HD 48 Heats Up

Ex-banker Glenn Bass to challenge Rep. Donna Howard in general election

HD 48 Heats Up

Seems like Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, has picked up a general election challenger: Former Dallas-based banker turned Austin media producer Glenn Bass has announced he is running for the Republican nomination in House District 48.

A 20 year veteran of the banking industry, Bass touts himself as a "fiscal and economic conservative." These days he runs his own holding company, Bass Group Inc., which owns banker and lawyer recruiting service Upstream Staffing and Recruiting (that could put him in the interesting double bind of being perceived as too close to the financial sector, while not being able to take the normal GOP punches at trial lawyers).

The firm also owns independent film production company Glenn Bass Productions, which produced the documentary Heroes and Legends of the Texas State Cemetery. His interest in the media extended to writing a column entitled American Q&A with Glenn Bass (odds are that the Howard campaign is already pulling copies of his work from the archives).

What could be interesting is the role of George W. Bush in his career. In 1998, Bass hosted Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion with then-Governor Dubya. By 2000, that had parlayed into a position as a "Policy and Political Volunteer" for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Full press release below.


AUSTIN, TX, October 3, 2009: Travis County Republican and local business owner Glenn Bass filed documents earlier this week with the Texas Ethics Commission to allow him to start his campaign for Texas House of Representatives, District 48. A fiscal and economic conservative, Bass seeks to reduce the role of government. "I believe in smaller government, less government intervention and personal freedom. Further, it is not the role of government to create jobs, but rather to see where it can get out of the way and let our small business owners do what they do best. While I’ll certainly be providing more specifics soon, those are the basics of who I am and that will be reflected in this campaign," Bass said.

He entered the banking profession while in college in Dallas at the age of 19, advancing to the rank of Bank Officer by the age of 23. He left banking in 2007 after 20 years in the industry and is now President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bass Group, Inc. The Bass Group, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas and involved in several business interests. Among those are Glenn Bass Productions, American Q&A with Glenn Bass, and Upstream Staffing & Recruiting, which provides searches for Bankers and Investment Brokers in all areas with exception to Central Texas and for Lawyers anywhere in Texas.

Bass began writing a newsprint column in 1998 titled, American Q&A with Glenn Bass. While it went on to appear in various publications around the state, the column first ran in The Free Press, a newspaper founded by a member of his family. Even though the family sold the newspaper prior to his entry into journalism, he took pride in knowing that his column first ran on the same pages as those by his grandmother – the late Hazel Durham Bass. American Q&A featured one-on-one interviews with newsmakers from around the world, as well as people from the community. Whether reading a first- hand account of the Kennedy assassination given by Nellie Connally, catching up on Willie Nelson's golf game or talking with the teacher down the street, the column brought readers a perspective not so easily found elsewhere.

Also in 1998 he produced and hosted his first made-for-television special titled Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion. This production featured an interview with then-Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush, as well as a holiday tour of the mansion by the First Lady.

Two years later he moved to Austin and in 2001 began work on Heroes and Legends of the Texas State Cemetery. Eight years in the making, this production premiered at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on September 17, 2009 to a sold out audience. A short clip of that production is available in the center of the home page at www.glennbassproductions.com.

Community/Civic Involvement:

2008 – Present Board Member, Statewide Advisory Board for Our Texas Grandchildren Foundation for Foster Care.
2001 – 2003 Board Member, Board of Directors for Arc of the Capital Area.
2000 – 2001 Policy and Political Volunteer for Bush-Cheney 2000.
1999 – 2000 Board Member, Board of Directors for Mesquite Social Services.
1997 – 1999 Commissioner, Planning and Zoning Commission for City of Mesquite.
1995 – 1997 Board Member, Board of Adjustment for City of Mesquite.
1988 – 1990 Board Member, Mesquite Advisory Board for Dallas CAN! Academy.


1988 – 1990 American Institute of Banking Dallas, Texas
1987 – 1988 Eastfield College Mesquite, Texas
1986 – 1987 Angelina College Lufkin, Texas
1983 – 1986 Diboll High School Diboll, Texas

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