The following supporters are proudly endorsing Republican Bech Bruun for Congress to represent Texas’ 27th district. Visit our Get Involved page to add your name to the growing list of Bech’s endorsements.
“The Coastal Bend needs this type of experienced leadership now more than ever,” said Perry. “Bech first began working for me as an intern at the age of 19. Fourteen years later I tapped him to lead a state agency with billions of dollars worth of financial capacity. I did so because I knew I could always trust Bech to do the right thing. Now, it’s time for him to take this real world experience back to his hometown of Corpus Christi, help rebuild the Texas coast and be a conservative voice and champion for the people of CD-27.” Read more HERE.
Texas Railroad Commission Chair, Christi Craddick
Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, Christi Craddick has announced her endorsement of Bech Bruun for Congress in Congressional District 27 saying she looks forward to working with Bruun on federal issues that will enhance U.S. energy independence.
“I know first-hand the commitment Bech has shown to the Republican grassroots of Texas,” Craddick said. “Bech is a proven, effective leader which comes at a time when Congressional District 27 has critical oil and gas related infrastructure needs such as the Port of Corpus Christi’s channel improvement project. I can’t think of a candidate who is better suited to lead on energy and water related projects at the national level.”
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The Texas And Southwestern Cattle Raisers PAC
“Texas ranchers and landowners depend on capable, experienced representation in our nation’s capital, which is why we are proud to support Bech Bruun for Congress,” said Richard Thorpe, co-chairman of the TSCRA PAC. “Bech has a wealth of experience on water issues that are vital to all Texans. He is committed to cutting burdensome federal regulations and taxes while also protecting private property rights, all of which help ranching families keep land in their family and grow their businesses. Bech is the right choice to help get these things done in Washington.” Read more HERE.
Texas Alliance For Life
“Not a day goes by that I don’t look at my children and say a ‘thank you’ prayer to my biological grandmother, who my family has never known, who chose life for my father through adoption. I am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of #ProLife champions Texas Alliance for Life.” -Bech
South Texans’ Property Rights Association
“The South Texans’ Property Rights Association represents owners of over 5 million acres of land in South Texas. Our organization was formed in 2006, primarily because of the threats faced by our members on a daily basis that are caused by an unsecured border with Mexico. Since our founding, we have worked intensively with Senators Cornyn and Cruz and members of our Texas Congressional delegation to educate their peers about the severity of this crisis in South Texas.
Our political action committee has wholeheartedly endorsed the election of Bech Bruun for Congress because of his knowledge of the border security issue and his commitment to hold the federal government accountable for protecting our sovereign border with Mexico. We have worked with Bech for many years and know him to be a smart and effective advocate for issues that affect the lives of South Texans. He will be a tireless champion of our cause and we encourage all of our friends in U.S. House District 27 to join us in voting for Bech Bruun for Congress.”
-Susan Kibbe, South Texas rancher and Executive Director of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association Political Action Committee (STPRA FedPAC) Read more HERE.
Corpus Christi Caller Times
“Bruun is by far the more confident speaker, better able to articulate his positions, which trend pragmatic rather than dogmatic.”
The National Association of Home Builders
“The National Association of Home Builders strives to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while working to achieve professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen our economy. It is an honor to be supported by a member-driven organization that protects the American Dream. I look forward strengthening and expanding our infrastructure as we look to grow the economy so folks like NAHB can create jobs by building homes,” Bech Bruun said. Read more HERE.
“Water is one of the most important issues facing our state. That statement sure rings true for Matagorda County. Just ask any of our farmers who saw their water supply suspended in recent years thanks to drought. In the upcoming election, Matagorda County has an opportunity to elect a person who has been a leader for the state on the issue of water. Not only has he been a leader on the issue, he has delivered results for both Wharton and Matagorda Counties through his efforts in the development of the new Arbuckle Reservoir currently under construction along the Colorado River in Lane City. Bech led the financing effort that resulted in millions of dollars in costs savings, thus helping bring the vital project to fruition. Experience and results, that’s why I’m endorsing Bech Bruun and look forward to continuing to work with Bech on the federal level to ensure a secure and lasting water supply for Matagorda County.” Read more HERE.
