Politics and Presidents


Kolton Kaminski in Washington, D.C.

It’s been an interesting and revealing few weeks in Fort Bend.  As a community, we have experienced several milestone moments, ones that will not only be prominent footnotes in history, but ones that will be instrumental in shaping our future.

While we have seen much change politically in our county, perhaps the change that has affected me the most over the past few weeks is the loss of our 41st president.  In the early eighties when President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush were on the campaign trail seeking re-election for a second term, I saw them at a joint campaign event in Houston.  As a young adult and a first-time voter, it was very impactful for me seeing them up close and in person interacting with their constituents.  I was – and still am – a fan of the great communicator and the coalition builder.

Perhaps because of my youth and enthusiasm over being able to vote, Presidents Bush and Reagan became “my” presidents.  I do not – and have not in my over 30-year voting career – felt such an infinity for any president since 40 and 41, and as a result, my children have been raised on Reagan and Bush.  I have used these presidents as examples of public service, of tough decisions and of responsible leadership.

Perhaps the most poignant lesson illustrated by President Bush was his coalition to join forces and do good with his former rival President Bill Clinton when disaster struck our world.  With their efforts in southeast Asia to help tsunami victims and those along the Gulf Coast assisting Hurricane Ike victims, the two opponents became a formidable force for good leading by example, building a bridge instead of leaving a divide.

As we embark on a new year, my prayer is that we all can take a lesson from President George Herbert Walker Bush’s playbook working together as allies, as coalition builders, for the good of Fort Bend.

Mr. President, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Your partner in the Bend,



. . . and the Pendulum Swings to the Left

Christopher Hill

It is often said that the only thing predictable in politics is its unpredictability. That was on full view November 6th as the majority of county seats changed from Republican to Democratic control in a real blue wave. In 1984 a similar wave of a different hue ushered in what was to become over a three-decade-long dominance of the Republican Party in Fort Bend.

For those who fear change, we hope you find solace in knowing that rarely is fear demonstrated as powerfully as you imagine. For those who revel in the new paradigm, know that governing is often more difficult than armchair quarterbacking.

Businesswise, this month we highlight Jim Rice who embodies some of the highest qualities of any Fort Bend County resident successful businessman, public servant and philanthropist. We also discuss some new changes to Texas probate that could allow for more money to reach your heirs. We also highlight the University of Houston at Sugar Land and their new technology building going up on campus as you read this.

Politically, of course, we talk about the historical results of the election. The question facing both parties is the duration of this change. Is this a blip on the radar screen, or are the Republicans set to wander in the cold for decades to come?

The political pendulum never stops moving. What used to be a given is now an open question. The moves and counter move from this point on will be fascinating to observe. The consequences, good and ill, will be studied, and we will be right alongside looking at the county changes and reporting back to you what we find.

Have a story idea? Know of someone unique in the business or political world that has an exciting story to tell? Have an issue you want to know more about, especially how it relates to Fort Bend? Please email me at chris@absolutelyfocusmedia.com. We want to hear from you.

Best regards,

Christopher Hill