Miller have endorsed Branch for Texas Attorney General. Each is a leading member of the Federalist Society—the nation’s most prestigious organization of volunteer constitutional conservative attorneys.* Fibbe, Kinvig, and Miller are the current Presidents of the Society’s Houston, Dallas, and Austin Lawyers Chapters, respectively, and Kernodle is the Dallas Chapter’s Vice President.
“No organization has done more for constitutional conservatism than the Federalist Society,” said Branch. “Behind virtually every conservative legal cause in America, you will find a group of hard-charging, hard-working Federalist Society members, using their intellectual firepower to turn conservative constitutional theory into reality.”
“As a Federalist Society speaker and advocate of limited government, I’m humbled to have the support of Society leaders and so many of the top conservative lawyers entrusted by Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to fight and win the great constitutional battles of our time,” added Branch.
Texans for Dan Branch announced today that the DPSOA-PAC, the political arm of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association, has endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. As one of the largest groups of law enforcement officers in Texas, DPSOA represents nearly 3,800 men and women who daily pledge their lives to protect Texans across the state.
“Dan Branch has a proven record of being tough on crime and standing up for law enforcement,” said President Gary Chandler, DPSOA-PAC. “Branch has a strong record of supporting law enforcement and the state’s commissioned peace officers, and we want to add our voice in recognition of his efforts as a champion of law and order.”
AUSTIN – Dan Branch has announced the support of leading grassroots Republican women across Texas. The announcement of over 125 officers, former officers and members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW) supporters comes shortly after filing his candidacy for Texas Attorney General.
“The Texas Federation of Republican Women is the backbone of the grassroots Republican movement here in Texas,” said Branch. ”They have done a tremendous job of mobilizing and uniting our party throughout the state. TFRW has an impressive history of helping Republican candidates get elected to office. I am proud to have so many of the leaders and members of this outstanding organization support my campaign for Texas Attorney General.”
Among the list of supporters are statewide leaders, including current TFRW Vice President of Special Events Debra Coffey; former TFRW Vice President of Finance Marilyn Davis; former TFRW President Taffy Goldsmith; and TFRW Military Liaison Brigitte Izzo.
Texas Apartment Association
AUSTIN – The Texas Apartment Association (TAA) has announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General.
“Dan Branch stands up for limited government,” said George B. Allen, TAA’s Executive Vice President. “Dan is a strong, well-respected leader who has the talent and experience to serve our state well as Attorney General. We know that, under Dan’s leadership, the Attorney General’s office will continue to protect state policies that help keep Texas’ economic climate healthy and limit excessive government regulation.”
“With over 1,000 people moving to Texas per day, it is clear that our sensible regulations and conservative, pro-growth policies have made the Lone Star State the envy of the nation,” said Dan Branch. “As Attorney General, I will carry on Greg Abbott’s legacy of protecting the laws that have made this remarkable economic boom possible. I will provide the tough, competent leadership necessary to ensure that Texas continues to shine.”
Texas Farm Bureau (AGFUND)
AUSTIN – The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) AGFUND has announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General.
“Dan Branch is a champion of Texas private property rights,” said TFB and AGFUND President Kenneth Dierschke. ”As our next Attorney General, Dan will continue Greg Abbott’s legacy of fighting against encroaching federal regulations.”
“As the voice of Texas agriculture and the representative of millions of Texas farmers, the endorsement of the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND is important and I am thankful for their leadership and support,” Branch said. ”In the Office of Attorney General, I will protect property rights and ensure that Texas landowners have access to fair and timely judicial process.”
Texas Association of Builders (HOMEPAC)
AUSTIN – HOMEPAC, on behalf of the Texas Association of Builders — which represents nearly 10,000 members, announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General.
“Dan Branch is a defender of free enterprise,” said Robert Wood, Chairman of the HOMEPAC Board of Trustees. “Branch has protected our state’s business climate, making the American Dream of affordable home ownership possible. HOMEPAC is proud to endorse Dan Branch for Attorney General. His distinguished career, which includes over a decade of public service in the Texas House of Representatives, proves his willingness to defend and enforce laws that protect our businesses and strengthen the number one housing economy in the nation.”
Texas Medical Association (TEXPAC)
AUSTIN — Texans for Dan Branch announced that TEXPAC, the political arm of the Texas Medical Association, has endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. TEXPAC speaks on behalf of more than 47,000 Texas physicians and medical students, and nearly 5,000 alliance members. Organized in 1962, TEXPAC is one of the oldest political action committees in Texas.
“Dan Branch is a proven leader,” said TEXPAC Board Chair Jerry Hunsaker, MD. “For the past decade in the Texas House of Representatives, he has demonstrated that he’s dedicated to Texas’ patients and their physicians on many important issues — from supporting Texas’ landmark medical liability reforms in 2003, which helped to improve access to care for Texans, to reducing red tape and inefficiencies in our health care system.”
Texas Hospital Association (HOSPAC)
AUSTIN — Texans for Dan Branch announced that HOSPAC, the political arm of the Texas Hospital Association, which represents more than 85 percent of the state’s hospitals and health care systems and employs some 369,000 health care professionals, has endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems.
“Dan Branch is a proven fighter,” said John Hawkins, senior vice president of advocacy and public policy for THA. “Texas hospitals excel at delivering the highest quality patient care even as they experience numerous financing and reimbursement challenges. Dan Branch will work with Texas hospitals to champion their successes and develop solutions to their challenges.”
Texas Forestry Association (FORPAC)
AUSTIN – The Texas Forestry Association announced their support of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014 through their Forestry Political Action Committee. The Texas Forestry Association is a 100-year old association representing more than 3,000 members who create tens of thousands of jobs through growing, managing, harvesting and processing Texas’ forest resources.
