AFP-Texas State Director: Peggy Venable
Peggy Venable is Texas Director for Americans for Prosperity, the premier grassroots organization in the country. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has over 2.3 million activists committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process
Peggy has worked in public policy and grassroots campaigns — in government, the political arena and the private sector — for over 30 years. In 2010, Peggy was named to the University Star Hall of Fame at Texas State University and the national magazine Campaigns and Elections named Venable as one of the top 25 Texas “influencers”.
A native Texan, Peggy spent 15 years in Washington, D.C., working for three Administrations. During that time, she worked on public policy issues in the areas of education, natural resources, energy and transportation.
Peggy was White House Liaison for the US Department of the Interior and the Department of Education. She was at the Department of Education when the idea for “A Nation at Risk” was conceived, which was our country’s first “wakeup call” that our education system was falling behind. At the US Department of Interior, she directed the “Take Pride in America” grassroots campaign which encompassed eight federal agencies.
Peggy has served as senior staff at the Republican National Committee and was Director of the Republican National Convention in 1984.
Americans for Prosperity-Texas has over 120,000 activists who support free market public policies. She has served as a taxpayer advocate in Texas for 20 years.
Peggy hosts a weekly TV show THE BEAUTY OF POLITICS on Channel Austin, has guest hosted for syndicated talk show hosts around the Texas, appears as a guest on radio and TV, and has written over 100 pieces that have appeared in leading Texas newspapers, and speaks to groups around the state on tax, budget and regulator issues. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American Statesman, Budget and Tax News, Heritage Insider, and numerous other publications. She has won numerous public affairs and journalism awards
She is mother to a 24 year-old daughter who has worked in Washington, D.C., graduated Summa Cum Laude and was editor of her college newspaper, The University Star at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Peggy is on the board of the Texas Center for Education Research as well as Austin CEO Foundation, a board member of the Reagan Conservative Society and is past President of the Texas Women’s Alliance as well as a past President of the Texas State University Foundation Board.