For a group named the “Kingwood” TEA Party (KWTP) their reach certainly isn’t confined to the borders of Kingwood. The success of the KWTP is a testament to its passionately dedicated co-founders, Robin and Jim Lennon.

Although they have lived in Kingwood for 21 years, Jim was born and raised in the great State of New Jersey and Robin, while born in Houston, was raised primarily in Colorado. Separately, they moved to Houston in the early 80s, which is where they met.

Being from New Jersey, Jim grew up near the battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War and thus always had an interest in history. Robin, a stay-at-home homeschool mom grew a love for political history through teaching their children and visiting the East Coast on a Revolutionary War tour. Of homeschooling Robin said, “The importance of that time of my life and wanting the blessings of Liberty and prosperity for our children and grandchildren have given Jim and I our current passion.”

They decided to start the KWTP after their son enlisted in the Navy. “I was worried that my son would not have a free country to come home to. So on April 27, 2009, we called the initial meeting of what would be the Kingwood TEA Party,” said Robin.

The Lennon’s talents compliment each other exceptionally well. While Jim considers himself the “political” one he says Robin is the more inspirational one. And their successes haven’t gone unnoticed. “[KWTP] under the leadership of Robin and Jim, has become a conservative political force to be reckoned with,” said Paul Simpson, Harris County Republican Party Chairman. Since KWTP got involved in local elections there has been a substantial increase in voter turnout in North East Harris County.

“Formed with the original intent of educating ourselves and other Kingwood voters about the Federal government and legislation, we found ourselves just as involved in local and state politics,” said Jim. Robin said the shift from informing to involvement in elections came shortly thereafter, “The real change happened when I was blessed to watch the right video at the right time and introduced Ted Cruz to my fellow members of the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee.”

Education reform and school choice have been primary concerns of theirs since their homeschooling days. During the legislative session you will find them driving to Austin, daily, before dawn and staying late through the afternoon. They spend their time, resources, and knowledge advocating for conservative causes.

Aside from the daily management of the Kingwood TEA Party they also operate, and Robin is a member of the Conservative View. They are both actively involved in the new and improved Harris County Republican Party under the leadership of Chairman Simpson.

Simpson went on to say:

“Their unwavering integrity and devotion to principle, combined with practical campaign expertise and active grassroots engagement, combine to make KWTP and the Lennons influential, effective, and respected Conservative leaders.”

When asked about hobbies, Robin said she was always called one-track. “God has given me a passion for restoring the freedom we lost on my shift. It is why I get up in the morning and the last thing I think about before sleeping.”

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.