Fellows

The Haggerty-Richardson Fellowship brings together a selective group of promising young conservative professionals who are interested in maximizing their influence in the conservative movement as leaders, philanthropists and engaged citizens.

Mia Garza McCord

Mia Garza McCord is the President of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), previously serving as the organizations Vice-President and Interim President. Mia’s appointment as president of TCCRI is notable as the organization's first Hispanic and as its first woman to serve in this capacity. A South Texas native, McCord began her work in Texas government and politics after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2004. In January 2005, Mia interned for former-Representative Elvira Reyna (R- Mesquite), the first Hispanic Republican elected to the Texas House of Representatives, through the Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program with the Mexican American Legislative Leadership Foundation. After the 79th Legislative Session, Mia gained political fundraising experience through her work at an Austin based Republican political fundraising firm. There she worked with candidates at both the state and federal level and in 2006 lead the fundraising for the 2006 Republican State Convention in San Antonio. Mia returned to the state Capitol in 2007 to work for then freshman State Representative Kelly Hancock (R- North Richland Hills) during the 80th Legislative Session. Deciding that she equally enjoyed both policy and campaigns, she would return to work for Representative Hancock as his chief of staff for two additional legislative sessions, while using the interims to work on grassroots campaigns for State Representative Todd Hunter (R- Corpus Christi) and Congressman Lamar Smith (R- San Antonio). After serving as a campaign advisor on his Senate race, Mia served as Senator Hancock’s chief of staff in the Texas Senate through December of 2014. Prior to her joining TCCRI, she was a government affairs consultant with the firm Sabrina T. Brown Consulting. Mia is on the Board of Directors for Red State Women, is the Past-President and founding member of Capitol Republican Women and was a 2018 Woman of the Year Candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is married to John McCord and they live in Leander with their two children, John Mark and Estela. The McCords are active members of Lake Hills Church.