Ronnie McDonald (D-TX-27)
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Ronnie McDonald Congressional Candidate Texas District 27
Biography of Ronnie McDonald from Ronnie McDonald for Texas
Judge Ronnie McDonald is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Management. While a student at Texas A&M he was actively involved in student government, serving on the Memorial Student Center hospitality committee. He successfully campaigned and was elected the first African American Yell Leader in University history.
After graduating from Texas A&M, Judge McDonald served a five year tenure as an executive assistant to former Democratic Texas Comptroller John Sharp, helping to develop and oversee the Family Pathfinders program. Family Pathfinders was a service oriented program which matches AFDC mothers (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) with churches, businesses, clubs and organizations to help them transition out of welfare. Family Pathfinders received the Points of Light award and was cited by both Presidents Clinton and Bush.
In 1998, at age 27, he was sworn in as the first African-American County Judge of Bastrop, one of the youngest in Texas history. He is only one of two African-American county judges in the 254 counties. Judge McDonald began his fourth consecutive term of office January 2011.
As a Motivational Speaker, he has delivered numerous speeches at churches, high schools and service organizations around the state of Texas. He is known as a charismatic speaker with a focus on empowerment and excellence in academia, business, politics, character and religion.
Judge McDonald is married to Ty Mills McDonald, Co-pastors at Breath of Life Deliverance Church.
They have two daughters Micaela and Alexa, and one son, Micah.
Judge Ronnie McDonald wants to put his local county government experience to work on the federal level. Local government common sense is much needed in Washington.
Judge McDonald’s local experience in balancing budgets will be a breath of fresh air when he goes to Washington DC.
While some candidates talk about balanced budgets, Judge McDonald has actually done it.
Ronnie understands the needs of the community can best be served by the local government because he has lived it. Ronnie is a 5th generation Texan that grew up in central Texas and is the product of the local schools. At the age of 27 Ronnie transitioned into Judge McDonald and helped lead and administer Bastrop County for 14 years. He knows the problems that heavy population growth can bring to a county and its communities. With added population comes increased expenses and the challenges to keep up with the growth and maintain an affordable and high quality of life.
- Increased exemptions and implemented tax freeze for residents 65 and over
- Brought in over 500 new jobs with the Lost Pines Hyatt Regency Resort
- Implemented prescription assistance program
- Created Lost Pines groundwater District
- Implemented Houston Toad Habitat conservation plan
- Achieved more economic enforcement
- Secured clean up grants for under-served areas
- Implemented new emergency communication system
- Improved the emergency management department
- Created more public services for the growing Bastrop population
- Eliminated government waste and bureaucracy by consolidating tax collection