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Mr. Steve Munisteri

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BBA , Finance
    University of Texas
  • Juris Doctorate of Law
    University of Texas Law School
  • Memorial High School
  • J.D.
    University of Texas Law School
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Steve Munisteri
In July 2010 Steve Munisteri was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Steve's victory was the first time in recent history that a challenger, backed by a grassroots groundswell of support, had defeated a sitting chairman. YCT's Historian, Kasey Golden, recently sat down with Mr. Munisteri to talk about YCT and how his experiences with the group help him in his new job.
Before founding YCT, Steve Munisteri was the State Chairman of the Texas chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). After the YAF state convention in February 1980, Steve decided to sit down with board members to propose a new state-based organization. Munisteri and other Texas YAF members did not like how the national organization was run. It was run in a top-down fashion, neglecting state politics and failing to work with and through the grassroots. Indeed, after state chapters had spent much of their time raising money for YAF, they did not feel like they were getting a return back to their state chapters.
Steve proposed a new organization; one that would have more effect on state and local politics and that would enable students to get real, hands-on experience with Texas politics. Recognizing Steve's vision, the board voted unanimously to create Young Conservatives of Texas. The new organization was founded and unveiled to the public on Texas Independence Day, March 2nd, 1980.
How did YCT make you who you are today?
Mr. Munisteri emphasizes that, most importantly, YCT gave him the confidence to accomplish some of his greatest goals. After successfully establishing a new organization, he felt that he could do anything. In addition, his leadership of YCT also helped him to develop skills that have served him throughout his career. YCT taught him to become a great public speaker, which served him well in his law profession. He was forced to learn how to work with people who have varying political views and shepherd them towards a common goal. And, after spending some time managing YCT's money, he soon mastered the basic skills required to make a budget, pay bills, and run a statewide office.
The confidence Steve built in YCT led him to start his own businesses and, most recently, to seek his current position as State Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Like when he started YCT, Steve again saw the need for a new direction and new leadership with the state party. As for the challenges of the job, Steve was prepared for them. He observed that, "being RPT chairman is a lot like being YCT chairman.
Steve knew that because of our consistent, principled endorsement process, that YCT's endorsement carried a lot of weight amongst conservative voters.
How do you think being in YCT will help students in their futures?
Along with the leadership and practical political experience members receive, Steve stresses the vast network of YCT alumni that has formed over the past thirty years.
Mr. Munisteri believes that a strong Voter Identification bill will be passed and that, despite the state's deficit, the budget will be balanced without raising taxes. He is also hopeful that there will be some effective changes made to secure our border and deal with illegal immigration. And because of the number of conservatives in the Texas House, he is not especially worried about redistricting. As for YCT's top legislative priority for the 82nd Session, Steve is a little more skeptical. While he is confident that a concealed carry on campus bill will pass the House, he predicts that it will be held-up and defeated in the Senate. Overall though, it is clear that YCT and YCTers will play an integral role in shaping policy during the 82nd Legislative Session.
Since being elected RPT Chairman, Mr. Munisteri has seen tremendous success. He fulfilled his campaign promise to eliminate the party's record debt, bringing the party into the black ahead of schedule. Afterward, he led an effort to create a "rainy day fund" for the state party to ensure its financial solvency for years to come. Steve also oversaw great success by the RPT in the 2010 elections; 22 Republican challengers defeated incumbent House Democrats. In addition, after the election, Steve has seen two additional Democratic State Representatives abandon the Democratic Party to become Republicans, ushering in a 101-49 Republican supermajority in the Texas House. YCT is very proud of the job that he is doing and we are proud to call him one of our own.
Spotlight Archives: Behind the Scenes: Legislative Ratings Process Steve Munisteri
Commenting on the afternoon's ..., 29 Oct 2013 [cached]
Commenting on the afternoon's developments, RPT State Chairman Steve Munisteri stated: "While we are disappointed that the San Antonio three-judge panel did not follow completely the legislative maps in today's new maps, we are appreciative of General Abbott's efforts to mitigate the damage done by the federal courts by appealing this to the Supreme Court.
