A local resident joined more than 1,275 other Republican women leaders from across the nation Sept. 19-22 at the National Federation of Republican Women’s 37th biennial convention, which focused on leadership training in preparation for the 2014 midterm elections.Judy Flanagin, Vice-President Bylaws and Legislation, Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford was elected to serve as a delegate and attended the 2013 NFRW Convention in Louisville, Ky.Flanagin has been a member of BLRWW since January 1, 2006. She previously served BLRWW as hospitality chair and served two terms as the club’s president. Flanagin is the District Director for Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, as well as a legal assistant for the law firm Eggleston Flowers & King, LLP. She currently serves as Club Vice-President and Membership Chair for the Rotary Club of Weatherford, is a member of the East Parker County Chamber Legislative Committee, the Weatherford Chamber Business Development, is the Executive Director of Parker County Executive Association, and sits on the advisory board for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Flanagin is also a deputy voter registrar encouraging folks to get registered and vote. Flanigan and her husband, Jay, have been married for 35 years and both serve and teach at Greenwood Baptist Church. Her hobbies include fishing, photography and spending time with her family.During the four-day event, which was one of the largest national gatherings of Republicans this year, registrants participated in a series of leadership training seminars in the areas of outreach, community, campaigns, fundraising and message development taught by nationally-recognized experts. They heard from Republican leaders, elected officials and other notable guests, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day and noted filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.“I was honored to attend my first NFRW Convention; Kentucky is a beautiful state. It was a very educational convention and well worth the trip,” Flanigan said. “One of the highlights of the convention was meeting new friends from across the nation who, like me, are serving in their local Republican Women’s clubs. It was good to exchange information and share ideas with them. Our nation has a battle ahead and, like one of the convention speakers said, ‘Republican Women are workhorses, not show horses.’ Bush Legacy Republican Women is ready to work.”Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.