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.com 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-foundedStandWithIntelligence.com 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.
In 2010, she worked full time for the Pantano For Congress campaign as a policy advisor and the E-Campaign Director. She is fiercely politically independent and 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. She continues her activism in the 83rd Legislature as a citizen lobbyist, and is truly honored to serve her community on the City Council. Currently, she owns a small firearms business, specializing 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, 18, and Eden, 14. 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.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO HEIDI REALLY IS?
An excellent way of getting to know Heidi better is through the eyes and words of the men in her life who knew her best. These men spoke at Heidi’s State Rep campaign kick-off on November 3rd, 2011.
The intent of the speakers that evening was to provide the attendees with as much insight as possible into Heidi’s life up to this point. These men have known Heidi the longest. The caliber of these men speaks loud and clear about the kinds of strong influences that have shaped Heidi and her service to God and country over her lifetime.
You can hear from her father, Larry Hansing, about how she was raised and the core values that are part of her very DNA. Then you can hear from her pastor, Dr. Ron Hammonds, who has been a part of Heidi’s life for over 15 years, and has walked with her through joy, deepest tragedy, and brutal betrayal – he will speak to her strength of character through it all. Next, you can hear of Heidi’s deep-seated family support from her husband of 19 years, Andrew Thiess. Finally, enjoy the most requested video in Heidi’s library, her then 17 year old son, Jonathan Thiess, who does an outstanding extemporaneous job of introducing his mom!
This 8 minute video is of Heidi’s father explaining how he engaged Heidi in grassroots politics at a very young age. He also spoke about some of her notable accomplishments.
This 9 minute video is of Dr. Ron Hammonds, Heidi’s pastor and spiritual advisor for over 16 years.
This 7 minute video is of Heidi’s husband Andrew Thiess. He explains how much the family is behind her and why he has such confidence in her abilities to lead in times such as these – she has always walked her talk.
This 7 minute video is of Heidi’s 17 year old son, currently a cadet at West Point (Class of 2016), and in his own words, “Her #1 Fan”. Jonathan explains his role in inspiring his mom to run for elected office, and why he has such confidence in her ability to impact business-as-usual in government.