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REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF GREGG COUNTY

A Unique Political Club

In 1980, the Republican Women of Gregg County club was founded when a group of individuals decided to turn their shared interests into an official Political Club. After a couple of quick meetings, we were on our way to creating something extraordinary.

 

With time, we’ve grown into a more serious and mature organization, allowing us to take our interests to new levels. When you decide to join us, you too will gain access to various events and, more importantly, to a community of people who are just as passionate as you are about the Republican Party, and getting Conservative Republicans elected..

Leadership

President:  Jennifer Kranzman

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Jennifer Kranzman has spent 45 years caring for Gregg County resident through an extensive nursing career. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1976from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana she was president of the Student Nurses Association and charter member of Sigma Theta Tau- Beta Chi Chapter, a nursing honor society. She pursued a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1994 as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She became certified in Diabetes, Foot Care, Brain Injury, Acute Rehab, and Wound, Ostomy and Incontinence. She started many support groups, program startups, health fairs, clinics providing consulting work to hospitals, home health agencies and nursing homes in the area, and recognized in Who’s Who in Nursing, Nurse of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Exemplary Nurse.

After retiring from her role as Chief Nurse Officer in Alaska, she returned to Texas in 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and a year into the COVID pandemic. She was given the honor of an Inupiat name of “Kanuk” translated as “gatherer.” 

A strong believer of faith, family, and freedom, she decided to join the Republican Women of Gregg County to offer her skills in 2021. She was asked to be on the Executive Board, became a Volunteer Deputy registrar for Gregg County, poll worker, trained to be a poll judge for Precinct 18, Newsletter Writer, and Chairman of Political Activities/Get Out the Vote for the club. She is the Chairman of Neighborhood Watch for her neighbors at Lake Cherokee. 
Her husband Ed of 46 years had moved from designer draftsman in oilfield and designing houses to owning several food service businesses: donut shops, and restaurants. Retirement has allowed Jennifer and Ed to be closer to family, entertaining friends, travel, gardening, volunteer work, walking their English Bulldogs Bonnie and Clyde, and join the Longview Lug Nugs Car club. Jennifer and her husband were heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America while raising their son’s. Both were Woodbadge Leaders, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Masters, Day Camp Administrators and First Grade Sunday School teachers.

Her son Brad Kranzman graduated from Sabine High Scholl in 1998, at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Airport Management with a minor in Business and Professional Aviation. He has worked at the East Texas Regional Airport as the Operation Director for 10 years. Her son Kevin graduated from Sabine High School in 2000 and is co-owner of the Southern Supply House, an oil field supply company in Kilgore, Texas for 4 years. He and his wife Crystal have a daughter Jada who keeps her grandparents busy attending her many sporting events for Sabine ISD.

Vice-President, Programs:  Rhonda Anderson

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As Director of Grassroots Engagement for Texans for Greg Abbott, Rhonda demonstrates her commitment and passion of Keeping Texas Red. 

Rhonda joined the Abbott team in 2017 as a field organizer covering several East Texas Counties. Today, she builds teams of volunteers to help State Level Republican Candidates throughout Texas, while secondarily supporting Texas Federation of Republican Women across the State.

Locally, Rhonda has been the Vice-President of programs for the Republican Women of Gregg County since 2016, was elected as Precinct 7 Chair for the Gregg County GOP, and is also a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in multiple Counties. Rhonda strongly believes in growing the Republican voter base and being a Registrar provides the perfect scenario for daily expansion of the Republican party in Texas.  

She also served as the State Republican Executive Committee woman for Senate District One, and recently was appointed to serve as scholarship Chair for TFRW. She is fearless in promoting TFRW values, sharing ideas with other clubs and identify high quality speakers to support club growth.

Rhonda moved to Texas in 2013 and chose Gregg County to live in because it is one of the most conservative counties in the State. She is married and has a son, who is a senior at Springhill high school, also the owner of three beloved German Shepherds.


Prior to making a living in the ever-changing world of Politics, Rhonda worked as a customer service rep for a major airline and an entrepreneur as an artisan soap maker producing all-natural soaps and personal care items.

Vice President, Membership:  Connie Wade

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Jimmy Carter’s presidency lit an intense interest in politics for Connie.  At the time Judge Martin was the only Republican holding a county-wide office in Gregg County with no GOP state-wide office holders in Texas.  

In 1980 Connie walked her neighborhood in support of Ronald Reagan for President and realized that assisting in block walks and phone banks was a way of making a difference.  She began volunteering for most county-wide and state-wide campaigns (too many to list!) as well as becoming active with RWGC and the Gregg County GOP Executive Committee.  

