Geanie W. Morrison – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 30, Texas

Republican Party of Texas
www.geaniemorrison.comwww.geaniemorrison.com
P.O. Box 4642Victoria, TX 77903
361-578-2971
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Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Geanie is married to Jack R. Morrison, Jr., a CPA in the accounting firm of Bumgardner, Morrison & Co., LLP. They have two children, Lauri and Matt. Geanie is the daughter of the late Vesta and Gene Williams. She has two brothers, Jeff Williams of Victoria and Wayne Williams of Palo Alto, California and one sister, Carol Williams, of Prairie Lea, Texas. Her mother-in-law, Audre Morrison, also resides in Victoria.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Attended, Victoria College.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Homemaker.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Community involvement has been, and continues to be a very important part of Geanie's life. Her 15-year commitment to the Junior League of Victoria allowed Geanie to be involved in such worthwhile causes as "Making the Grade" and "Great Expectations." During this time, she worked closely with the youth of her community to ensure that they understood their importance as an individual and that education is essential to open the doors of opportunity. As Chair of the "Great Expectations" program, she worked with pregnant teens, helping them to finish high school and pursue a college education that would provide them with the training necessary to support their family.

Prior to running for state Representative, Geanie served on the Governor's staff as the Executive Director of the Governor's Commission for Women that also housed volunteerism. She also served on the Texas Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, both of which were appointments by then Governor George W. Bush.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

For the 82nd Legislative Session, Representative Morrison was appointed to the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. She also serves as the vice-chair of the House Committee on Human Services. Representative Morrison served as the chair of the House Committee on Higher Education for the 78th, 79th and 80th Legislative Sessions. She served as the co-chair of the National Council of State Legislatures - Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education and as a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States. Rep. Morrison was selected to co-chair the Education Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures, serving as a representative for higher education. During the Bush Administration, Representative Morrison was asked to serve on the National Summit steering committee for the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. In the fall of 2007, Representative Morrison was named vice chair of the National Council of State Legislatures Standing Committees for 2007-2008 and was appointed by the Governor to the Southern Regional Education Board. She also serves on the House Research Organization and the Energy Council.

During her service on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee, Representative Morrison authored the Country's first Baby Moses legislation, which provides desperate mothers a responsible alternative to newborn abandonment. Since its passage in 1999, all 50 states have implemented similar measures, and hundreds of newborns have been saved nationwide - nearly 100 in the state of Texas.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Representative Morrison has been recognized by the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as Legislator of the Year and received the Texas Higher Education Leadership Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In addition, Representative Morrison has been recognized for her commitment to education with the Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Texas Regional Collaboratives, received the Educational Testing Services Legislative Excellence in Education Award, the Texas Community College Teachers Association Legislator of the Year Award, and was recognized as one of South Texas' Women of the Year. On November 18, 2008, the Boy Scouts of America South Texas Council honored Representative Morrison with their Distinguished Citizen Award. She also received the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year award in 2009. Additionally in 2009 and 2011, Representative Morrison was awarded the Texas Taxpayer Advocate Award by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, and she earned a 100% rating by the Texas Conservative Coalition for fulfilling her responsibility to the "Pledge with Texans" initiative.

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