State Chairman Tom Mechler
Tom Mechler has been politically involved for thirty years and was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in March 2015. He was appointed Treasurer of the Republican Party of Texas by Chairman Steve Munisteri in September 2010, a position he had to give up upon his election as RPT Chair.
Prior to serving in state party leadership, Tom served as a county Republican Chairman for a combined period of twelve years at three different locations and under his leadership, helped to flip Gray County in the Texas Panhandle to solid Republican. Tom also served on the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) representing District 28 from 2002 – 2006. He also served as the Platform Committee Chairman at the 2012 and 2014 State Conventions.
Governor Perry appointed Tom to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in November 2005 where he served for nearly nine years, the last five of which as the Vice-Chairman where he was 2nd in command of the state agency responsible for operating 109 prisons, including a $3.3 billion per year budget, 37,000 employees and 22,000 volunteers.
Tom’s business experience includes serving as President of Manna Services, Inc. which operates as a small oil & gas production company and is involved in providing consulting services to independent oil and gas producers in the Texas Panhandle. Tom has extensive experience in the negotiation and auditing of gas purchase contracts for the natural gas industry. He previously worked for ARCO for ten years, seven of which were in Alaska, where he and his family lived in Wasilla. His past assignments included duties as an offshore production foreman, facility engineer at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, facility planner, and technical director.
Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980 and received a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) Finance degree in 1992 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which is the top university in the world in the field of Finance. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer as well as a Volunteer Prison Chaplain. He and his wife Becky currently reside on a ranch outside of Amarillo and have six adult children and fifteen grandchildren.