Cathy Gillespie has held numerous positions in government and politics over the past 30 years. She has served as a congressional chief of staff (Congressman Joe Barton), campaign manager, fundraiser and grassroots organizer. Women’s outreach has been a special interest of Cathy’s and in 2004 she served as Director of President Bush’s W Stands for Women effort and in 2008 helped Actress Janine Turner promote her Washington Post bestselling book, Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Women Who Championed Their Children and Changed History.
Cathy serves as co-chair of Constituting America with Actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights, Cliffhanger) – and has served in this capacity since Constituting America’s founding in 2010 by Actress Janine Turner. Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media, to educate, engage and inspire America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.
Constituting America is the only organization that utilizes the movies, music and television with the kids’ own works, to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution by distributing their works through the national media.
Cathy is active in a number of political and charitable organizations, having served until recently on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and currently on the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services in Alexandria, Virginia and the Joe Barton Family Foundation based in Ennis, Texas.
She has volunteered and raised funds for the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Histiocytosis Association of America, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She has served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, and as a board member of Bishop Ireton High School.
After 25 years on Capitol Hill and in politics, Cathy has come to believe that in addition to participating in the political process, we all must work to educate our children and re-educate ourselves about the principles embodied in the United States Constitution, and upon which our country was founded. Cathy believes we all must engage in “culture making,” in order to preserve and protect these values.
Cathy is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Fairfax County near George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Cathy is married to Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman and Counselor to President George W. Bush. Ed and Cathy have three children: John, Carrie & Mollie.