“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”-Samuel Adams,1776 “Texas will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.” – Sam Houston Heidi comes from a long family tradition of patriotic values and military service. She enlisted in the US Army as a 17-year old freshman in college and served simultaneously in the US Reserves and ROTC until her graduation and commissioning. She graduated with a BA degree in International Affairs, a Specialty in Soviet Politics, and a Minor in Military Science. As a 2LT, she earned her jump wings at Airborne School before serving the remainder of her active duty service overseas.
Since her separation from military service,Heidi has been a small business owner and investor. She has served as a humanitarian aid director in the south Yucatan, Mexico, moving with her young family there in 2000-2001.
Heidi has remained active in veteran’s advocacy and politics, with a focus on sovereignty and national security issues. Her conservative activism has been diversified across many venues: she became a well-known military blogger and conservative essayist in 2005. She co-founded the popularly syndicated website GuardtheBorders and was a founding cadre member of the national veterans’ group, the Gathering of Eagles in 2007, where she still serves on the board.
In 2008, she was a grassroots director for Duncan Hunter’s presidential campaign. More recently, she co-founded StandWithIntelligence in 2009 and served as the Senior Editor, Publisher, and Webmaster of the website. In 2010, she took on the duties of Communications Director and Board Member for the Veterans In Defense Of Liberty, a conservative grassroots organization for veterans.
Heidi is fiercely politically independent and describes herself as a Constitutionalist, a Tenther, and a Washingtonian. Those relatively unused labels give her the opportunity to explain the foundational principles underlying those terms instead of relying on tired party stereotypes to define her. She presently serves on the executive board of the Clear Lake Tea Party. In 2011, during the 82nd legislative session, Heidi trained and led groups of concerned citizens to Austin every week to monitor the bills and lobby representatives for smarter, smaller government, prudent fiscal conservatism, and true Texas-grit leadership. In November 2012, she was elected to League City’s City Council. She is truly honored to serve her community on the City Council, and brings a new perspective and vision to local government. Concurrently, she is an FFL and owns a small firearms business, Pretty Guns, and specializes in self and home defense.
Heidi has been married to Andrew Thiess, also a former Army officer, for 19 years, and they have two children: Jonathan, 19, and Eden, 15. Andrew is a professional engineer and avid outdoorsman. Jonathan is a cadet and baseball player at the United States Military Academy – West Point. Eden is a class leader at school and additionally studies music and theater at Bay Area Theater and Voice Academy.