May 09 PCRW Meeting
Guest Speaker: AFP-Texas State Director Peggy Venable
Peggy Venable is Texas Director for Americans for Prosperity, the premier grassroots organization in the country. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has over 2.3 million activists committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. Americans for Prosperity-Texas has over 120,000 activists who support free market public policies. She has served as a taxpayer advocate in Texas for 20 years.
Peggy has worked in public policy and grassroots campaigns — in government, the political arena and the private sector — for over 30 years. In 2010, Peggy was named to the University Star Hall of Fame at Texas State University and the national magazine Campaigns and Elections named Venable as one of the top 25 Texas “influencers”.
A native Texan, Peggy spent 15 years in Washington, D.C., working for three Administrations. During that time, she worked on public policy issues in the areas of education, natural resources, energy and transportation.
Peggy hosts a weekly TV show THE BEAUTY OF POLITICS on Channel Austin, has guest hosted for syndicated talk show hosts around the Texas, appears as a guest on radio and TV, and has writ-ten over 100 pieces that have appeared in leading Texas newspapers, and speaks to groups around the state on tax, budget and regulator issues. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American Statesman, Budget and Tax News, Heritage Insider, and numerous other publications. She has won numerous public affairs and journalism awards.
Peggy is on the board of the Texas Center for Education Research as well as Austin CEO Foundation, a board member of the Reagan Conservative Society and is past President of the Texas Women’s Alliance as well as a past President of the Texas State University Foundation Board.