About Us

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 245
Jewett, Texas 75846

Email:

info@TexansAgainstHSR.com

Media Inquiries:

desi@TexansAgainstHSR.com

Mission Statement:
Texans Against High Speed Rail, Inc. is a 501c(4) (application pending) organization dedicated to the opposition of high-speed rail in the State of Texas. Our aim is to protect private property rights, maintain efficient modes of transportation, and prevent the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars or public subsidies for high-speed rail transportation. Our members include citizens, private property owners, business owners and elected officials from all across Texas who share our core belief of combating eminent domain for private use and our opposition to any tax-subsidized railway.
Goals:
  1. Stop the progress of high-speed rail in Texas, including the proposed Texas Central Railway
  2. Protect the rights of private property owners in Texas by promoting restrictions on private use of eminent domain
  3. Change the culture of TxDOT to abandon high-speed rail in Texas
  4. Protect taxpayers from the inevitable financial disaster resulting from failed HSR projects
Activities:
  1. Keep the public informed regarding high-speed rail in Texas, including opposition efforts
  2. Hold elected officials and agencies accountable
  3. Promote TxDOT and HSR project transparency
  4. Actively lobby state and federal legislators
  5. Advocate for the rights of private citizens

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Board of Directors

Ben Leman

Ben Leman

Chairman

Ben Leman is a long-time resident of Grimes County. Prior to public service, Mr. Leman co-founded a manufacturing business in 1997 and successfully navigated major growth rates on a very tight budget, growing the business to over 100 employees, 25 stocking locations around the world and a state of the art manufacturing facility located in Grimes County. He served as CEO of Merrimac Manufacturing, Inc. until 2008, serving as both president and CEO until the sale of the company in 2012. Under his leadership during this 4 year period the company experienced approximately 700% revenue growth. Mr. Leman and his wife, Christie, live in the Iola community with their four children.

Frank Reilly

Frank Reilly

General Counsel

Frank Reilly is a partner with Potts & Reilly, LLP and has practiced constitutional, administrative, land use, municipal, governmental, special district, legislative, ethics, business, campaign and election law for over twenty-four years. Prior to becoming licensed as a lawyer, Mr. Reilly earned seven years of experience as a legislative aide at the Texas House of Representatives; this combined with his legal practice gives him over thirty years of experience with matters pertaining to Texas law and politics. He holds an AV peer reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can earn in legal abilities and ethics. He was elected three times to serve as Mayor of the City of Granite Shoals, Texas, a home rule municipality with approximately 5,000 residents. He also served as the acting staff attorney for the Trinity River Authority of Texas for over a year. Noted as an “expert in Texas takings laws” by the Wall Street Journal in 1999, Mr. Reilly also has a keen interest in property rights, environmental and natural resource issues, and water law. Mr. Reilly was involved in the drafting and passage of the state’s Private Real Property Preservation Act, which gave Texas property owners a new tool to preserve their rights. He has handled cases from the simplest traffic violations to complex constitutional arguments before the state’s and nation’s highest courts. He has represented clients in various municipal courts, county courts, probate courts, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, Texas and United States District Courts, Texas and United States Courts of Appeal, and before the Texas and United States Supreme Courts.

Glenn Addison

Glenn Addison

Glenn Addison, of Magnolia, is a native Texan and long-time resident of Montgomery County. Glenn graduated from Magnolia High School in 1979 and Abilene Christian University in 1983. He married Lorie Wade in 1983 and the Addison’s have two grown children and two grandchildren. Mr. Addison has been a businessman since 1987, becoming involved in the funeral industry in 2001. The Addisions own Magnolia Funeral Home in Magnolia, Texas and Addison Funeral Home in Spring, Texas. They also own two perpetual care cemeteries in those same respective areas and a crematory in Magnolia. Despite the time demands of his businesses, Mr. Addison has advocated and supported conservative Republicans and opposed RINO’s where and when necessary. He announced his candidacy in early 2011 for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, and although a long-shot bid, came in 5th place out of 9 candidates for the seat eventually won by Ted Cruz. Mr. Addison also held an elected, non-partisan position on the Magnolia ISD School Board from May 1997 to December 2011. He is a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution and opposes all efforts to water it down whether by Democrats or Republicans. Mr.. Addison is a strong advocate of liberty. This stance makes him a strong opponent to giving private parties the right of eminent domain, for any reason, and thus opposes the proposed high-speed rail plan being pushed by Robert Eckels and others in Texas.

Kyle Workman

Kyle Workman

President

Email: kyle@TexansAgainstHSR.com

Kyle Workman, a Leon County resident, was a General Contractor for 15 years prior to selling his family business to focus his career on construction consulting, both project management and litigation support. Mr. Workman serves on the Board of the Central Texas Chapter of the Folds of Honor and the Advisory Committee of the Texas Homeschool Coalition. He is volunteering his time to lead Texans Against High Speed Rail, Inc., serving as President.

 

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