Mia Garza McCord

Mia Garza McCord

President at TCCRI

Mia Garza McCord is the Interim President of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. A South Texas native, McCord began her work in Texas government and politics after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004.

In January 2005, Mia interned for former-Representative Elvira Reyna (R- Mesquite), the first Hispanic Republican elected to the Texas House of Representatives, through the Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program with the Mexican American Legislative Leadership Foundation.

After the 79th Legislative Session, Mia gained political fundraising experience through her work as an account manager for Lilly and Company, an Austin based Republican political fundraising firm. There she worked with candidates at both the state and federal level and in 2006 led the fundraising effort for the Republican State Convention in San Antonio.

Mia returned to the state Capitol in 2007 to work for then freshman State Representative Kelly Hancock (R- North Richland Hills) during the 80th Legislative Session. Deciding that she equally enjoyed both policy and campaigns, she returned to work for Representative Hancock as his chief of staff for two additional legislative sessions, while using the interims to work on grassroots campaigns for State Representative Todd Hunter (R- Corpus Christi) and Congressman Lamar Smith (R- San Antonio).  After serving as a capaign advisor on his Senate race, Mia served as Senator Hancock’s chief of staff in the Texas Senate through 2014. Prior to her joining TCCRI, she was a government affairs consultant with the consulting and lobby firm of Sabrina T. Brown.

Mia currently serves on the Board of Directors for Red State Women, is the Past-President and founding member of Capitol Republican Women, and was a 2018 Woman of the Year Candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  She is married to John McCord and they live in Leander with their two children, John Mark and Estela. The McCords are active members of Lake Hills Church.

“The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men’s fatal striving to control society — a striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals.”

Friedrich A. Hayek

“Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance.”

Calvin Coolidge

“There is no western, capitalistic country in which the conditions of the masses have not improved in an unprecedented way.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”


“The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be.”

Margaret Thatcher

“It is no good to have convictions unless you have the will to translate those convictions into actions … I often think that when you are going for consensus so often it means that those who believe as I believe tend to give in to the left wing and you move steadily further and further left.”

Margaret Thatcher

“[P]ublic management is not an arena in which to find Big Answers; it is a world of settled institutions designed to allow imperfect people to used flawed procedures to cope with insoluble problems.”

James Q. Wilson

“In the meantime we live in a country that despite its baffling array of rules and regulations and the insatiable desire of some people to use government to rationalize society still makes it possible to get drinkable water instantly, put through a telephone call in seconds, deliver a letter in a day, and obtain a passport in a week. Our Social Security checks arrive on time. Some state prisons, and most of the federal ones, are reasonably decent and humane institutions. The great majority of Americans, cursing all the while, pay their taxes. One can stand on the deck of an aircraft carrier during night flight operations and watch two thousand nineteen-year-old boys faultlessly operate one of the most complex organizational systems ever created. There are not many places where all this happens. It is astonishing it can be made to happen at all.”

James Q. Wilson

“[T]raditionalists must be committed to the preservation of spaces for private life that are protected from the perverse shortsightedness of politics… [W]e should be intensely engaged in the struggle for the soul of our society—knowing we can expect no ultimate victory from politics, but also that we are by no means destined to defeat, and that by persisting in the struggle we make room for another generation to rise and thrive and seek to embody the good. Politics can do no more than that, but it must do no less.”

Yuval Levin

“What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.”

Adam Smith

“Our framers understood that government was inclined to advance its own interests, even to the point of ham-fisted bullying, which is precisely why the Constitution was written–to keep government on a leash, not We the People.”

Justice Don Willett

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

F.A. Hayek

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

Milton Friedman