Republican Party of Texas candidate Matt Rinaldi

Republican Party of Texas candidate Matt Rinaldi
June 21, 2021 Comments Off on Republican Party of Texas candidate Matt Rinaldi Latest, Local Politics, RNHA News Articles Jennifer Knesek

Tonight I interviewed Matt Rinaldi for my column Winning on the American Idea. He is running to become the Chair of the Texas Republican Party. 

Why are you running? Why now?

I’m running because I believe it is more important than ever before to have a strong Republican Party that not only wins elections and gives voice to the grassroots but also maintains a strong positive message. The stakes are higher than ever before. Democrats have shifted so far left and gained so much ground in the past few years that they present an existential danger to the America that we grew up in, an America that values freedom and provides everyone the opportunity to succeed. I am running so that my son can have the opportunity to live in that America. 

What is your plan to improve the financial situation of the party?

The day-to-day work is the most time-consuming part of the position and the most important. This is true for the RPT Chairman as it is for any candidate for public office. I plan to focus on fundraising and expect to have the same success I had in the past. In both my campaigns for reelection, I was one of the most successful state legislators in the state in raising funds and hope to mirror that success as RPT Chair.

What is your plan to grow the party?

We need to ensure RPT has a clear and bold message and the infrastructure to communicate that message to broad groups of people. The border areas in particular present a great opportunity. Donald Trump won two state house districts currently held by Democrats by attracting voters whose everyday lives were being adversely affected by open border policies. Republican chairman in those areas needs the infrastructure and training to solidify those gains and make further inroads with those voters.


Do you think the party should take an active role during the legislative session?


Yes! The RPT is the voice of the grassroots and should help to drive their priorities. At the end of the day, the fundraising, organizing, election work–all of it is for the purpose of driving policy and improving the lives of everyday people. As a legislator, I have passed measures like those making the sanctuary city ban the strongest in the country and the bill legalizing private church security teams. I can use that experience and the relationships I made to allow the party to be more effective at driving its legislative priorities to the governor’s desk.


What is your definition of the American idea?

That anyone in America has the opportunity to achieve their dreams. My father immigrated to the US with nothing and became a citizen in the 1970s. His parents worked in a machine shop and sewing mill to put him through college. He rose to become a successful salesman and has a son who is a lawyer and former legislator. That kind of story would be virtually impossible in virtually any other society in human history. 


About The Author
Jennifer Knesek Jennifer Knesek was born in Seoul, Korea to an inter-racial couple of humble means. She is an Army brat that grew up traveling the world with her military family living in places such as California in the late 1980s, Georgia, and Central Texas to being stationed all over the world such as Germany and the Korean Peninsula. She credits her military upbringing on Army bases with her appreciation for the sacrifices of those who serve and has grown up to understand that the US Army is truly a melting pot. Her strong Czech roots in Texas are from generations of life-long Texans that value hard work, higher education, and a strong work ethic. Jennifer has been a political strategist for 7 years and most recently transitioned to her professional journey in Cybersecurity and works for a Public Relations firm. Jennifer has been the finance director for a Texas Governor’s race, finance director and consultant for multiple congressional races with experience across multiple states and her campaign experience spans the entire state of Texas at every level. To just name a few, she has worked on races for State Board Of Education to Railroad Commissioner to United States Senate and includes judicial wins at every level including statewide high courts like the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in addition to winning races at lower appellate judicial levels. She has been a District Director for a State Representative from Texas and was recently the Executive Director for the Texas Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. She also currently serves on multiple statewide and local boards like the Texas Asian Republican Assembly, an official auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas, and Republican Women’s Clubs. Her greatest achievement has been her ability to grow her influence in philanthropic circles and truly believes in having a compelling cause and dedicating one’s life to Christ and His plan. She currently resides in Houston, Texas, and is a Fighting Texas Aggie that bleeds maroon. Her favorite presidents are Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan. Jennifer loves to play golf, both bay and deep-sea fish, and is a hardcore foodie. Knesek has dedicated her life to spreading the conservative message from sea to shining sea and believes all politics is local. Jennifer believes there are young conservatives across this country that will rise up in coming years who have the ability to impact the American conservative movement in a way never seen before. Please email with any tips or if you would like to be considered for a guest columnist on her weekly column, Winning On The American Idea. Visit to see coverage.
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