From 1986 thru 1992 Connie served as its Secretary and as its Vice-Chair from 1994 to 1997.  Serving as Election Judge in her precinct was something she enjoyed as well as serving as a delegate to GOP state conventions.  In 1990 she was named Gregg County GOP Volunteer of the Year (by Gregg County GOP) and Senatorial District 1 Volunteer of the Year by the State Republican Executive Committee.  

Her years with TFRW included serving as District Director for SD 1, Deputy President, Vice-President in charge for Membership and in 1996, her last year on the Executive Board, she served as the Editor of TFRW’s Texas Star newsletter.

In June 1997 Connie took the job as state-wide scheduler for Rick Perry’s successful 1998 campaign for Lt. Governor; a job that was roughly 18 months long.  In 2004 she bested an opponent in the Republican Primary for Gregg County Clerk, an office she served till her retirement December 31, 2018.  

As of 2021, she has again become politically active, circulating petitions for Supreme Court candidates and signing on as campaign treasurer for John Moore for Gregg County District Attorney.  Now in 2022 she is serving as Vice President in charge of Membership as well as serving on the Early Vote Ballot Board (EVBB) for the Primary Election.  

In July Governor Greg Abbott appointed Connie as Commissioner to the Sabine River Authority Compact.  This appointment follows 2 previous appointments she has held: Governor’s Commission for Women under Gov. George W. Bush and Sabine River Authority under Gov. Rick Perry. 

Working in her yard is something Connie finds both rewarding and relaxing.  She shares her home with her husband Jerry Gipson, a retired corporate pilot who began his flying career with the U.S. Air Force piloting an F-4 Phantom during the Viet Nam War.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a particularly difficult bombing mission over North Vietnam the night of July 4, 1972 and retired as a Captain with 11 years of service.  

Her son Shannon Wade who graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1990 is the owner-operator of a private ambulance service in Northwest Houston.  He started his business shortly after 9-11.  He named it Patriot EMS.  He has been in business for over 20 years.  Shannon  and his 3 children reside in Spring, Texas. 

Treasurer:  Gwen Wuori

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Gwendolyn Gray Wuori became a member of Gregg County Republican Women in November 2020.  She grew up in Longview, Texas from the age of three years old.  She graduated from Mary C. Womack High school, attended Kilgore Junior College and North Texas State University before marrying and moving away.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Delaware State University. As the wife of an US Air Force Officer, she has lived in several of these United States.
 
Gwen retired from Snohomish County, Everett, WA, where she was employed as the Contract Compliance Specialist. She has also been a Licensed Real Estate Agent, a Grant Administrator, a commercial Lease Administrator, and a Licensed Notary.

Her community service duties included Everett Washington Library Board of Trustees; Everett 2010 Vision & Strategic Planning Member.  

Upon retirement Gwen and her husband, Jerry, moved back to Longview in May 2018. She became active in Texas politics after Jerry’s death in 2020.
 
Gwen became actively involved in the Republican Women of Gregg County, where she is currently serving as Treasurer.  She is currently a Gregg County Precinct Chair. She is Republican Judge for the Gregg County Ballot Board, and is also a Deputy Voter Registrar for Gregg County.

Her other civic duties include being a member of the City of Longview’s Senior Advisory Board, and a member of the Longview Housing Authority and Community Development Advisory Commission. 

Secretary:  Judy Frey

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Judy Frey lived in upstate New York, Central Virginia and Southern California before moving to Gregg County, Texas in  1982.  She became the Gregg County Republican Party secretary in 1992 and served under four consecutive successive County Chairs until 2014.  She rose to an even higher function to become Republican Women of  Gregg County Secretary; a position she still holds today.

Consistent production of high-quality meeting minutes is part science, part art. Some graciously claim she excels at both. Graduated college with a degree and permanent certification in Elementary Education. She taught in two public schools, a Christian private school, and home schooled her own kids.

From 1997 to the present, she worked as secretary and assistant textbook reviewer at Educational Research Analysts in Longview.

Judy and husband Neal, married in 1967.  They have one son and three daughters, plus their three sons-in-law,  and are all strong Christian conservatives.  She is a proud Grandmother to 13 grandchildren!

Having a servant's heart, Judy never had political ambitions, but soldiers on as secretary because she believes Texas' grassroots-strong GOP vaunts godly Biblical absolutes of American constitutionalism, economics, family, and morals.