Pro-Life College Student Conference Hosted by Texas Students For Life

2016 Speakers

Rep. Mike Schofield

For his work in the 84th Legislative Session, Mike Schofield was named “Freshman of the Year” in the Texas House.

Before being elected to the Texas House, Schofield was the governor’s point man on the Voter ID bill that will protect the fairness of Texas elections by requiring voters to show photo ID when voting, as well as the “loser pays” tort reform bill that will help reduce the duration and cost of frivolous lawsuits.  Mike worked for several legislative sessions on the successful efforts to limit government’s power to take your property by eminent domain.  Mike has also advised Governor Perry on Tenth Amendment issues, election law, the Texas judicial system, and appraisal cap reduction.

Before joining Governor Perry’s office, Schofield practiced law at the law firms of Baker Botts LLP and Howrey & Simon, and with the legal department of Equiva Services LLC in Houston.  Mike’s legal practice concentrated on defending Texas businesses from commercial and tort lawsuits.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University and received his law degree from Louisiana State University, where he finished in the top five percent of his class, served on the law review, and was elected president of the student body.

Active in Harris County Republican politics for almost two decades, Mike served as Vice Chairman of the Harris County Party Republican Party Finance Committee, founded the Harris County Republican Party’s “November Team” organization of party’s donors and volunteers, and was Chairman of the Candidate Committee for the R Club.  Mike has been elected as a delegate to every GOP State Convention since 1998.


Brendan Steinhauser 

Brendan Steinhauser is co-founder and partner at Steinhauser Strategies, a public relations, government affairs, and political consulting company based in Austin, Texas. With more than a decade of experience organizing political and advocacy campaigns, Brendan has worked in 40+ states and most recently served as Senator John Cornyn’s campaign manager. Prior to relocating to Texas, Brendan was the Director of Federal and State Campaigns for the Washington, D.C.-based grassroots advocacy organization, FreedomWorks.

In 2011 Brendan was named one of TIME Magazine’s “40 Under 40 in American Politics.” In 2009 Brendan was the lead organizer for the September 12 Taxpayer March on Washington, which was the largest gathering of limited government activists in U.S. history. A native of Flatonia, Texas, Brendan is a graduate of the University of Texas – Austin and holds a master’s degree from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. Brendan is the author of “The Conservative Revolution,” a guide for college students to effectively organize on campus. For more information about Brendan’s work, visit his personal website:www.BrendanSteinhauser.com


Sen. Konni Burton 

Konni is first and foremost a wife, a mom, and a life long Christian. Konni attended the University of North Texas, where she graduated with a BBA in Marketing. That’s where she met Phil, her husband, also a graduate of UNT. Soon after Phil and Konni married, they moved to Tarrant County where Konni went to work for Olmstead-Kirk Paper Co. After several years, the drive to start her own business took over, and Konni opened her own wedding consulting business, Weddings Ltd.

During that period, Konni and Phil began their work with The Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth. Konni volunteered her time and energy to the Center and held leadership positions on the Auxiliary Board. After their first daughter was placed in their arms, Konni decided to become a full time mother. Konni and Phil adopted their second daughter four and a half years later, also a “Gladney Baby”.

Last election cycle, Konni was deeply involved in local campaigns: walking precincts, donating money, and organizing events for conservative State Representatives Giovanni Capriglione, Matt Krause, Stephanie Klick, and Jonathan Stickland. She also worked closely with national conservative organizations such as FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservative Fund. Konni was also a DFW grassroots leader for the Ted Cruz campaign, organizing get out the vote events and participating in press conferences supporting the Senator.


Luke Macias

Luke got into politics through his dad who was an elected state representative for two years when the moderate establishment Republicans decided to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to take him out of office. Luke learned quickly that being conservative was costly in politics and loves working to empower conservatives to win elections and fight for conservative policy solutions for Texas. If he’s not working, he’s spending time with multiple church ministries as well as his family (He has six siblings). http://maciasstrategies.com


Building a Pro-Life Culture on Your Campus – Peer Leaders

Ashley Reed is a senior Management major at Texas A&M University.  She is the president of Pro-Life Aggies and has been accepted to the Human Resource Management Graduate Program at Mays Business School-Texas A&M upon her graduation in May.

Fritzina Morrison is a college junior from Houston.  Fritzina majors in Biochemistry at Texas State University and is the president of Bobcats for Life.  She was recently promoted to director of a microbiology lab at Texas State for Spring 2016.

Sydney Dankworth is a sophomore Biochemistry major from Ballinger, Texas. She serves as the president of Pro-Life Rams at Angelo State University.  In her free time, Sydney also serves as a board member at the Pregnancy Help Center of Concho Valley.

Adam Fogel is a junior at the University of Texas at Arlington. He majors in Architecture and serves as the public relations officer of Pro-Life Mavericks. Adam hopes to work in landscape architecture upon his graduation next May.

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