Marco Rubio announces Texas leadership team

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and 2016 presidential candidate, smiles as he is introduced to to speak during a town hall meeting at the Pella Golf and Country Club in Pella, Iowa, on Dec. 30.  credit: Bloomberg photo by Scott Morgan.

WASHINGTON — On the heels of his strong third-place finish in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida announced his Texas leadership team Tuesday morning.  

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz placed first in Iowa’s Monday evening contest, and is expected to also best Rubio in Texas’ March 1 primary. That said, Texas delegates will be awarded proportionally. That could give Rubio an opportunity to pick up some delegates, if not an all-out statewide win.  

Outside of fundraising, Rubio has not invested much infrastructure in the state. But in recent weeks, Texas GOP operatives say they’ve seen an uptick in volunteers, turnout and organization for Rubio at local Republican events.   

And the Rubio Texas team now includes current and former state representatives. 

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The full team:  


State Rep. James Frank of Wichita Falls

State Rep. Larry Gonzales of Round Rock

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State Rep. Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs

Former state Rep. Linda Harper-Brown of Irving

Former state Rep. Martha Wong of Houston

Texas Leadership Team 

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State Rep. Myra Crownover of Denton

Former Texas GOP Vice Chair Dorothy Doehne 

Former state Rep. Peggy Hamric of Houston

Former President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women Beverly Kaufman

Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay 

Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant 

Waco City Council Member Dillon Meek 

Philanthropist Trini Mendenhall

Former Dallas County GOP Chairman Jonathan Neerman 

Former Harris County GOP Chairman Gary Polland 

Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez 

Collin County Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore Will Sowell  

Former President of the National Federation of Republican Women Dianne Thompson 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at