It was a long night in November watching the defeat of her candidate in a U.S. congressional election, where suddenly Terri Broussard Williams was out of a job. As the spokesperson for this senatorial candidate, as soon as the night ended Williams was out of work with no direction of what she would be doing the following days and weeks. That’s when a mentor said she should be a lobbyist. Her background in journalism and tv equipped her with the communication skills of a qualified lobbyist - Terri should give it a try. A born and bred Louisiana girl was thrown into the world of legislation, navigating the ecosystem of a capitol building with no prior experience in her pocket. Through the encouragement of others, and by the legacy and teachings of her parents and grandparents, Terri’s fundamental perseverance to start fires in communities, legislative floors, and college campuses continues to challenge the mediocrity that lives there.
Christi Craddick was elected Texas Railroad Commissioner in 2012 and has held her seat for two terms. She works in Austin to assure the oil, gas, and railroad industries of Texas are operating at their top performance. Experiences in oil and gas law, in combination with a parent as a politician, has contributed to her knowledge of being an elected official. Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Christi grew up in the heat and surrounded by conservative republicans. Because of father, Tom Craddick, has been a Texas Congressman since before her parents were married, Christi was exposed to the life of a politician and the duties that comes with it. That never stopped her father from putting his family first, she says, and it was his example of family first that has inspired her to work hard but always come home to her family. Despite the time that requires her to work away from home, Christi places emphasis on time spent with her family.
Who runs the world? Still men... but Kim Olson knows how to work within that world and is doing her damnest to swing the door open for women to march their asses in. She is currently running for Texas Commissioner for Agriculture. Speaking with Olson for an hour gives a window into her life and the wisdom she has gained. Her warm disposition paired with a relaxed vocabulary makes it easy to relate to her extraordinary stories and seem like you are talking to a life-long friend. The experience of living on overseas bases while growing up heavily influenced her. At the age of 14, she was with her parents who were teachers on Clark Air Force Base when the POWs came off an airplane from Vietnam. The patriotism, grace, and appreciation for freedom greatly impacted Olson.