“Dan Branch has worked to strengthen the state’s budget without raising taxes,” said Texas Forestry Association Executive Director Ron Hufford. “This is huge for forest landowners and we are pleased to support him for State Attorney General.”
Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA)
AUSTIN — Earlier today, the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), the state’s largest law enforcement association representing over 20,000 members, announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. The TMPA endorsement announcement followed lengthy interviews with each of the three Republican candidates for Attorney General.
“Dan Branch is a fighter,” TMPA Director of Legislative Affairs Lon Craft said. “During his decade-long tenure in the Texas Legislature, Rep. Branch has demonstrated time and again that he is tough on crime in Texas and a steadfast friend to Texas law enforcement.”
Dallas Police Association (DPA)
AUSTIN – Earlier today, the Dallas Police Association (DPA), the oldest and largest police employee organization in Dallas that represents over 4,000 members, announced their endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014.
“Dan Branch has a record as a tough-on-crime legislator who gets results,” said Dallas Police Association PAC Chairman Fredrick Frazier. “A long-time Dallas leader, Dan Branch has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Texas law enforcement since the 1990s. The Dallas Police Association is proud to stand with Dan Branch. We support his candidacy for Texas Attorney General.”
Texas Cattle Raisers (TSCRA PAC)
AUSTIN – Earlier today, TSCRA PAC, the political arm of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the largest livestock organization in Texas, which represents over 16,000 ranching families, cattle operations and businesses, announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. Established in 1877, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Associaton is the oldest livestock organization in the state of Texas, with a long history of working with the Texas Rangers to prevent cattle theft and protect property rights.
“As a highly accomplished attorney and leading conservative Republican state legislator, Dan Branch is the most qualified candidate to be our next Texas Attorney General,” said Pete Bonds, TSCRA president and TSCRA PAC co-chairman. “The Cattle Raisers are proud to support Dan Branch. Dan Branch has a strong record of protecting private property rights and free enterprise. As a longtime TSCRA member, Dan and his family know how important the beef cattle industry is to our state’s economy. With 30 years of legal experience reaching to the highest levels of his profession, we know Dan will continue to successfully defend us against over-reaching government regulations and the taking of our private property rights.”
Texas Association of Business (BACPAC)
AUSTIN – Earlier today, BAC-PAC, the political arm of the Texas Association of Business, Texas’ leading employer organization, representing over 4,000 small and large business employers in nearly every community of our state, announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. Founded in 1922, TAB has been on the front lines of the legislative, regulatory, and judicial battlefields, fighting for every issue that impacts business to ensure that employers’ opinions are being heard.
“Dan Branch is a champion for free enterprise and Texas business,” said Bill Hammond, Texas Association of Business President and CEO. “The Texas Association of Business BAC-PAC is proud to support Dan Branch for Attorney General. Dan Branch has a strong record of lowering taxes and reducing bureaucracy, helping cement Texas as a national economic leader. As an accomplished attorney and a leading Republican legislator, we know Dan will continue to successfully defend Texas business owners against over-reaching government regulations. With 30 years of legal experience reaching to the highest levels of his profession, Dan Branch is clearly the most qualified candidate to be our next Texas Attorney General.”
AUSTIN – The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), which represents over 18,500 members and more than 200 affiliates across Texas, has announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014.
“Dan Branch is a longtime friend of law enforcement officers and their families,” said Sgt. Todd Harrison, President of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. “As the state’s largest law enforcement group, CLEAT believes that Dan Branch’s priorities will be to build a strong Attorney General’s office focused on fighting crime and criminals. Time and time again, Dan has proven his ability to listen and lead, that’s why we’re endorsing him for Attorney General,” stated Harrison.
AUSTIN — Thirteen Republican Texas sheriffs, representing Texans from South Texas to the South Plains and from the Piney Woods of East Texas to the Texas Panhandle, announced their endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014.
“As a Sheriffs’ Association of Texas board member and the Walker County Sheriff, I trust Dan Branch to honorably serve the people of Texas and the sheriffs who protect them,” Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said. ”I will be voting for Dan Branch for Attorney General in the upcoming Republican Primary Election.”
San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA)
AUSTIN — Today, the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) announced their endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General in 2014. Established in 1946, the San Antonio Police Officers Association serves more than 2,000 officers and their families.
“Dan Branch is the only choice for the San Antonio Police Officers Association,” SAPOA President Mike Helle said. “Dan Branch will be a great asset as Texas Attorney General. Branch understands the unique challenges police officers face every day and the importance of our hard-earned benefits.”
Lubbock Professional Police Association (LPPA)
Today, the Lubbock Professional Police Association (LPPA) endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General. The Lubbock Professional Police Association represents over 300 police officers and their families.
“Dan Branch is the most qualified candidate to be our next Texas Attorney General,” LPPA President Steven Bergen said. ”As an accomplished conservative legislator who has a record of being tough on crime, Dan Branch understands the needs of West Texans and West Texas law enforcement.”
Texas Attorney General Peace Officers Association (TAGPOA)
AUSTIN — Today, the Texas Attorney General Peace Officers Association (TAGPOA) endorsed Dan Branch for Attorney General. TAGPOA represents the peace officers who serve in the Office of the Attorney General and report to the Texas Attorney General.
“Dan Branch is the tough, prudent leader Texans and Texas law enforcement need,” TAGPOA President Robert Sunley said. “As the only peace officers in Texas who directly report to the Attorney General, TAGPOA enjoys the unique privilege to recommend the person to lead us on such important issues as public integrity, Medicaid fraud and cyber crimes. As we fight for Texans’ safety, the Attorney General we want fighting with us is Dan Branch.”