Jonathan M. Saenz
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Jonathan M. Saenz, Esq., is the President of Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and advancing a culture of family values in the state of Texas.
Prior to leading Texas Values, Jonathan headed the Liberty Institute offices at the Texas Capitol in Austin where he served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Attorney for Liberty Institute. He frequently presents research, analysis, and testimony before the Texas Legislature, State Board of Education, and other government entities on various issues affecting faith, family, and freedom.
Jonathan believes in religious liberty, sanctity of human life, family values, and constitutional rights and has been involved in numerous court cases, including cases before the Texas Supreme Court and the United State Supreme Court. Mr. Saenz helped lead the State Board Education battle to prevent censorship in the Science classroom and protect strong Social Studies & History teaching. He was instrumental in the passage of Texas laws to protect religious liberty, Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, “Under God” in the Texas pledge, the Sonogram Bill, and many others. He has help lead efforts to defend against attacks on parental rights, marriage, the elected State Board of Education, and abstinence sex education in the state of Texas.
Jonathan has been featured in local, national and international media such as Fox News, CNN, USA Radio, Austin-American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, and Houston Chronicle among many others and is a sought after speaker for important events. Mr. Saenz received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he was honored as a Public Interest Law Fellow. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Jonathan is a native Texan (5th generation) who grew up in Houston, Texas and is a proud American. He and his family live in Buda and are members of Santa Cruz Catholic Church.
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David Walls is Director of Operations of Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and advancing faith, family, and freedom in the state of Texas. Prior to working for Texas Values, David was the Grassroots Coordinator for Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group, led by Kelly Shackelford.
David works to stand for religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, traditional family values, and constitutional rights, coordinating communication, grassroots, and educational efforts in Texas and speaking to groups around the state.
David previously worked on the campaign of Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell and interned for the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Mr. Walls has received a MA in Political Science and Legislative Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and was honored as an Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy Fellow. He has also received a MBA from the University of Texas in Arlington and received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University. David is a native Texan who grew up in the Dallas area. He currently lives in Austin with his wife and son, and is a member at Grace Covenant Church.
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Nicole Hudgens is the State Outreach Coordinator of Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and advancing faith, family, and freedom in the state of Texas. Nicole Hudgens joined the Texas Values team at the start of the 84th Texas Legislative Session. She has a passion to see the restoration of family values in her generation and the ones to come. Before joining the Texas Values team, Nicole worked for the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, and recently for Congressman John Fleming in Washington, D.C.
In 2013 Nicole co-hosted a talk radio show covering conservative issues including the recent Texas pro-life omnibus bill and the importance of marriage and family in society. She graduated with a degree in Speech Communication at Louisiana State University, Shreveport in 2011 and is currently earning her master’s degree in Public Policy from Liberty University.