Susan Weddington Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Susan Weddington Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Susan Weddington.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former OneStar President & CEO Susan Weddington. We are grateful for her vision and leadership in setting the course for OneStar as our first CEO from 2003 to 2009. Under her leadership, OneStar transitioned from a government agency to a nonprofit organization designated by the Governor to lead the State of Texas’ programs and initiatives supporting volunteerism and strengthening the nonprofit sector. Susan will be remembered for her enduring legacy of service to others.
A personal note from David:
On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Susan Weddington, a dear friend and mentor, entered into her heavenly reward. Susan and I served together for 7 years as the statewide leaders of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) from 1997 to 2004, she as Chair and I as Vice-Chair. Susan was the first woman to become the state chair of any major political party in Texas and she continues to stand out as one of the most successful chairmen in RPT history. Susan was instrumental in opening the RPT to people of faith, and the work she did to engage the grassroots and the minorities during her tenure was unparalleled. Our biannual State Republican Conventions were the largest elected political conventions in the world at the time (17,000 elected delegates and alternates), and Prayer Rallies became a standard part of our conventions.
Under Susan’s leadership, Texas Republicans took back the State House for the first time in over 130 years and Republicans swept the statewide ballot for the first time since Reconstruction. Furthermore, Texas become the first state in the nation to elect 3 black Republicans to statewide offices, also electing multiple statewide Republican Hispanics as well. We made a great political team, but at the request of Governor Rick Perry, Susan resigned from her position leading the Republican Party of Texas to found and direct the Governor’s newly formed faith-based agency, the One-Star Foundation.
Susan was one of the best strategists I’ve ever met. She was brilliant with the press, unprecedented in her fundraising (setting records that still have not been broken), and uncompromising in her principles. But her understanding of strategies went beyond the political arena. She was a powerful prayer warrior and understood that the battle had to be fought and won on the spiritual level before we would see any fruit manifested in the physical arena here on earth. Susan was bold in her faith and in taking a stand for righteousness. She was a power player and earned the respect of those that she worked with, and of all those who worked for her. The magnitude of her impact for the Kingdom, for the Republican Party and the many reforms it achieved, as well as the social conservative policies she established concerning unborn life and the promotion of traditional life and morals, may never be fully known, but there is no doubt in my mind that she received a resounding “Well done, good and faithful servant!” when she entered Heaven today. I’m thankful for her friendship, her mentorship, and her dedication to God and country, and for her new home with her Savior and her heavenly Father!
Susan Weddington, one of my predecessors as Chair of the Republican Party of Texas (1997-2003), has passed away.
She was the first woman to lead either major political party in Texas – and presided over a period of unprecedented growth for the Republican Party. Under her leadership the Party gained 623 elected offices across the state — including every statewide office as well as majorities in both houses of the Texas Legislature for the first time in 130 years.
She resigned as Chair – at the request of Gov. Rick Perry – to accept the presidency of the non-profit OneStar Foundation, whose mission was “to help marshal Texans’ indomitable spirit into meeting the needs of their fellow Texans through volunteerism.”
May God bless and comfort her family.
Stand at ease.
This picture was taken in January 2003. The person standing front row stage left is Speaker Tom Craddick – the 1st GOP Speaker to lead the Texas House in 132 years. The group in the photo includes some of the Texas GOP staff who helped with winning elections. But it was Susan Weddington – right there in the front row stage right – that was our commanding leader serving as the Chairwoman of the Texas GOP. In fact, she was the first female to lead either major political party in Texas. She left an incredible mark on the Lone State state. This morning after a lengthy battle against cancer, the Good Lord called her home to be with her husband Bob. Rest In Peace, Susan.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.