PHILADELPHIA – Delegates to the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 39th Biennial Convention elected Jody Rushton of Plano, Texas, to serve as president for 2018-2019, during its convention held Sept. 14-17 in Philadelphia.
Rushton has been a respected force in Republican circles for three decades, dating back to her position as western states coordinator for the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1984. She succeeds NFRW President Carrie Almond of Chillicothe, Mo., who served as NFRW president during the 2016-2017 biennium.
The Republican Party of Texas recently awarded Rushton the first Susan B. Anthony Leadership Award for her work building Rising Stars among Texas Republican women throughout the state. Rushton also was awarded the Collin County Republican Party’s John McVeigh Award in 2015 for outstanding service and dedication to the Republican Party. The McAllen, Texas, native has served as president of Conner Harrington Republican Women’s Club and president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.
The newly-elected Executive Committee of the National Federation of Republican Women is excited to build on the organization’s foundation of leadership over the next two years, Rushton said. “We are grateful and humbled to reach out to women all around this great country,” she continued. “We are proud of our past, and committed to our future. We are united in our goals and stronger as we move forward together.”
NFRW officers elected on Sept. 16 are:
- PRESIDENT Jody Rushton, Texas
- 1ST VICE PRESIDENT Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman, Illinois
- 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Eileen Sobjack, Washington
- 3RD VICE PRESIDENT Julie Harris, Arkansas
- 4TH VICE PRESIDENT Ann Schockett, New York
- SECRETARY Frances Taylor, Alabama
- TREASURER Vanessa LaFranco, New Jersey
Three members-at-large to the Executive Committee will be elected by the NFRW Board of Directors on Sept. 17.
“The women of the NFRW join me in congratulating Jody and the new administration and have the utmost confidence they will continue to lead our organization into a bright future,” Almond said.
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.