Michele "Mica" Mosbacher (born July 20, 1953) is the American author (Racing Forward), journalist, former RNC finance co-chair, and policy analyst and republican strategist. She is the widow of Robert Mosbacher, 28th U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Mica is frequent guest on Fox News/Business, ITN, BBC World, TRT, Al Jazeera, CBC Canada, and NPR. A co chair of 5 Presidential campaigns, a National Surrogate for President Donald J Trump (campaign).
Her career in journalism began in 1972 when Mosbacher interned as a news reporter at NBC affiliate KPRC-TV in Houston. While at KPRC, she was among the first female reporters in Houston. She won two awards in print journalism from the Houston Press.
Mosbacher's early job experience was in Corporate Communications-energy sector for Houston Natural Gas and Mitchell Energy and Development and earned several prestigious writing awards. She later served as press secretary for Southern Political Consulting. Additionally she freelanced as a feature writer for several publications.
In 1985, she married Donald C. Duncan, Jr., an attorney. They had one son, Donald C. Duncan, III of Austin. She has two grandsons, Donald Cameron Duncan IV and Harris Duncan. In 2000, she married Robert Mosbacher, Sr., 28th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Mosbacher Energy.
Mosbacher became involved with politics in Memphis, when she worked with the precinct chair placing yard signs in support of senate candidate Howard Baker. Active in Young Republicans, she volunteered in Richard Nixon's presidential campaign.
Mosbacher was the national co-chairwoman, Women for McCain in the 2008 presidential campaign, and the statewide co-chair for Texas Governor Rick Perry. She served as Inaugural Chair for Governor Perry in 2007, and national co-chair of Perry’s presidential campaign in 2012. She also served as a National Finance Co-chair for the Republican National Committee in 2012. She was also appointed by the Governor to a six-year term on the University of Houston's Board of Regents. Mica served as vice chair of the board and chair of the endowment committee.
Under Vice President Bush, during 1988 presidential campaign, Mosbacher served as a press secretary -Advance Office Mosbacher served as Women for Cruz 2016 campaign for president and a national surrogate for Pres Elect Donald Trump.
Mosbacher has served on the board of the American Hospital Foundation, receiving the board’s highest honor presented by Ambassador Howard Leach at the United States Embassy in Paris. In the late 90’s, she implemented the Best Friends Foundation, an abstinence-based program for youth, in the Houston Independent School District.
In 2008, Mosbacher was inducted in the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. That year, she was also named as one of Houston's "most beautiful Houstonians" In 2010, she was awarded the honor of Dame Commander, Duke of Castro, House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, King Francis I for public service.
She was honored by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Pastoral Loving Hearts and Hands and named “Pacesetter of the Year” by the Cancer Assistance League. Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Council honored her by designating “Mica Mosbacher Day” in April 2011 for Mosbacher's initiation of a public art installation titled "Tolerance" on Allan Parkway in Houston. In partnership with the City and former Mayor Bill White, the Jaume Plensa sculptures and adjacent bridge honor and celebrate diversity and harmony in Houston and Texas.
Mosbacher was commissioned as an Honorary Consul of Iceland, Houston and Central Texas on March 9, 2010 by the Foreign Ministry of Iceland, and concurrently accredited by the U. S. State Department.
She was awarded the Silver Good Citizenship Medal in 2012, the highest honor from the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Mosbacher was named the 2007 “Philanthropist of the Year” by TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault) and has been an advocate for Senator John Cornyn's "The Safer Act" and other legislation regarding assault prevention and funding.
- The New Yorker 2007 "He saw clients and old friends: Mica Mosbacher (who once invited him to Houston to attend a party with her and to meet her husband, Bob, the Secretary of Commerce under George H.W. Bush) "
- Texas Tribune Updated: Advocates Say Change to Strip Club Fee is Dead But supporters of the strip club fee say all kinds of other controversial amendments have been added to SB 1 and don’t seem to be at risk of being killed. “The courts reviewing the bill … have made it clear that [using the revenue for health insurance] is not a good fit,” said Mica Mosbacher, an advocate for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and a sexual assault survivor. "SB 1 provides a remedy.”
- H Magazine
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