SBOE Candidate: Jeff Fleece

Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).

Jeff Fleece, District 10, R-Liberty Hill
(Current District 10 Board Member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown; not running for re-election)

Jeff Fleece announced on Tuesday that he will seek the SBOE District 10 seat currently held by Marsha Farney, who is not seeking re-election to the board. His website can be found here.

Jeff Fleece has officially filed to enter the race for the Texas State Board of Education District 10. Fleece initially announced his candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives District 20 in October, but was encouraged to run for the SBOE by voters in the district who were looking for strong conservative representation on the SBOE. “The State Board of Education plays a critical public policy role by overseeing the public education system and by managing the $25 billion Permanent School Fund which funds textbook purchases for Texas’ 5 million students. I intend to be a strong conservative voice to ensure that these critical assets are protected and developed to face the challenges of the next century,” Fleece said.

“I was honored today to file my application for a place on the Republican ballot for the Texas State Board of Education District 10,” said Jeff Fleece. “I hope to continue my commitment to public service that started when I was 18 years old and took my first oath to protect and defend the Constitution as a cadet at West Point and continued through my selfless service to the State of Texas as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Texas Health & Human Services Commission,” Fleece said.

Jeff Fleece is a 1994 West Point graduate with a degree in mechanical (aerospace) engineering. In 2003, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin. Fleece attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army and served for five years, including service in Kuwait with the 1st Cavalry Division. Fleece was the Republican nominee for House District 50 in 2006 and also served as the Vice Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party. He has extensive experience as an executive in commercial and government technology roles. As the Deputy CIO for the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Jeff led numerous mission-critical technology modernization projects that improved services for the neediest Texans while saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Fleece has a proven ability to efficiently manage a state budget by using the best practices from business that he has mastered through over a decade of key business leadership roles. Fleece has recently returned to the private sector in a key cloud computing leadership capacity.

Jeff has been happily married to his wife Nicole for 13 years; they have resided in Williamson County for two years after living in Travis County for over a decade. Nicole is president of a consulting firm and a national ambassador for a major multiple sclerosis advocacy organization.

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6 Comments

  1. Donald
    Posted December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    If the Bio data is correct he will have lots of company from the ultra lites on that board. It’ll be interesting to see if the % mix of fundies to straights changes after this election. Old “Guv” should throw him a welcome party if he makes it.

  2. Charles
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Agree. Nix that.

  3. abb3w
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Not so fast, Charles! Not all Catholics are as sensible as JP2 was.

    Poking Google turns up a 2006 Voters Guide here, which has him as strongly favoring “Presenting scientific evidence in our public schools supporting intelligent design, and not just evolution, and treat both theories as viable ones on the origin of life.” Given that “Health Education” (Sex Ed) is coming up for review next (if I recall correctly), his strong conservative stances in 2006 on abortion, nondiscrimination over sexual orientation, stem cell research, and the Federal Marriage Amendment also raise less direct flags about what he has in mind there. He also seems to favor school vouchers, which too often seem in practice to be a tool for gutting funding support for public schools.

    Perhaps not into the Very Silly Party grade in my taxonomy, but very likely a step down from Marsha Farney into Silly Party.

  4. Charles
    Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Catholics are okay. He gets a pass.

  5. Stan
    Posted December 10, 2011 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    From: Jeff Fleece [mailto:jfleece@austin.rr.com]
    Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:22 PM
    To: ‘stan’
    Subject: RE: SBOE

    Stan,

    Thank you for your note. I am a Roman Catholic and am committed to advocating policies that focus on the development of foundational skills in math, English, science, and critical thinking that will prepare the schoolchildren of Texas for the challenges of a competitive global business environment.

    Regards,
    Jeff

  6. Stan
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I did not see a mention of your religious affiliation. This information will help voters to determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow upon your election. If elected you will have to consider what the next generation of public school students in TEXAS will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects.

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