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Galveston Island Pachyderms-February 3rd with Dr. Jon Spiers

Coastal Grill
1827 Strand Street, Galveston, TX 77550
Thursday, February 3rd
11:30AM – 1:00PM

All Guests Welcome

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jon Spiers, Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner

Dr. Jon Spiers is the principal attorney at the health law firm Spiers Group and serves on the board of directors of Xceed Biopharma. Xceed is a venture group focused on developing critical biotechnology in the USA to ensure stable and reliable technology on American soil and avoid foreign reliance for essential needs.

Dr. Jon Spiers Dr. Spiers is a graduate of Duke University and subsequently attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee. He continued in Memphis to complete his general surgery residency. The Memphis medical complex was home to one of the nation’s busiest training sites for trauma surgery and a regional Veteran’s Affairs referral hospital.

While a general surgery resident, Jon performed laboratory and clinical research partly funded by the US Army. He studied the efficacy of small volume, easily transportable treatments for traumatic and hypovolemic shock geared towards saving our soldiers while in the arena. Spiers served in the US Army Medical Corps during this time, and then-Captain Spiers was mobilized briefly for the first Gulf War.

Spiers followed his general surgery training with a cardiac and thoracic surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery in the Texas Medical Center.

A year after Hurricane Katrina devastated his community, personal disaster struck. Spiers sustained an injury to his arm and hand that ended his career in the operating room. 

Spiers graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and established the Spiers Group, focused on many Texas-related issues, including biotechnology and business.

Spiers has served a variety of organizations as a volunteer or board member. During the 2020 COVID pandemic, Spiers built and operated a 3D printing facility that manufactured thousands of pieces of protective gear and provided it free of charge to first responders across Texas and the nation.

He has been an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 55 Boy Scouts of America in Houston. He served on the Advisory Board of the national non-profit HealthCorps, where his focus was expanding the Texas Two-Step Save A Life simplified CPR campaign. Always attentive to the needs of our men and women who serve our nation.

Spiers is a life member of the NRA. He has served as a precinct chair and formerly headed the Engagement committee for the Harris County Republican Party. He resides with his wife, Dr. Dana Myers, in Houston. They attend St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.

Dr. Jon Spiers is running for Texas Land Commissioner for a safer, stronger Texas.

For more information visit: www.drjonspiers.com.

This is not an endorsement of the Galveston County GOP. This is for informational purposes only.

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Galveston Island Pachyderms Host Candidates for GOP Chairman

Coastal Grill
1827 Strand Street, Galveston, TX 77550
Thursday, January 27th
11:30AM – 1:00PM

All Guests Welcome

Guest Speakers: Patrick J. McGinnis and Norman Pappous, Candidates for Galveston County GOP Chairman

Patrick-McGinnisPatrick J. McGinnis, MD, MS, MBA:
Professional experience:
Dr. McGinnis has had a career at the intersection of medicine & technology, but always with a focus on the mission at hand.  He has broad medical experience across the public sector, private sector, and academia.

He began his career as a flight surgeon for NASA and the US Air Force Reserve, and then embarked into the emerging discipline of Healthcare IT.  He has held physician executive and leadership positions with Cerner, Memorial Hermann, 2nd.MD and Humana Military.   In 2013, he became one of the first physicians in the US to become Board Certified in the new subspecialty of Clinical Informatics.

Along with these roles, he has been active with Houston Angel Network and an Advisor to the Houston Health Ventures.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, one of the premier institutions of the Texas Medical Center.   He currently serves on the Friendswood Downtown Economic Development Corporation and the Galveston County United Board of Health.

Political experience:
Dr. McGinnis’ entry into the political arena began in 2002.  Then he served as a Congressional Fellow in the US Senate with Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana), gaining tremendous insight to public policy.  In 2008, he attended his first precinct convention, and subsequently has been a steady presence within the Galveston County Republican Party activities.  He has attended every Senate District and RPT State Convention since then.  In 2012, he was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. He was elected and served two terms on the City Council of Friendswood TX.  He served as the Program Chair, and then President of the Galveston County Republican Network.  He was elected to be the Chairman of the Galveston County Republican Party in 2020.

Norman PappousNorman Pappous:
Norman Pappous was born in Galveston, Texas in 1963. He has earned degrees in economics as well as financial markets.

His political efforts began in 1979 as a young teenager stuffing envelopes at the Fairfax County, VA Republican Women’s Club offices. His Republican volunteer efforts span decades at all levels of the Federal, state, and local levels.

Twice elected to the Galveston City Council, the Galveston independent school board of trustees once, and precinct chair for precinct 263 in League City, Norman has won every election he has run in.

He possesses over 25 years of experience in the investment sector in various roles in the UK and USA and has taught Economics at the college level. Norman been quoted in the New York Post, The Financial Times, Forbes, Derivatives Weekly, Investment News, Registered Rep. and other industry publications.

Norman is a prolific advocate for conservative causes and has authored dozens of guest columns that have been published in the Daily News.

He lives in League City, TX with his wife Addie. Together they have raised four boys.

This is not an endorsement of the Galveston County GOP. This is for informational purposes only.

Mid County Republican Network hosting Texas HD23 Candidates

Mid County Republican Network
Hosts Candidates for Texas State Legislator District 23
Tuesday – February 8th, 2022
The Reef Seafood House
1301 31st 1/2 St N, Texas City, TX 77590
Doors open at 6:30, Program starts at 7pm 
CANDIDATES attending are:


Terri Leo-WilsonTerri Leo-Wilson is a retired teacher and program head for special needs students.  A native of Minnesota, Terri has worked in Texas politics for the last 40 years working on the issues the Republicans care about. She recently received the Tribute to Women award from TFRW for her grassroots work in the party. Terri was elected to three terms on the State Board of Education. and to the State Republican Executive Committee Women. She has five children and four grandchildren and  lives with her husband in Galveston.

Gina Smith, Ph.D Gina Smith, Ph.D, is a psychologist focused on helping those confronting mental health struggles.  She is a native of CA, who presently resides in Baycliff, Tx. with her husband and one daughter.


Patrick Gurski, J.D.,Patrick Gurski, J.D., with Eiland & Bonnin, P.C. in Galveston, focusing on criminal and contract law.  Native of Beaumont, TX.  A veteran who served in Afghanistan earning a Bronze Star.  Former prosecutor, presently volunteers with Galveston County Veteran’s Treatment Court, resides in Galveston with his wife and two children.


Dr. Abel Longoria M.D.Dr. Abel Longoria M.D. is a South Texas native, a veteran, a small business owner, and a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician.

In the U.S. Army, Longoria answered his nation’s call to service on many occasions. He served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was awarded the Bronze Star. When the nation stood still after 9/11, Longoria went to New York City to help. He acted as the “Medical Director of Ground Zero” for 14 days immediately following the attacks.
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This is not an endorsement of the Galveston County GOP. This is for informational purposes only.