State Representative John Cyrier
“As a state legislator representing three largely rural counties that fall within Congressional District 27, I am looking for the candidate in this race that best understands the needs of my constituents. That is why I am endorsing Bech Bruun.
Bech understands rural Texas because he has lived in rural Texas having resided in Caldwell County where I served as a County Commissioner prior to being elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Bech is widely respected in the Texas Capitol just as I know he will be in the United States Congress once he is elected to represent my home district and county.
I encourage all to vote Bech Bruun for Congress so we can have results driven leadership representing us in Washington.” – State Representative John Cyrier
Portland Mayor David Krebs who recently won the Republican primary to serve as the next San Patricio County Judge, announced today that he is endorsing Bech Bruun for Congress in the runoff campaign for Congressional District 27 citing his proven record of conservative leadership.
“San Patricio County is on the front lines of tremendous economic development stemming from the growth potential of the Port of Corpus Christi,” said Mayor Krebs. “With those opportunities will comechallenges. That’s why we need experienced leadership in D.C., now more than ever. That’s why we need to elect Bech Bruun to Congress on May 22.”
Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne
“I proudly endorse Bech Bruun to represent Matagorda County in Congress because he understands the needs of South Texas, local law enforcement, and the Coastal Bend.
I am confident that Bech will help encourage federal programs like ICE’s 287(g) program which helps local law enforcement agencies achieve our mutual goals of identifying criminality not nationality and I know Bech understands that strengthening the tools available to local law enforcement best equips the Gulf Coast region at fighting illegal immigration and keeping our communities safe.” Read more HERE.
Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal
“As the first Republican elected Nueces County Judge in over 140 years and as a former Mayor of Corpus Christi who has served this region for the better part of three decades, I care deeply about our county and state as I enter my final year of elected public service.
That is why, for the first time in my career, I am making an endorsement in a contested Republican primary. Friends, the stakes for our community are just too high. I want to leave my post knowing that our next Congressman is one who truly understands the needs of this community, especially one who understands the importance and impacts of Naval Air Station – Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Army Depot.
That’s why I am endorsing Bech Bruun. It’s not just that Bech grew up right down the road from these military installations and that his family roots in Corpus Christi run deep, I have watched Bech progress throughout his career from Chief of Staff to State Representative Todd Hunter to the Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board. That’s why I know he has the right experience to carry this region forward to economic prosperity it has never known. Lest you think I’m not serious, this Proud Texas Aggie is endorsing a Texas Longhorn in the race for Congressional District 27 because Bech is the right man for the job.”
–Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal Read more HERE.
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb endorsed Bech Bruun For Congress in District 27 today, noting his connections to the region and his “clear track record of getting things done.”
“Today Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area are on the verge of economic growth and prosperity like we have never seen before,” McComb said. “That’s why it is important to elect someone who understands Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend– from the city’s major infrastructure projects, to its military installations and the impact of economic development on our entire region. That person is Bech Bruun.” Read more HERE.
Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin
“We need experienced leadership representing us in Washington, D.C.,” said Kaelin, who has been in law enforcement for over 40 years. “Bech is from here, he knows the district and he has the tools to get the job done.”
Kaelin has served as Nueces County Sheriff since 2006 and is a retired DPS officer, who is a past president of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association. An Eagle Scout, Kaelin is a former member of the Board of Governors for Shriners Hospital for Children and has served in numerous capacities on community boards.
“I’m looking for the guy with the most experience who can make a real difference for the people of District 27. That’s why I’m endorsing Bech Bruun,” he said. “Bech understands how government works. I know first-hand that he has always looked after the interests of Nueces County and the entire Coastal Bend.” Read more HERE.
Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr.
