Isaac new president of Texas conservative research institute


John Pacheco


The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), a conservative advocacy-educational organization, named Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) its new president at its biennial policy forum in Austin, on March 29.

Isaac did not run for re-election as State Representative for District 45 in order to run for Texas’s 21 Congressional District 21, which is being vacated by retiring U.S Representative Lamar Smith. Isaac however did not make it past the Republican primary, which left an open question of Isaac’s next chapter in his public life. The TCCRI announcement was in part an answer to that question.

“It’s no mistake that Texas is a beacon of liberty to the nation — and we must continue to stand firm in our limited-government principles,” Rep. Isaac said Thursday. “I’m eager to get to work expanding TCCRI’s influence and making our organization the preeminent voice for conservative values not just in the Texas Capitol, but statewide.”

“As president of TCCRI’s board of directors, I want to welcome Rep. Isaac,” State Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) said. “Rep. Isaac has served his constituents honorably and proven one of the most effective advocates for conservative principles, and I know he’ll play a critical role in expanding TCCRI’s footprint in the great State of Texas.”

Rep. Isaac will continue serving out his final term in the Texas House of Representatives, which concludes in January 2019. He currently serves as vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition.

In a post-primary loss statement, Isaac said, “The results are in, and I wanted to make sure you heard it from me: Despite a hard-fought battle and the outpouring of support of you, our friends and neighbors, our campaign was not successful… My mission statement is simple but powerful. The people of the Hill Country know that to secure the future of our country, we need to take the straightforward, common-sense mindset that governs the State of Texas to Washington. We need to take the Texas model of limited government nationwide. We need to Make America Like Texas. It’s my hope and prayer that the next congressman for Texas’ 21st district takes that commitment to liberty and limited government to heart… and whether we’re in office or not, we’re ready to keep fighting to Make America Like Texas.”

TCCRI is a non-profit educational charity 501(c)(3). On its website ( it states, “The organization was inspired by the success of the Texas Conservative Coalition (the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature) that served as a resource for information and public policy strategies for Texas legislatures since 1985.” The organization’s four pillars are listed as limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and traditional values.

Along with Isaac’s appointment, TCCRI also named Mia Garza McCord, a political consultant who has also served on the staff of various Republican office holders, as TCCRI's new vice president.

Isaac is a transportation consultant who has served in the Texas Legislature since 2011, representing Hays and Blanco counties. He serves on the Energy Resources and Urban Affairs committees and is the founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He resides in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

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