Republican candidate for Attorney General Ken Paxton of McKinney announced Friday a key endorsement from Ernest Angelo, Jr., of Midland, a longtime respected Texas business, civic, and Republican leader.
A former Midland mayor, Angelo has been active in Republican campaigns for more than forty years. He served as Republican National Committeeman, co-chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s first Texas campaign in 1976, chairman of President Reagan’s 1980 Texas primary, and most recently as Campaign Treasurer for Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. Angelo is a veteran campaign advisor and strategist for dozens of Republicans, including leadership roles in the campaigns of Governor Rick Perry, Governor George W. Bush and Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan.
In endorsing State Senator Paxton (R-McKinney), Mr. Angelo stated, “Ken Paxton’s exemplary record in the Texas House and Senate demonstrate that he is the right person to serve as Attorney General in these challenging times. It is important that we replace a man who has done a great job for Texas, and I’m convinced Senator Paxton can continue the strong leadership of General Abbott and keep Texas strong. In the race for Attorney General, Ken Paxton is the proven conservative we can trust.”
Senator Paxton said, “Ernest Angelo, Jr. is admired and respected across Texas, the kind of man whose support any Texas candidate would be proud to have. I’m honored to have earned his endorsement and look forward to working with him to advance our conservative principles.”
A successful business leader with deep roots in Texas energy, Mr. Angelo in 1996 received the National Public Service Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He also served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission as an appointee of Governor George W. Bush. In March 2008 he completed a term as Chairman of the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry. Mr. Angelo also served on the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, appointed by Governor William Clements. In 2008 Mr. Angelo received the John Ben Sheppard Leadership Foundation Texas Leader Award.
Story submitted by Ken Paxton Campaign