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Speakers Bureau

Jonathan Boos

Jonathan is a resident of Garland, Texas and was born, raised, and has lived his entire life in the Dallas area. He was homeschooled through high school, and worked at a local Wal-Mart to put himself through college at the University of Texas at Dallas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from UTD’s honors program with a B.A. in government. During his junior year of college, Jonathan was an intern for the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. as a Fellow in the University of Texas Archer Fellowship program.

After graduating from college, Jonathan attended the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University on an academic scholarship. While in law school he participated in criminal defense for indigent individuals in Dallas County, clerked for a family law judge, attended Oxford University in Oxford England, and was a member of multiple mock trial teams.

After passing the bar exam in 2009, Jonathan practiced law for four and a half years. His law practice included representing individuals, corporations, non-profits, and educational and religious institutions as both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters. He handled many different types of cases including oil and gas contract negotiation and litigation, family, personal injury, and 2nd Amendment related cases.

In 2014 Jonathan left his law firm to go full time running a small business that he and his brother had started a few years prior. Jonathan is currently the co-owner of a growing e-commerce company located in Dallas, Texas that focuses on the acquisition and resale of used media products.

Politically, Jonathan served as the President of the Dallas County Young Republicans from 2012-2014. He served on the State Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Texas from 2013–2015. He has also served as Chair of the Resolutions Committee for the Dallas County Republican Party. He has volunteered for numerous federal, state and local candidates, including leading a group of young professionals to perform get out the vote efforts in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the days leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

Jonathan won the Republican nomination for State Representative in Texas House District 113 in the March 2018 Republican primary election. District 113 is comprised of parts or all of the cities of Rowlett, Garland, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Balch Springs and Seagoville. Jonathan received 54% of the vote in the primary as one of just a handful of candidates in the state to face multiple challengers and avoid a runoff.

Jonathan is an Eagle Scout and is an active member of the The Village Church. He is active in the community as a volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and he currently serves on Big Brothers Big Sister’s Dallas Region Junior Board of Directors. He also serves on a regional Selective Service System Board for the Dallas County area, and as Treasurer for the Noon Exchange Club of Garland. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Dallas Mavericks basketball, reading, politics, playing tennis and running.

Discussion Topics:

  • Running For Office
  • Fundraising (Especially As A Young Professional)

Konni Burton

As a life long Republican, Konni’s continued concerns over the increasing size and scope of the federal government jump started her grassroots activism for conservative candidates at all levels of government. She got involved in local grassroots groups and campaigns, block walked, organized events, and donated money to advance candidates that espoused her shared belief in limited government, personal liberty and free market economics. Konni served as one of Ted Cruz’s top organizers in DFW during his historic 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Still frustrated by having a far-left Democrat, Wendy Davis, representing Tarrant County in the Texas Senate however, Konni decided to run for Senate District 10 herself. She would go on to secure the Republican nomination amidst a crowded field and was then successful in winning back the district from the Democrats the following November.

While serving in the Texas legislature, Konni took on the big fights – from 2nd amendment legislation to civil asset forfeiture reform. Always an advocate for the taxpayer, she became the strongest proponent in the legislature for ending the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, ending corporate welfare, and advancing common sense criminal justice reform. While these fights made her unpopular amongst the ‘business-as-usual’ crowd in Austin, bringing attention to these issues now has citizens and legislators alike, continuing those fights.

Her commitment to conservative principles earned her “100% ratings” from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the National Right to Life, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Young Conservatives of Texas and she received the Taxpayer Champion designation from Empower Texans after both the 84th and 85th legislative sessions.

An activist at heart, Konni’s passion for limited government, individual liberties and free market principles, means a lifelong engagement in the fight to protect these values.

Discussion Topics:

  • Texas Senate

Maria Espinoza

Maria Espinoza is the Co-founder and National Director of The Remembrance Project, and the person who brought the Angel Mom, Dads and Families to Donald Trump during the 2015-16 Presidential election cycle.

She is the creator of the “Stolen Lives Quilt”, a visual memorial that honors and remembers Americans killed by illegal aliens. She is nationally recognized as the foremost expert on the impacts and cost in human lives that open borders and nonenforcement of immigration laws are causing.

