About TXIR

Texans for Individual Rights is dedicated to promoting conservative principles through sound public policy. We strongly believe in limited government, personal accountability, and private property rights. We are deeply concerned with the recent trend of wealthy special interest groups who masquerade as conservatives promoting their agenda at the expense of Texas taxpayers, workers, and consumers.

Our Issues

Civil Justice Reform

Texans for Individual Rights strongly believes in an individual’s right to access the civil justice system and have a dispute heard by a jury of his peers. We oppose any attempt to restrict access to the civil justice system or to weaken the role of citizen juries in deciding the outcome of disputes.

Private Property Rights

Texans for Individual Rights believes that one of the fundamental rights in a free and prosperous society is the right of individuals to own property. However, projects such as the “Trans-Texas Corridor” and court decisions such as “Kelo v. New London” show that this right is in serious jeopardy. We strongly oppose the seizure of private property for the financial benefit of business interests.

Corporate Welfare

Texans for Individual Rights believes that the best way to achieve a business friendly climate in Texas is through low taxes and minimal government regulation. We do not believe that state funds should be used to subsidize businesses through programs such as the “Texas Enterprise Fund.” Furthermore, we believe that state contracts should be awarded based on who provides the best value for the state, not who’s lobbyists are the most powerful.

Our Leadership

Mark McCaig
President and Co-Founder

A longtime conservative activist, Mark began volunteering on political campaigns and participating in other political activities while still in high school. After enrolling at Texas A&M University, Mark served as a statewide leader in the Young Conservatives of Texas and College Republicans, where his activism received nationwide attention.

He joined the staff of a Republican congressman after graduation. Mark later enrolled at South Texas College of Law, where he earned his J.D. degree. While in law school, Mark became one of the youngest members ever elected to the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) of the Republican Party of Texas, a position he held from 2008 through 2010. He continues to serve as a Republican precinct chairman in Fort Bend County and has served as a delegate to every state Republican convention since 2004.

Mark has also been involved in a number of other conservative causes and organizations, and he was awarded the "Life Saver" award by the Texans for Life Coalition in 2011. In addition to his work with TXIR, Mark is a practicing attorney in Houston. He is also a published writer whose opinion pieces have appeared in numerous newspapers and online publications.

Matthew Griffing
Co-Founder and Advisory Committee Member

Matthew has extensive experience in Texas conservative politics. He worked on the staffs of state representatives Jerry Madden (R-Plano) and Elvira Reyna (R-Mesquite) while working toward a bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In 1998, Matthew served as an alternate delegate to the Republican State Convention and has served as a delegate to several conventions since that time. Matthew enrolled at Baylor University School of Law in 2000, where he joined the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). During his tenure there, Matthew participated in debates, volunteered for several political campaigns, and served as managing editor of the Baylor Review, a publication of YCT.

He was soon appointed to the state board of YCT, where he helped draft the group's legislative agendas, lobbied the Texas Legislature on behalf of the organization, and worked on position papers and legislative ratings. Matthew went on to serve as YCT's vice chairman for legislative affairs before stepping down in 2006.

C. Greg Goodrum
Advisory Committee Member

Greg has been an active volunteer for conservative causes and candidates for nearly four decades. Greg is a seventh-generation Texan, but first became active in conservative politics while a high school student in Colorado, knocking on voters' doors on behalf of Republican candidates. As a student at the University of Colorado, Greg served as a Republican precinct chairman and a delegate to the state convention. After moving back to Texas, Greg enrolled at the University of Houston Law Center, where he earned his J.D. degree. Upon graduation, Greg actively supported the election of conservative judges who respected the rule of law.

In 1994, Greg ran in the Republican primary for Judge of the 245th District Court in Harris County, but lost narrowly in a runoff election. After his campaign, he continued volunteering for conservative candidates for a variety of state, local and national offices. He served several terms as a precinct chairman and a member of the Rules Committee in the Harris County Republican Party.

Greg soon moved to Fort Bend County, where he became active in the Fort Bend County Republican Party. He currently serves as a precinct chairman and chairman of the Vacancy Committee. In his spare time, Greg is a musician and is active in his church. He lives in Katy, Texas, with his wife and twin daughters.

Alan Crider
Advisory Committee Member

Alan was born in Austin, Texas, and has been involved in conservative politics since 2003, when he joined the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). As a YCT-UT chapter officer, Alan was involved in Republican campaigns and organized conservative events on campus. He oversaw the UT Professor Watchlist, which singled out professors who taught with an ideological bias to the detriment of their students.

In 2005, Alan served as a legislative aide for State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) during the 79th Legislative Session. After the session, he served as vice chairman of YCT's Legislative Ratings committee and played a key role in formulating the group's widely covered ratings of members of the Texas Legislature. Later, as vice chairman of the group's Campaigns Committee, Alan was involved in the endorsements of state and federal Republican candidates. After graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in history, Alan joined the Central Texas Republican Assembly (CTRA) and served as a board member until he left Austin to join the U.S. Navy Reserve. While with CTRA, he served on the group's Endorsement Committee and helped interview candidates for offices representing Travis, Hays and Bastrop counties during the 2010 Republican primary. During that election, Alan also worked for the Travis County Republican Party as an election administrator, helping to secure locations to hold precinct conventions throughout the county and assisting with the county convention.

Alan has also been active in the Republican Party of Texas since 2004, attending every precinct, senatorial district, and state convention through 2010. He was selected as either a delegate or alternate to the state GOP conventions in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2010, Alan served on the nominations committee for state delegates and alternates in Texas Senate District 14.