In his biography, posted on the the Texas GOP website, newly elected Texas Republican Chairman Steve Munisteri gives an excruciatingly personal recounting of how he met and divorced his ex-wife:
When Steve was 18 years old, he sat next to Deanna Armstrong on a bus of Reagan youth staff traveling from Texas to Kansas City to work on the 1976 Reagan campaign. Ms. Armstrong was the president of the local University of Texas Young Republicans, and later the president of the University of Texas Young Conservatives of Texas, and later a full-time staff member of the Republican Party of Texas. Steve and Deanna would marry a few years later.
Unfortunately, his marriage with Deanna ended while the couple was in their 30’s without the couple having any children, in part because of Deanna’s desire to relocate to the western part of the country which she has done. However, the couple still remains on good terms and still talk occasionally.
Munisteri supplements this by describing his current relationship, the new “woman in his life”:
A few years ago, Steve started dating the woman in his life, Judy, whom he actually had first met in 1979 when she joined the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas. Although they ran into each other occasionally at law functions it wasn’t until decades later that they actually started dating after Steve referred her a case. A couple of years ago, Judy decided to quit practicing law in order to teach high school. She currently teaches at a private Christian school in Houston, Texas, and lives in a home in the Heights.
Another notable aspect of Munisteri’s personal biography is the narrative on his childhood decision to choose the debate team over football:
As a kid he was active in athletics playing baseball, soccer, and football. In high school, despite being the second smallest player on his squad he played freshman, sophomore, and one game of junior varsity football for the Memorial Mustangs until he was forced to choose between attending debate tournaments and continuing playing football. Being a better debater than he was a football player, he opted for debate…
Other tidbits Munisteri apparently thought it pertinent to bring up in the biography, which presumably was approved by himself and/or his staff:
- He won his high school’s geometry award
- His law practice has been in the same office building for 14 1/2 years
- He graduated from his high school 32nd in a class of about 600
- During high school, he worked as a theater usher, a salesman at a hardware store, and a door-to-door salesman for Cutco Knives
- He completed his undergraduate and law degrees in 4 years and 11 months, instead of the usual 7
- He has a business interest in a fly ash beneficiation start-up
A Houston businessman, Munisteri was elected just last week at the Texas Republican convention. This ‘TMI’ moment is an unprofessional start to his tenure – after all, doesn’t he realize that this is what Facebook is for?