Two US Senate candidates, State GOP Chairman headlining local Reagan Day Dinner Feb. 18

ROCKWALL – US Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Craig James, plus Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri, will be the featured speakers at the Rockwall Co. Republican Party’s annual Reagan Day Dinner, Feb. 18, at 6 pm, at the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel.

Syndicated radio talk show host and conservative political commentator Mike Gallagher will be be the Master of Ceremonies.

A special VIP reception will be held at 5 pm for event sponsors and special guests. A silent auction and door prizes will also be available.

Tickets cost $80 per person and can be obtained by calling 214-793-2923.

Sponsorships from $10,000 to $1,000 are available for purchase from Ken Sterling at 469-698-6565. To see the sponsorship packages, visit:

From 2003-08, Cruz (top row center) served as the Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the State before the U.S. Supreme Court plus all the state and federal appellate courts. Cruz was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, and the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas.

He currently serves as a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Houston, where he leads the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. In addition, from 2004-09, he taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Ted has authored over 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 40 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court.

James (top row right) is a former All-American running back at SMU, played pro football for the New England Patriots – including participating in the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. He later worked as a college football analyst for more than two decades, with time spent at CBS, ABC and ESPN.

James founded Emerging Land Markets in 2003, an extension of his personal real estate holdings with a focus on ranch acquisitions and development. These holdings extended to nearly 50,000 acres with value in excess of $150 million. The sale of assets from 2006-2008 was approximately $100 million.

In January 2010, he joined the board of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a leading research institution that shares Craig’s strong belief in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets and liberty. Later than year, he founded Texans for a Better America, a 501(c)4 corporation, committed to celebrating the essential Texas values and policies that could transform America for the better.

Munisteri (bottom row left) is a retired attorney from Houston who was elected State Party chairman at the state convention June 13, 2010. He unseated incumbent Cathie L. Adams, who had held the position for eight months. Early in his political career, Munisteri served as State Chairman of the Texas Chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), and founded the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) in 1980.

Munisteri was also involved in numerous other businesses in his professional career. He founded Munisteri Properties, with interests in commercial properties, Munisteri Exploration and has participated as a partner in the drilling of several dozen oil and natural gas wells.

As a side business, Munisteri managed dozens of professional boxers from 1989 to 2009, when he fully retired from the business. Many of his fighters obtained boxing titles and two fought for world championships. He freelanced as a play-by-play announcer and color commentator for independently produced televised boxing matches from 1995 to 2009. He was also a Court TV legal contributor and on-air personality from 1995 to 2001.

Conservative talk show host Gallagher (bottom row center) can be heard weekday mornings, from 8-11 am, at KSKY-AM 660. His show is simulcast nationwide on hundreds of stations over the Salem Broadcasting Network.

After beginning his radio career in Dayton OH  right out of high school, Gallagher worked his way up to a two-year stint as morning drive host on WABC-AM, the nation’s most listened-to talk radio station in New York City.

In 1998, The Mike Gallagher Show was launched nationally with twelve radio stations. As of the Spring 2011, Talkers Magazine reports that Gallagher is the sixth most listened-to talk radio host in America with over four million weekly listeners. He’s heard daily in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Atlanta, and Philadelphia as well as in small, medium and major markets all over the country.

According to the Benchmark Company, he is the 8th most-recognized talk radio personality in America. Gallagher has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Forbes. He is also a regular Fox News Channel contributor.

For information, contact Reagan Day Committee Members Mark Russo, Patti Muggeo, Andrew Leonie or Laverne & Dalton Kennimer at 972-636-4034.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher



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