Calling on Tea Party leaders around the state, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that he has formed a "Grassroots Advisory Board" to focus on border security, education reform and tax relief.
The news follows the appointment of the Lieutenant Governor's Private Citizen Advisory Boards, which Patrick set up to bring business and industry leaders into the legislative process.
The board's 20 members include Chairwoman JoAnn Fleming of Flint, the executive director of the political advocacy group Grassroots America-We the People; Julie McCarty of Grapevine, the co-founder and president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party; Katrina Pierson of Garland, the conservative activist who challenged U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in the 2014 Republican primary; and Robin Lennon of Kingwood, a founding member of Clean Up Austin, a coalition of Tea Party groups that targets tax incentives.
Fleming, chairwoman of the Legislature's Tea Party Caucus advisory committee during the 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions, said the new grassroots board will be a separate entity and have a narrower scope.