Gathering our numbers…
For our first meeting of 2021, we welcome the Founder of Texas Latino Conservatives, Orlando Sanchez.
Orlando Sanchez was born in Havana to parents who fled the early persecution of the Castro regime, arriving in Houston in 1962, becoming a naturalized citizen. He grew up in southwest Houston, where he graduated from Bellaire High School and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976. After his tour, he enlisted in the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group of the Texas Air National Guard and attended the University of Houston and graduated cum laude with a degree in political science. In 1997, Sanchez was the University of Houston Social Sciences’ Outstanding Young Alum and in 2001 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In 1992, Orlando joined the Republican Party and began competing for public office. In 1995, he made political history as the first Latino immigrant to be elected to a citywide position in Houston, for the at-large seat on the city council. He was re-elected twice in consecutive terms, serving 1995–2001. In 2001 and 2003 he competed for mayor of Houston, provoking enormous turnout in the Hispanic community, making it into runoffs both times, getting just edged out by heavily funded Democrats. In 2006, Orlando was elected as Treasurer of Harris County—the first Latino immigrant to win a countywide, non-judicial elected office in that county. He was re-elected twice, but fell to the forces of the Cult of Beto in 2018.
During Orlando’s time in office, he earned numerous awards for governmental transparency, including one from the state of Texas. The Harris County Republican Party awarded Sanchez the ‘Political Courage Award’ for his vote to cut property taxes in Houston for the first time in decades.
Orlando was the founder of Texas Latino Conservatives, which has become the organizing force of conservatives within the Latino community. They seek to rally Latino voters to the conservative message, engage them in grassroots activity, elevate and promote Latino Republican candidates, and educate all Texans regarding the issues faced by the Latino community that conservatives are best capable of addressing together.
If we’re to take back control of Congress in 2022, preserve our Republican leadership in Texas, and stem the tides of socialism and anti-conservative repression, we must gather our forces. We must embrace the traditional conservatism of the Latino community and lend our support to their leaders who seek to reveal the false promises of socialist utopia and spare all Texans from the bondage of economic slavery. Come help me welcome Orlando Sanchez; and, let’s build a bridge.
I look forward to seeing you! And, don’t forget… we’re back at Spring Creek BBQ!
—Bill Blake, President of The Lincoln Society