In 1974, one hundred principled conservatives sat together in a motel near the DFW Airport with one objective: To achieve a never-before-seen comeback and wave of Republican victories across the state.

With Senator John Tower leading the charge, the Associated Republicans of Texas was born — and for nearly 50 years, ART has been a pillar of support for Republicans in the Lone Star State, ensuring that legislative seats are won by allocating resources to the right candidates, in the right districts, at the right time.

Five decades later, the impact of ART has only grown. During the 2010 election cycle, ART was transformed with the help of leaders across the state ushering in a new era of Republican leadership. Between 2010 and 2022, ART raised $33.4 million to help 261 Republican candidates run for the Texas Legislature.

Using its history as its foundation, ART has become a political powerhouse in Texas. Under the leadership of ART Co-Chairs, John Nau and Hector De Leon, ART is headed toward its Golden Anniversary with even more success stories and history-making moments on the horizon.


ART is a political non-profit organization committed to maintaining the Republican majority in the Texas Legislature and strengthening the future of Republicans in Texas.

ART is committed to winning Texas House and Senate seats by recruiting, training, and funding Republican candidates who represent the unique districts they serve. Each election cycle, ART supports targeted and competitive challenger, open, and incumbent races. ART’s investments through direct and in-kind contributions ensure candidates run effective and accountable campaigns.

In addition, ART supports engaging the growing Hispanic community in Texas through its Hispanic Voter Network (HVN). HVN is a long-term, results-driven commitment to the Hispanic community to help keep Texas a conservative, Republican-led state.

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