November 8, 2006  


Granger Announces Bid For Vice Conference Chair Post


WASHINGTON, D.C.-Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today announced her candidacy for Vice Conference Chair position and is currently seeking the support of her colleagues.

"I am pleased to announce that I am running for the Vice Conference Chair position and am asking for my colleagues' support," said Granger. 

Granger, who is now serving her fifth term in Congress, is a former mayor, teacher and business owner who also possesses a strong background in defense and national security issues. Granger believes her wide-ranging experience will serve as an asset to the Conference and in her potential role as Vice Conference Chair.

"I think it would benefit the Conference to have someone in this position who brings with them a diverse background from which to credibly speak while representing the Conference well in the process," said Granger.

Granger is a frequent guest on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and National Radio Shows, and has given interviews on an array of subjects including national security, immigration, border security, the economy, women's issues, values and ethics.

Granger has believed for some time that the Conference would benefit from a rapid response system by which to get Members information quickly. Granger has had experience doing this already in her role as Chair of the War on Terror Team. If elected, Granger envisions transforming the Vice Conference Chair position into a rapid response center that will provide Members with the information they need within minutes or hours instead of weeks.

"I am running to serve the Conference and play my part in helping us return to a strong majority. To do this, I think we need to set up a system by which to better communicate our message," added Granger.

Granger is the first Republican to hold her seat, a seat previously held by Speaker Jim Wright. Granger won reelection by 67 percent of the vote in 2006. In 2004 she won reelection by 72 percent of the vote, and in 2002, she won by 92 percent. Bush carried the 12th district in 2004 by 67 percent and in 2000 by 64 percent.

"I think it's important that we have Members in leadership positions who sit in stable seats. We need to have Members who are able to do the job well for the Conference," added Granger.

Granger serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Defense Appropriations and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittees. She served as NRCC Finance Chair this election cycle and also serves as a Deputy Majority Whip. Granger is the first and only female Republican to serve in the Texas House delegation. Granger represents the 12th District of Texas.