Executive Director & Chief Spokesman
A leader in the constitutional conservative movement for twenty-five years, JoAnn Fleming is the executive director of Grassroots America – We the People, the largest constitutional conservative organization in East Texas and one of the largest in the state. She was the three-term Chair of the Texas Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee. In this unpaid role, she worked directly with grassroots leaders from across the state and with legislators to develop and pass constitutionally conservative bills and to kill “big government” legislation. She is now a strong supporter and advisor to the new Texas House Freedom Caucus, chaired by State Rep. Matt Schaefer.
JoAnn was also appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to chair his Grassroots Advisory Board for the 84th legislative session. She is a Heritage Action Sentinel – the political action arm of the Heritage Foundation.
JoAnn is an original member of the #CruzCrew and campaigned with Sen. Cruz when he was polling at 1% in the polls in his race for the U.S. Senate. She played a key role in his come-from-behind victory. On July 28, 2015, Cruz appointed JoAnn as his Texas Tea Party Chair for the 2016 Cruz for President Campaign. She organized 16 teams of Texans to go to Iowa to campaign for Senator Cruz. Many of the teams went on to New Hampshire and South Carolina. JoAnn served as a surrogate spokesman for Senator Cruz throughout his Presidential campaign.
Fleming represents Grassroots America as she tours Texas with the Life, Liberty and Property Coalition – a coalition representing every major conservative organization in Texas. The leaders of Grassroots America, Texas Right to Life, Texas Eagle Forum, Empower Texans, Concerned Women for America/Texas, Texas Values, and the Texas Home School Coalition use the Life, Liberty, and Property Tour to inform the people of Texas about the legislative process and the conservative reforms needed to make Texas strong enough to lead a nation looking for answers.
JoAnn is a self-retired county commissioner; a sought-after public speaker; a political advisor, a guest political analyst for local media, and a frequent contributor to state and national political commentary.
Through the years, JoAnn has earned the title of “local government subject matter expert” by having actively served on twenty-two local government boards, task forces, and committees. Mrs. Fleming’s consulting skills include public policy/organizational development, performance management, teambuilding, small business success, campaign strategy and messaging, candidate and grassroots training. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her professional career was in Oil and Gas Accounting/Field Operations and small business consulting.
JoAnn says the Christian’s responsibility to be a faithful steward of liberty is what has driven her 25 years of activism as a constitutional conservative. A native Texan, she was born in Killeen while her father was in military service. Married for 38 years to her high school sweetheart, she and her husband have one son – a business graduate from UT-Tyler. Long, long ago, when she had leisure time, JoAnn really enjoyed fishing.