Meet Travis GOP's new executive leaders

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog with comments


March 16, 2017

Contact: Andy Hogue, Communications Director,

Travis GOP expands leadership roles; approves executive director and deputy executive director positions

AUSTIN -- The Travis County Republican Party just couldn't decide between two excellent finalists for Executive Director.

So they hired them both.

The Travis GOP Executive Committee on Tuesday night welcomed Gary Teal, executive director, and Tracey Carroll, deputy executive director. It was the belief of the Travis GOP Steering Committee that both Teal and Carroll each have unique sets of skills and talents that could work better together to expand the base of the local Republican Party.

Teal, a graduate of Texas Christian University (where he was student government president) and a native Texan, has spent the last several years in Washington D.C. Gary is the former Vice Chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Committee, and has led a successful career as an information technology manager and as a campaign consultant.

Teal cut his teeth on President Gerald Ford's campaign, winning Teal's home county of Taylor County in West Texas.

"I love Austin, and I'm so pleased to be here, bluebonnets and all," Teal said. "But in regard to politics specifically, this is what I've been wanting to do with my time since I was a teenager. There is definitely no job that I would be more excited about than the opportunity to be a full-time Republican in Travis County."

Carroll brings nearly 18 years of corporate experience into the political area, having held executive roles in the technology, retail and travel industries. She also volunteered with the Dallas GOP, having gotten involved in the throes of Obamacare.

"I'm excited to join the party to help expand conservative values and principles throughout Travis County," Carroll said. "After witnessing firsthand the impact of ACA and over-regulation on small businesses, I decided that I needed to get involved."

Travis GOP's previous executive director, Olga Lasher, retired last month in order to spend more time with family and Christian ministry activities.

Teal and Carroll are jumping head-first into their roles: their first assignment is to make the annual Ronald Reagan Gala a fundraising success. The gala is scheduled for Friday evening, March 24, at the Austin Club. 

Carroll and Teal are available for interviews. For any accommodations please contact Travis GOP Communications Director Andy Hogue at or (512)298-9996.


 Gary Teal and Tracey Carroll