Virginia "Jennie Lou" Leeder - Democrat
Virginia “Jennie Lou “ Leeder is a 7th generation Texan. Her family moved to Llano when she was 9 months old. Jennie Lou is a graduate of Llano High School; Southwest Texas State University with a Degree in Agriculture Education and minor in Physical Education; Ohio University with a Master of Science in Athletic Administration. Growing up she was active in 4-H and was a Texas Gold Star Girl Award. She is very proud that her family was awarded the Texas Century Farm Award.
Jennie Lou has been the Llano County Democratic Chair since 2007. She is a member of the Texas County Chairs Association and was on the Executive Board. In 2014, she was elected Senate District 24 Chairwoman where she also serves on the Rural Subcommittee, Urban County Subcommittee and the Legislative Committee.
While in college she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and served as Fall and Spring Social Chair. Jennie Lou was a member of Block and Bridle, holding the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Reporter and Ham Sales Chairman; member of Future Farmers of America, holding the offices of Parliamentarian, Treasurer and Ag Banquet Chairman; member of the SWTSU Rodeo Association, holding the offices of Team Secretary, Secretary, and Vice-President; and a member of the Texas Physical Education Recreation and Dance [TPERD] Club.
Since college Jennie Lou has coached and taught in public school for 11 years. After leaving the classroom she worked for Horace Mann to help our teachers with their insurance and retirement plans. Never far from education, Jennie Lou transitioned into Educational Curriculum Sales. She currently is a USA Certified Head Swim Coach.
Jennie Lou believes that all should have access to a public education. As a daughter of two retired teachers and a former teacher herself, she understands the needs of the teachers and students. She believes that students need to spend more time on curriculum and less time on testing. Jennie Lou will fight for a fair wage for teachers while they teach and then upon retirement.
Health care for all Texans is important. Jennie Lou understands that you should not have to decide between going to the doctor and buying groceries. That rural communities should have access to comprehensive medical treatment without driving to another town.
The infrastructure of Texas needs help. This is evident in the deterioration of our roads and bridges. Jennie Lou understands that for Texas to be strong we need to be able to move throughout out state without damage to our automobiles.
Renewable energy, solar and wind, with less dependency on petroleum products is important to our environment. Jennie Lou understands that global warming and environmental pollution need to be addressed. Water for our drought ridden state is very important. The conservation and use of water is important.
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