“You’ve heard it said before that ‘elections matter.’ As our beloved community continues to travel down the road of recovery post-Harvey, never has that saying held more truth. That’s why I’m endorsing Bech Bruun for Congress. Bech’s experience as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board makes him uniquely qualified to navigate the bureaucratic federal agencies that will be an integral part of our long-term recovery in Aransas County.
More importantly, Bech knows Aransas County. It’s his personal connection to this area that helped lead him to leave his statewide position, move to Rockport where his family continues to rebuild so he can focus his experience and energy on the recovery of a community that Bech holds near and dear. When I think of Bech, experience and heart ring loudest. And that’s why Aransas County needs to elect Bech Bruun to Congress.” – Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr.
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One of the state’s top leaders in the beef and agriculture industry and one of Texas’ most well-known grassroots leaders for Republican women, have been named district wide co-chairs for the Bech Bruun for Congress campaign.
Bob McCan of Victoria, former president of the National Catttlemen’s Beef Association, and Rebecca Bradford of Corpus Christi, a successful business owner who has led the state’s largest Republican women’s organization, both cited Bruun’s proven leadership and conservative service to the State of Texas for agreeing to chair the campaign.
Bruun is in a runoff on May 22 for the 13-county Congressional seat which stretches from Nueces County to Victoria and into Wharton County and west to Bastrop and Caldwell counties. Bruun, a Corpus Christi native who resigned as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board to run for the office, finished first in a six-man race in the March primary.
“I’m a fifth-generation Texan and my family has had a cattle company for almost 140 years in South Texas,” said McCan. “We also operate a large-scale recreational hunting enterprise. Our Victoria County ranch is near the confluence of the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers, which are vital water sources for agriculture, urban, and potential industrial areas. I understand that proven leadership is essential when it comes to representing the needs of our South Texas ranchers and farmers in Washington D.C. This is the reason I have chosen to support and serve as the Congressional District 27 Co-Chair for Bech Bruun for Congress.”
Rebecca Bradford, a longtime GOP grassroots activist, owns a Corpus Christi staffing service with her husband Garry.
“I have known Bech Bruun for 20 years so when I learned he was going to run to represent us in Congress, I was thrilled to know we have an opportunity to elect a Conservative Republican who is already an accomplished leader who gets things done in local, state, and the federal government. That is why I am honored to serve as his District Wide Co-Chair.”
Zahn and Vaughn join a growing list of local business and grassroots leaders who are working together to help elect Bech Bruun to U.S. Congress. The campaign released the names of its district co-chairs last week and county co-chairs are being named over the next few days.
The Nueces County co-chairs are part of a team led by Victoria rancher Bob McCan and Corpus Christi businesswoman and GOP grassroots leader Rebecca Bradford. They were named district-wide co-chairs to help get out the vote for Bruun during the May 22 runoff and throughout the campaign.
“We built our company from the ground up,” said Vaughn, whose business has grown into a multi-million dollar energy services company with 13 offices in the United States and eight international offices. “I know the value of hard work and I know what it’s like to deal with over-reaching federal regulations. Bech Bruun will work to cut government red tape and stand up to the big Washington bureaucrats who stand in the way of a great economy.”
Vaughn, who says she is a community servant not a politician, said she knew Bruun would be a great “servant leader for the people of our country” and called him a “strong man of faith who believes that God will bless us for giving back to Him and to our community.”
“I want a Congressman who will listen to his or her constituents, and will fight for the working and middle-class families across District 27,” she said. “Bech has already been doing that and as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board saved taxpayers millions of dollars while advancing key water projects that will help Texas for generations to come.”
Zahn, whose community and civic activities stretch across the Coastal Bend and South Texas, said Bech Bruun would be “the conservative voice we need in Washington, D.C. – a man who can make a difference for his constituents, his district and the United States of America.”
“Bech’s experience in government is essential to getting things done in Washington, D.C.,” said Zahn, noting Bruun’s tenure as State Rep. Todd Hunter’s chief of staff and as a senior staff member for former Governor and now United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
“He can hit the ground running on day one,” said Zahn, who remembers Bruun growing up in Nueces County and saw him mature into a respected statewide leader, trusted by the most conservative governors in Texas to oversee the state’s lead water infrastructure and planning agency.
