Although you won’t find many Texans who’ll say nice things about the Sooner State, Suezette Griffin will. Suezette was born in Oklahoma but moved to Texas early in life, and she says she loves crossing the Red River – in both directions.

Griffin works in IT sales, but often finds herself fighting for conservative causes alongside other Clear Lake-area leaders like Tanya Robertson and Dale Huls.

She’s long been conservative but says, “I guess you could say Pete Olson, John Cornyn, and Mitch McConnell were the catalysts that made me pay attention,” she said. “Once Harry Reid passed Obamacare as we burned down the telephone lines to DC, there was no way for me to not be involved.”

While her focus may have started with D.C., she is far from a stranger to state and local politics.

Griffin has coordinated bus trips to Austin during the legislative session to advance conservative causes, held weekly “lunch and learn” events to engage local activists and has organized grassroots opposition campaigns against numerous bonds – including taking on a fight against Pearland ISD’s $220 million bond and, most recently, Clear Creek ISD’s $367 million bond.

“Simply said, I want to see a decrease in government intrusion, and in bureaucratic and governmental corruption. I want our freedom back,” she said. Griffin was also a part of the coalition of activists who went to Iowa to campaign for Ted Cruz during his presidential run.

Her efforts are aimed at restoring our nation’s focus to its original intent: “We have strayed so far from the vision left to us by the Founders. I hope to be a small part of turning that around.”

When not busy volunteering with one of many conservative grassroots organizations, Griffin helps care for her mother and enjoys spending time with family. “If I had no responsibilities I would be a beach bum. Sun, surf, boating, and reading… that’s what gives me true peace. Spending time with family gives me joy.

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.