Redistricting Update from Republican Party of Texas Chairman, Steve Munisteri
Chairman Munisteri discussed with the Court the problems a May 29th primary creates for the party's delegate selection process for the RPT State Convention. He reiterated that it is impossible to comply with the current Texas Election Code as it pertains to delegate selection, with the primary on May 29th and the State Convention in the first week of June. He strongly urged the Court to issue an order that would allow the State Republican Executive Committee to adopt a new delegate selection process which varies from the Election Code. He told the court that if there is sufficient time for planning, that in consultation with party leadership, he had several different options in mind which: would allow district conventions to still occur on schedule, allow for a May 29th primary, and still allow for a convention the next week. In general terms, he suggested different options which would completely de-couple the selection of delegates to the State Convention from the primary election.
The Court indicated it was very likely that they would grant such a request from the State Party, provided it received U.S. Department of Justice pre-clearance. Chairman Munisteri made the case that DOJ pre-clearance is not required in a case where the changes are made as a result of court order. However, the Court indicated that they thought it was a safer route to obtain pre-clearance. A Department of Justice attorney testified that his office would expedite such a request and anticipated that the approval time could be reduced from a couple of months to a couple of weeks, thereby allowing the change to occur.
The Court instructed both political parties to consult on a new schedule for a May 29th primary. It also invited the state parties to put forth separate proposals as to how they would select delegates and conduct their conventions. Chairman Munisteri is hoping to hold a telephone conference with members of the Republican Party of Texas Officials Committee tomorrow to go over various options. He plans within the next few days, to have a separate telephone conference with the entire SREC to go over recommendations from the Officials Committee. It is his hope that a consensus plan can be agreed upon by the SREC. If this is accomplished, he will distribute this plan to all County Chairmen to obtain their input, and then once a final plan is agreed upon - to propose the plan to the three-judge panel in San Antonio.
It is the Chairman's goal to develop a process around existing Senatorial and County conventions so as to minimize inconvenience and logistical problems. It remains his objective to keep the State Republican Convention scheduled as planned during the first week of June. We will provide further information over the next few days as to developments in this regard.
Also on Wednesday - Chairman Munisteri, RPT lawyers and staff spent another day in the courtroom listening to final arguments in the redistricting case.
Chairman Munisteri issued the following statement regarding today's proceedings.
Special Advisory to all Republican county chairmen, precinct chairmen, and party activists from Chairman Munisteri - I am hopeful that the SREC will come up with a plan for the three-judge panel that will still allow district conventions on the date scheduled. Therefore it is our advice that you not cancel your plans to go forward with district conventions until otherwise instructed. I am hopeful that within the next week or so, that we will have a telephone conference with all county chairs to provide them more information on any proposed plans. The RPT is committed to working with each of you to come up with a workable solution to this unprecedented challenge. Thank you again for your patience and hard work.
Tags: Primary Election, Redistricting, Republican Party of Texas, Steve Munisteri
RPT State Chairman Steve Munisteri said, "I am pleased that we could come to an agreement and I hope that most Republican elected officials and Texas voters will be satisfied with this proposal.
Today, Republican Party of Texas (RPT) State Chairman Steve Munisteri outlined the Party's strategy relative to protecting the citizenry's right to have their elected officials represent their interests in establishing boundaries for Texas legislative and Congressional districts, rather than an unelected judicial panel which has overstepped its bounds and applied questionable jurisprudence and logic.
Chairman Munisteri stated, "We believe it is an important principle of the Republican Party that the judicial branch of government should not use its authority to legislate, rather than undertake its constitutional duty of applying and interpreting the law."
Tags: Greg Abbott, Redistricting, Republican Party of Texas, Steve Munisteri
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"All this work and all this money that they've spent up to now so far is not showing results," Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri said.
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Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Texas GOP and a member of the Dallas 2016 host committee, shrugged off the potential for negative effect.
"The former president's like any political figure past or present. You have people that love him, and you have detractors," he said.
Munisteri predicts a "respectful" reception at the next convention, regardless of where it's held.
Munisteri predicted that news coverage focused on Bush - his library, legacy and post-presidency - is far more likely to help than hurt.
"The average voter is not going to in any way penalize the party for having the convention in a major city," Munisteri said.
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