Texas State Leadership
Derek V. Baker
Derek V. Baker has been involved in conservative Republican politics for over 20 years. Upon leaving his hometown of Sherman, Texas, after high school he got his start in Senator Phil Gramm’s office while still attending college. He served Sen. Gramm for 10 years and also worked on Gramm’s 1996 presidential campaign. Derek also worked for Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, and he handled faith and family issues at the House Republican Study Committee under Reps. Hensarling and Mike Pence. Before returning to Texas, Derek also served as the Director of Federal Affairs for Americans for Limited Government. Derek graduated from Liberty University with degree in Religion and Political Science. He lives in McKinney with his wife of 13 years, Melissa, and they have three small children, Reagan, Austin, and Lincoln.
Curtis Rath has lived in McKinney since 1987, and is the North American Business Development Director for J. Rettenmaier USA, a family owned company based in Germany. He is a Community Activist and blogger for Town Square Buzz, the Dallas Morning News and the McKinney Courier Gazette, promoting conservative causes and debunking falsehoods promoted by the mainstream media. Curtis and his wife Tracy are the proud parents of daughter Taryn, who lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and son Trenton, who is defending our nation in the US Navy aboard the destroyer USS Mahan, based out of Norfolk, Virginia. He has two BS degrees from Kansas State University and an MBA from DePaul University.
A fifth-generation Texan and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Keith Self served as an Army officer for 25 years, first retiring from active duty in 1999. He was recalled to active duty in 2002 – 2003 for service in Afghanistan and Qatar, serving in the US Central Command on General Tommy Franks’ staff planning the invasion of Iraq. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Masters degree in International Relations.
Keith serves on the board of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center and co-chairs the DFW US Army Recruiting Battalion Advisory Board. He is a member of the McKinney Downtown Rotary Club. Keith and Tracy have been married for 37 years. They live in McKinney and attend Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco.
Any successful grassroots organization is always built from the ground up and the Faith & Freedom Coalition is no different. In order to build a great national and statewide organization, a strong foundation has to be put into place. The foundation for our national organization are the state affiliates and county chapters, making them the indispensable foundations of our group.
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