Maria has appeared often on NRA TV with Grant Stinchfield, OAN, Christian Broadcasting Network, Fox News, Fox Business channels, DOVE TV, Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs, interviewed with Tucker Carlson. A highly sought-after expert, she has given hundreds of radio interviews across America.

Even Univision named Maria as one of America’s top “15 immigration hawks defining Trump’s agenda”; the only lady and only Latina named on their list.

On January 25, 2017, she stood alongside President Trump at the White House signing of the Executive Orders on border security, where he handed Maria the pens with which he signed the orders. In April 2017, and in fulfillment of a campaign promise to Maria that he would more directly assist Angel Families, President Trump formed the President’s Office of “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement” (VOICE).

In addition to speaking across the country Maria has testified before Congress on National Security, participated in roundtable discussions with all levels of law enforcement, met with several Trump Administration high level cabinet officials in Justice, Homeland Security and in the State Department and has attended murder trials and criminal hearings with surviving families.

A native Texan and an accomplished former collegiate distance runner, Maria earned AllAmerican status at Abilene Christian University in Texas. She now works and resides with her husband, Tim Lyng, in Washington D.C. and in her home state of Texas.

Discussion Topics:

  • Immigration
  • Texas

Rachel Malone

Rachel Malone is the Texas Director for Gun Owners of America, spearheading GOA’s work within the Texas Legislature.

Rachel is passionate about promoting the right to keep and bear arms in legislation, training, and public perception. In 2012 she founded Texas Firearms Freedom, the first organization to champion constitutional carry in Texas, and has seen tremendous progress through her efforts.

A nationally-certified firearms instructor, Rachel teaches defensive handgun and rifle, finding joy in empowering individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones. She trains and shoots in disciplines from CQB to long-range rifle and participates regularly in Run n Gun biathlons.

Rachel is guest writer for various gun blogs and speaks regularly throughout Texas and beyond on topics including gun rights, legislative action, gun safety, party politics, and more. She remains dedicated to training others in the process by which they can make change happen, safeguarding liberty and justice for all.

Previously, Rachel served as the Operations Director of the Republican Party of Texas, ran a private music studio, and performed as a classical musician. Coming from a long line of proud Texans, she enjoys living on a farm in central Texas.

Discussion Topics:

  • Texas Legislative Process
  • Firearms Issues
  • Gun Rights
  • Party Process
  • Grassroots Activism
  • Legislative Updates

Bunni Pounds

As a political consultant, Bunni leads one of the best campaign organizations in Texas. She started her career as the campaign manager and Texas fundraiser for U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling for over 8 years, then launched her own firm, Bunni Pounds & Associates in 2015 to help clients throughout Texas.

Bunni’s experience doesn’t just stop at politics. She has 13 years managing her own 3 small businesses before her political career, 6 years in non-profit management. She has a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in Political Science from Dallas Baptist University and an Associate’s degree in Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas.

When her former boss, Congressman Jeb Hensarling, announced his retirement from Congress at the end of 2017, Bunni desperately tried to find a qualified and principled conservative leader to fill his shoes. Coming up short – she felt a call to run herself and plunged herself into a Congressional race that she never saw coming. In the end – she made it through a field of 8 primary candidates into the Republican Primary runoff but came up slightly short. During the primary season, she raised more money than any GOP open seat candidate in the State of Texas during the primary season, gained the endorsement of Vice President Mike Pence, became the only Republican woman Congressional candidate in the state to make the runoff election, and gained the respect of national leaders for her hard work effort and principled campaign.

Married for 22 years to Tim Pounds, they have 2 young adult sons.

Tim and Bunni have been active in Christian ministry for over 20 years. They pastored a house church, Reality Community, for over 10 years, helping facilitate missions around the world. Bunni is a Bible teacher and public speaker who has authored 2 books – Kingdom Life Discipleship Unit 1 & 2.

Discussion Topics:

  • Motivational
  • Party Building
  • Grassroots Prep for 2020
  • Training for Candidates
  • Impacting our Nation – One Heart at a Time (What I learned Running for Congress)
  • Is Texas a Purple State? Prep for 2020
  • Women in GOP Politics
  • Political Activism 101
  • How to Engage in Politics the RIGHT way
  • Living your Destiny
  • How to Pray for America

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