Teresa was committed to making a difference at an early age after she won a citizenship contest and represented the state of Arkansas in Washington DC in her early teens. This later led her down a path for a future in politics and government. For 30+ years, she has volunteered and worked in Texas politics for numerous conservative candidates, elected officials and causes.
She has a long history of serving on numerous boards in multiple capacities including the Texas Federation of Republican Women, the National Federation of Republican Women and county and state Republican parties. Teresa is a former recipient of the Ten Outstanding Republican Women award from the Texas Federation of Republican Women.
Spears served with former Texas Governor Rick Perry for 25+ years, including his Director of Organization for Texans for Rick Perry, specializing in grassroots efforts. She later joined Governor Perry at the Capitol as his Director of Governmental Appointments, as a Senior Advisor and as Deputy Chief of Staff. She served as Chief Inaugural Officer for Governor Perry’s 2007 and 2011 Inaugural Committees.
Teresa joined Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick in December of 2016 as a consultant for the development and management of the Connecting Conservative Women mentoring program and outreach efforts.
Teresa’s more than 30 years of hands-on experience gives her a keen insight and understanding for grassroots development, building relationships, problem solving, and team building with government officials, special interest and business groups.
Prior to working in politics, she served as vice president of a mortgage corporation and paralegal. In 1995 then Governor Bush appointed Spears to the Texas Commission for Women. She has been married for the past 32 years to Austin attorney Franklin Scott Spears, Jr. She has one son and two grandchildren.