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Gordy Bunch

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Gordy Bunch
Chairman of The Woodlands Board of Directors
Assumed office
2018
Personal details
Born
Richard Bunch III

(1972-07-18) July 18, 1972 (age 49)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Michelle
Children3
ResidenceThe Woodlands, Texas
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Coast Guard
Years of service1991-1995
AwardsCoast Guard Achievement Medal

Richard "Gordy" Bunch III (born July 18, 1972) is the chairman of The Woodlands, Texas township board of directors, and a previous candidate for Texas State Senate for district 14. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Political Career[edit]

Bunch is a member of the Republican Party.

The Woodlands Board of Directors[edit]

Bunch ran uncontested for the chairman of The Woodlands board of directors.[1]

Texas State Senate[edit]

Bunch ran in a special election for District 4 against Brandon Creighton (R), Michael Galloway (R), and Steve Toth (R). No candidate reached 50% of the votes so the top 2 Creighton and Toth advance to the runoff election, where Creighton won.

Confederate Statue Controversy[edit]

During a meeting at the Texas Patriots PAC Bunch stated that Confederate leaders being removed from by municipalities can be relocated to The Woodlands to preserve history. Bunch later apologized for his comments by stating[2]:

I want to provide context that the only interest that I would ever have in such divisive statues is if they could be used for education purposes in a museum setting where we could educate current and future generations regarding the failures of our past and our history. I do not condone or accept racism, hate groups, neo-Nazis, KKK or any divisive group. I’m not looking to celebrate the Confederacy; I’m not looking to divide our community. I believe that there is no support for relocation of these statues, whether in a museum or otherwise, and I can commit that there is zero chance now that these items will ever set foot into our community.[3]

Personal life/Career[edit]

Early Life/Family[edit]

Richard Bunch III was born July 18, 1972. Bunch and his wife Michelle have 3 children and have lived in The Woodlands since 1995. He is a active member of The Woodlands community, participating in the Gran Fondo bike race for Multiple Sclerosis, Iron Man Triathlon, and Muddy Trails Bash for Kids. Bunch is a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church.[4][5]

Business Career[edit]

Bunch is founder and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) and President of Professional Insurance Agents of Texas. TWFG Insurance is ranked #1 in Texas and Louisiana and 8th largest privately-owned independent insurance provider in the United States.[6]

Military Career[edit]

Bunch was in the United States Coast Guard based out of Long Beach, California from 1991 to 1995. He received the "Coast Guard Achievement Medal".[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. "Would he run for mayor? The Woodlands Township Gordy Bunch on incorporation and uncontested election". Woodlands Online. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. Mikelionis, Lukas (21 September 2017). "Tossing Confederate statues? We'll take them, Texas town official says". Fox News. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  3. Sturges, Wendy (22 September 2017). "Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch apologizes for Confederate remarks". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. "Speaker Bio-Richard "Gordy" Bunch - Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus". www.tacvb.org. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. "Gordy Bunch". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  6. "Entrepreneur Series: Interview with Gordy Bunch". Hello Woodlands. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  7. "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  8. "Gordy Bunch". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  9. Rincon, Marialuisa (22 June 2018). "Villager Q & A: Gordy Bunch, chairman The Woodlands Township Board of Directors". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 16 March 2019.


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