PAC Board

Leo Linbeck III

Leo is a husband, father of five, and CEO of Aquinas Companies, a Catholic commercial institution and parent company of Linbeck Group, one of the leading institutional construction companies in the US. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Fannin Life Sciences, a drug and medical device product development firm.

Leo is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and is a 2-time winner of the Alumni Teaching Award at the Jones School. From 2005 to 2021 he was a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Leo is a native Houstonian. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Civil Engineering and Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books). He then completed his Master’s Degree in structural engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he had his first startup company in the software business. He earned his MBA from Stanford. He is the only student in the history of the GSB to both graduate as valedictorian and win the Arbuckle award, the student-awarded prize for contributions to the school.

Over the past 20 years, Leo has been actively involved in education reform, and serves as board chairman of two education non-profits, Families Empowered and Seton Education Partners. He is also Founding Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the Urban Reform Institute and ran the largest non-partisan SuperPAC in the 2012 election cycle, the Campaign for Primary Accountability.

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

A native of Brownsville, Texas, and a graduate of Pan American University, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. began his public service in 1971, when he was elected Cameron County Treasurer and later Cameron County Commissioner. He served his community at the local level until 1987, when he was elected to serve in the Texas House of Representatives. After two consecutive terms as a member of the House, Senator Lucio began his service in the Texas Senate in 1991. Since his initial election, he has continuously served as State Senator of Senate District 27 in South Texas and is currently third in seniority in the Senate.

He is the former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, as well as the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade. Most recently, he has served as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committees on Finance and Education. On the national stage, he sits as Co-Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Hunger Partnership, where he advocates for food and nutrition programs to feed hungry families across the country.

Throughout his legislative career, Senator Lucio has championed equitable funding for education, teachers, public schools, healthcare coverage for children with special needs, mental health programs, affordable housing, infrastructure, economic development, international commerce, numerous Veteran causes, and of course, legislation that safeguards life. Over the last 36 years, his work has led to milestones like the establishment of the UTRGV School of Medicine. Thanks to a historic piece of legislation passed in 1997, he proudly holds the title of “The Father of Medical Education.” In addition, his work has catalyzed enhanced teacher retirement policies, sports programs for students with special needs, breakfast and lunch programs for low-income students, expanded access to quality healthcare, increased trade across the Texas-Mexico border, and much more.

His lifetime of advocacy and achievements has earned him countless, well-deserved awards from agencies and organizations across the state. He is selfless in his leadership and has always worked passionately to promote and represent the interests of the hard-working families of South Texas. Although he plans to soon retire from his position as a public servant, he promises to never retire from his position as a servant of the people.

Upon retirement, Senator Lucio plans to establish a ministry for at-risk children and will continue his work as a pro-life advocate.

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. is happily married to his wife of 54 years, Minnie Lucio. He is the proud father of two children. His son, former State Representative Eddie Lucio III, served 16 years in the Texas Legislature, and his daughter, Lynda Cisneros-Lucio, has served as a public school counselor and teacher for over 25 years. He is grateful to have been blessed with five brilliant grandchildren, Carlos Lucio-Cisneros Jr., Alex Lucio-Cisneros, Annie Lucio-Cisneros, Olivia Lucio, and Eddie Lucio IV.

Doug Deason

Doug Deason is a conservative activist and donor from Dallas, Texas . He has been the president of the Deason Foundation since 2009. The Deason Foundation works with charities and directly with politicians at the state and federal levels on initiatives to empower the poor to lift themselves from poverty through criminal justice reform, education reform and free enterprise programs.

Doug serves in board or leadership positions for the Dallas County Republican Party, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), Lone Star Justice Alliance and Texans for Free Enterprise, he has demonstrated leadership in conservative politics, including the issue of criminal justice reform. Mr. Deason is a supporting member of the Texas Smart on Crime Coalition, the largest statewide effort working to make Texas’ criminal justice system smarter, safer, and more cost effective. He is also a signatory to Right on Crime’s Statement of Principles on conservative criminal justice reform. Right on Crime is a project of TPPF in cooperation with Prison Fellowship and the American Conservative Union Foundation. Doug was an advisor to the White House on CJR issues from May of 2017 to January of 2021 and was recently appointed to the Florida Foundation of Correctional Excellence by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Colleen Dippel

Colleen Dippel began her career as a teacher. Colleen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Families Empowered, a Texas based parent service organization. Colleen is a former public-school teacher. She has a BA in public policy, an elementary teaching certificate, and a MA in Education Leadership and Administration. She was a 2013 LEE Emerging Political Leadership Fellow and a 2017 Pahara-Aspen Fellowship recipient. Colleen served on the Advisory Board of the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program at the Jones School of Business. She is a member of the John Cooper School Booster Club Board, serves on the Advisory Board of the Thrive with Autism Charter School, and she and her daughter are active participants in The Woodlands TX chapter of National Charity League.

Colleen is the proud mother of two very active teenagers.