Tribpedia: Steve Munisteri

Steve Munisteri is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, where he served from 2010 to March 2015. Upon leaving, Munisteri joined U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky as senior adviser in his short-lived run for president. 

Munisteri, a retired attorney and businessman from Houston, emerged from a three-way fight for the chairmanship in which the party ...

Former Texas GOP Chair: Many Predictions About Trump Don't Add Up

Steve Munisteri, former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas and a former senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign, said Thursday that with just a fraction of the delegates awarded so far, the race for the GOP nomination is still up for grabs. Munisteri says he is staying neutral in the race and will not be endorsing any of the remaining contenders.

Four declared candidates are vying to replace Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri (clockwise from top left): Dallas County GOP chairman Wade Emmert, Texas GOP treasurer Tom Mechler, Republican National Committeeman Robin Armstrong and Jared Woodfill, former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.
Four declared candidates are vying to replace Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri (clockwise from top left): Dallas County GOP chairman Wade Emmert, Texas GOP treasurer Tom Mechler, Republican National Committeeman Robin Armstrong and Jared Woodfill, former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.

Race "Wide Open" As Texas Republicans Weigh New Party Chairman

No clear front-runner has emerged days before the State Republican Executive Committee meets to vote to replace Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri. 

Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013
Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013

What Went Wrong With Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong? 

 

Texas Republican Party chairman Steve Munisteri speaks to the Grassroots Club in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
Texas Republican Party chairman Steve Munisteri speaks to the Grassroots Club in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

In Rare Retraction, GOP Repudiates Flyers

After Democrat Susan Motley complained about mailers attacking her in a state House race, state GOP chairman Steve Munisteri agreed that the ads were inaccurate. And he's issued a rare retraction to voters in North Texas.

The Brief: June 5, 2014

The unveiling of revised Republican Party platform language on immigration and homosexuality highlighted coverage of the state convention in Fort Worth on Wednesday.

Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.
Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.

The Brief: June 3, 2014

As some open-carry activists look to take their long-gun-brandishing demonstrations outside the state GOP convention in Fort Worth, the movement's efforts are catching criticism from a pair of unlikely sources — the nation's largest gun-rights group and a state legislator who has pushed open-carry legislation.

Steve Munisteri campaigning for Texas GOP chairman.
Steve Munisteri campaigning for Texas GOP chairman.

Tea Party Leader Says He Misspoke About Black Voters

UPDATED: Dallas Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson says he misspoke when he said last month that Republicans don't want to encourage blacks to vote because they overwhelmingly support Democrats. State GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri had said Emanuelson's remarks don't reflect the party's position.

Can We Talk?

Not to be-Labor the point, but on this Day when we pause to celebrate the men and women of Texas (and elsewhere) who work for a living, we thought we'd show off the sweat and toil of our crack interviewers. Nearly every Trib reporter has sat down with a few of the most interesting and newsworthy Texans over the last few months: current and former elected officials, authors and activists, operatives and candidates, and policy wonks of all types and stripes. Thus far we've conducted 37 so-called "TT Interviews" (a respectful riff on the Rolling Stone Interviews that many of us grew up reading) and presented them as audio, video, a transcript or some combination of the above. This non-narrative form is an effective and compelling way to tell the unfiltered stories of Texas politics, public policy and government; enjoy. And happy holiday.

Rick Perry, Bill White
Rick Perry, Bill White

TribBlog: Governor's "Race"

  • 1Comment

Gov. Rick Perry's campaign has accused Democrat Bill White of making racially charged comments at an event in Dallas. The White camp says it was Scripture-based language on leadership. So, was it racial or religious?

All Tea-ed Up

If the rainbow flavors of the Tea Party feature a common taste, it’s that of fiscally restrained government — and the anti-Washington and pro-state fervor that comes along with it. Not coincidentally, that was the overwhelming theme of the GOP's recent convention, setting the tone — as the Democrats did in their state gathering — for the November general election.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

M. Smith's interview with the new chair of the Texas GOP, Philpott on Republicans and Tea Partiers living in harmony, Aguilar on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's not-yet-released strategic plan, Ramshaw's tragic tale of out-of-state kids in Texas treatment centers, Grissom on how budget cuts could impact juvenile justice, Stiles' awesome new population app, Galbraith on the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer, Hamilton's interview with the commissioner of higher education and the debut of Hu's new video debate series: The best of our best from June 14 to 19, 2010.

Steve Munisteri campaigning for Texas GOP chairman.
Steve Munisteri campaigning for Texas GOP chairman.

Steve Munisteri: The TT Interview

The state GOP’s new chair talked to the Tribune on Tuesday about the party’s fiscal condition, redistricting, fundraising across partisan aisles, how to unify with the Tea Party and the status of his relationship with his dethroned predecessor, Cathie Adams.

Gov. Rick Perry being endorsed by his former GOP primary rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, at the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Convention.
Gov. Rick Perry being endorsed by his former GOP primary rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, at the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Convention.

The Chair Yields

The ouster of Cathie Adams as the titular head of the Republican Party of Texas was the biggest news at its biennial convention this weekend. There was also open hostility toward Speaker Joe Straus, predictable fretting about a rift between moderates and conservatives and, of course, a laser-like focus on the state GOP's common enemy: Washington.

Debt Becomes Her?

Don’t look now, but the Texas GOP, the party of budgetary teetotalers, has been piling up debt like a college kid with his first credit card — and that has put chair Cathie Adams in the hot seat a month before she seeks reelection at the state Republican convention.

Cathie Adams, Tom Mechler, and Steve Munisteri
Cathie Adams, Tom Mechler, and Steve Munisteri

Party Crashers

Two candidates hope to unseat Republican Party of Texas chair Cathie Adams at next month's state convention in Dallas. The biggest issue isn't their ideological differences — there are none. It's the effectiveness of the party in organizing voter support, and, to a lesser degree, how willing the GOP should be to reach across the aisle and seek common ground.