I'm excited to announce some key appointments before this Saturday's biennial Organizational Meeting of the Harris County Republican Party. Please join me in welcoming Susanna Dokupil as proposed County Party Vice-Chair, Joe Slovacek as Finance Chair, and former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel as Treasurer.
I'm honored these strong conservatives have agreed to serve our party in these critical positions. With their help, we can build a professional party operation that focuses on the grassroots to ensure Texas remains a conservative Republican State.
Susanna, Joe, and Cindy have given countless hours to help grow our party and build effective grassroots organizations. Susanna played an important role in electing Senator Ted Cruz, Joe just recently helped Dan Patrick raise funds for his primary election runoff, and Cindy, a CPA, is in her second term as President of the Magic Circle Republican Women's Club while also serving as Treasurer for the Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women's Club.
Please help me in welcoming these great conservatives to the Harris County Republican Party.
Susanna Dokupil is a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Tenth Amendment Action and the founder of Documenting the American Dream, a video project that teaches core values by telling inspirational stories. She previously served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, as well as two years in private practice. Ms. Dokupil has authored over 75 articles and op-eds on law and public policy topics for such publications as National Review Online, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, The American Enterprise, The Texas Review of Law & Politics, and The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Ms. Dokupil has long been active in political fundraising for Republican candidates, and she co-chaired the National Finance Committee for Ted Cruz's Senate win in 2012. She serves on the board of the Kingwood Tea Party and is the treasurer of the Texas Conservative View. Ms. Dokupil is also a member of the governing board of the Houston Symphony and on the advisory board of The Texas Review of Law & Politics.
Ms. Dokupil received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to law school, Ms. Dokupil received her B.A., magna cum laude, in the University Scholars program and her M.A. in Church-State Studies from Baylor University.
Joseph O. Slovacek "Joe"
Joseph O. Slovacek "Joe" has been with Hoover Slovacek, LLP since his graduation from the University of Houston Law School in 1976. In over thirty-five (35) years of practice, he has engaged in a general business practice encompassing real estate, corporate law and commercial litigation representing a variety of clients principally involved in all facets of real estate. A number of the clients he represents include brokers, developers, owners, lenders and property managers of multi-family, commercial, retail and industrial properties. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and, since 1983, has been General Counsel of Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association, Inc. (HOLBA).
Mr. Slovacek is frequently a guest speaker at local seminars discussing current topics correlating to real estate law and complex commercial litigation issues, including condemnation issues, conflicts or lawsuits involving governmental or quasi-governmental agencies. Mr. Slovacek is an exemplary civic leader, performing many roles over the years that have been beneficial to the community, serving positions such as Trustee to the Houston Realty Business Coalition, and Treasurer of the "C" Club PAC since 2001. Mr. Slovacek currently serves on the Board for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business Graduate Real Estate Program, and previously served on the Grand Parkway Association Board. Additionally, he has raised money for many Republican candidates over the years and is fully committed to serving the Harris County Republican Party.
Cindy Siegel served for eight years as the Mayor of the City of Bellaire until she was termed out of office in 2011. Prior to that, she served on the Bellaire City Council as a councilman from 1998 until her election as mayor in 2003. During her 14 years on Bellaire's City Council the tax rate was reduced by 23%. Currently Cindy is representing the Small Cities Metro Mayors on the Houston Metro Board of Directors in 2012.
Cindy is a past member of the Aged and Disability Advisory Board to the Texas Department of Human Services under former Governor Bush's administration. Cindy is and has been a board member of several local charities serving children and the elderly in the community.
Cindy served previously on the Harris County Republican Party's Finance Committee and is in her second term as President of the Magic Circle Republican Women's Club. Additionally, she is serving as Treasurer of the Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women's Clubs. In 2010, 2012 and 2014 she served as a representative from Precinct 182 to the Republican State Convention. Cindy has actively supported and helped raise campaign funds for various conservative Republican candidates.
Cindy is a Certified Public Accountant with 30 years experience. She owns a public accounting firm, Cynthia Siegel, CPA, that provides accounting and tax services for small businesses and individuals. Prior to starting her own accounting firm in 1991, Cindy worked at a national bank in the trust department and for a large national accounting firm.
Cindy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Kansas State University and a Masters in Business Administration specializing in accounting and finance from the University of Houston. She is also a member of the Houston Chapter of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs, and American Institute of CPAs.