“Bech understands how to work with other people and to cull through massive government bureaucracy so that he can help the families he will represent,” Zahn said. “He is a problem solver and a doer not a talker. That’s a refreshing change in Congress.”
Merle Reue Hudgins is a well-known historian and author who is a civic and community leader in Wharton County. She served for several years as the Chair of the Wharton County Republican Party and has been a member of the Wharton County Junior College Board of Trustees since 2010. Her family has lived in Texas since 1827 and in Wharton County since 1846.
Stephen F. “Steve” Cooper is owner and principal of Emerald Ag Investments and former president and owner of La Tierra de Esmeralda/Emerald Sod Farms, which he oversaw for 28 years. He also is vice chairman of the El Campo Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and serves as an adviser to the El Campo Youth Memorial Park for Little League. He formerly served as chairman of the Leadership Advisory Board of Wharton County AgriLife for 10 years. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and is a longtime donor to the Texas A&M System. He is recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and was appointed in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Lower Colorado River Authority.
A fifth-generation Rockport native and founding partner of the Rockport Group, has been named as co-chair for the Beck Bruun for Congress Campaign in Aransas County.
John Jackson began his first career with his family’s three-generation seafood business. John began his second career in 1992 with Dean Witter, now Morgan Stanley. While at the firm, he has earned numerous distinctive titles and designations including Senior Vice President. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) and on the board of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC). In 2012, John was awarded Five Star “Wealth Manager Award” (Texas Monthly).
Active in his community, John has served in leadership roles with The Aransas County ISD Education Foundation (founder), Boy Scouts of America South Texas Council-President and Executive Board, Rockport Rotary Club board, and The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation. He is a member and has served in various capacities at First Presbyterian Church, Odyssey Afterschool Enrichment Program, Young Life of Rockport, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Rockport Art Association, Aransas County Historical Society, 100 Club of Aransas County, Texas A&M Kingsville Foundation, the Javelina Alumni Association, and the College of Business Dean’s Leadership Board.
In early 2011, John published “Taking The Tide,” a personal narrative that depicts the trials and tribulations of his family’s seafood business along with their ties to the rich history of Rockport. John shares the events and experiences that eventually led him on the path to becoming a leading financial advisor with Morgan Stanley.
John’s list of past honors includes, Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Rotary Club Volunteer of the Year, The Education Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Javelina Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Academic All American (football), Eagle Scout and the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting. In September 2011, John was inducted into the Texas A&M Kingsville/Texas A&I “Javelina Athletics Hall of Fame.”
John and his wife Debbie live in Rockport, and they have two children and two grandchildren.
Aransas County Commissioner Betty Stiles, a longtime civic and grassroots Republican leader, has been named as co-chair for the Bech Bruun For Congress campaign in Aransas County.
Betty, who is a photographer, served as Aransas County Republican Party chair from 2007 to 2011, was the treasurer for the Texas Republican County Chair Association and was a Texas elector in the Presidential election of 2012.
A well-known civic and community leader, Betty serves as a board member of the Rockport –Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Goose Island State Park. She is on the Aransas County Historical Commission and served as Treasurer of the Rockport/Fulton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class XVI.
Additionally, Commissioner Stiles acts as the county’s liaison to the Aransas County Navigation District and the Aransas County Airport and attends all Storm Water Management Committee and Pathways Steering Committee meetings. She was a founding member of the Rockport Rocketts, a local charitable organization, and has been highly involved in environmental issues which includes freshwater inflows into our bays and estuaries, protecting Little Bay and water quality.
Betty moved to Aransas County and bought a home in Lamar in 1981. She has two children Bill Santaiti of Houston and Tracy Goodwin of Rockport and is the proud grandmother of Britney Goodwin, a senior at Rockport/Fulton High School.