This month at TTP – Collin county, we are honored to be hosting Todd Bensman, an immigration and counter-terrorism expert. He is a reporter, an expert witness, an author, and an over all wealth of knowledge on the effects that immigration have on our nation, as well as the threat of jihadist infiltration via our southern border. Come and learn from someone with real experience and first-hand knowledge. Bring a pen, some paper, and a friend who needs to know more on this subject as well!
We will also be featuring Bunni Pounds, of Christians Engaged.
She will be sharing with us about what this organization believes in and how you can get involved!
True Texas Project
Speaker: Todd Bensman
Secondary Speaker: Bunni Pounds
Monday, August 15th
Location: Collin County Republican Party
2963 W 15th St Unit 2981 Plano, TX 75075
5:30pm – Prayer meeting
5:45pm – $5 dinner (while supplies last)
6:30-8:00pm – meeting
No dues. No fees. No memberships. No RSVPs
About Todd Bensman:
Todd Bensman is the author of America’s Covert Border War: The Untold Story of the Nation’s Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration (Posthill Press/Bombardier Books, February 23, 2021). He currently serves as the Texas-based Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a Washington, D.C. policy institute for which he writes, speaks, and grants media interviews about the nexus between immigration and national security. He frequently reports from the southern border, in Mexico and in Latin America. He has testified before Congress as an expert witness and regularly appears on radio and television outlets to discuss illegal immigration and border security matters. Separately, he has written about homeland security and terrorism subjects for Homeland Security Today, Townhall, The Federalist, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, SpyTalk, The Daily Wire, The National Pulse, The National Interest, and other publications. He serves as a Writing Fellow for the Middle East Forum and also teaches terrorism, intelligence analysis, and journalism as a university adjunct lecturer. (Sign up for his newsletter to receive alerts when new columns and reports publish.)
For nearly a decade prior to joining CIS in August 2018, Bensman led counterterrorism intelligence for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division and its multi-agency fusion center. Before his homeland security service, Bensman was a journalist for 23 years, covering national security after 9/11 as a staff writer for major newspapers.
About Bunni Pounds:
Bunni Pounds is the President of Christians Engaged. This statewide non-partisan ministry awakens, motivates, educates, and empowers believers in Jesus Christ: to pray for their nation and elected officials regularly, to vote in every election to impact their culture, and to engage their hearts in some form of civic education or engagement for the wellbeing of America.
As a political consultant by profession – Bunni spent over 15 years running the campaigns of Members of Congress around Texas. She started her career as the campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling then launched her own firm, Bunni Pounds & Associates building a top Texas consulting firm with nine associates and thirty-one clients.
Her life radically changed in 2018 – when out of the blue – Bunni felt called to run of her former bosses’ seat for Congress. In the end – she made it through a field of eight primary candidates into the Republican Primary runoff but came up slightly short. During the 2018 primary season, she raised more money than any GOP open seat candidate in the State of Texas, became the only person in the entire United States who gained the endorsement of Vice President Mike Pence, and out of 46 candidates became the only Texas Republican woman to make the runoff election.
Bunni’s experience doesn’t just stop at politics. She has been bi-vocational and active in Christian ministry since she was 16. Bunni is a Bible teacher and motivational speaker who has authored 5 books, published worship songs, and church-planted with her husband Tim for over 10 years. Speaking to the church and the culture, she is a regular contributor to The Stream and has also been published in the Wall Street Journal and Charisma Magazine among others.
She has a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in Political Science from Dallas Baptist University and an associate degree in Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas.
Married for 26 years to Tim Pounds, they have 2 young adult sons, Israel and Ben, and two daughters-in-law -Teodora (from Romania) and Giulia (from Brazil).
Bunni loves to motivate people to pray, vote, and engage their hearts to impact America and the world. She believes that people are called to walk in intimacy with Jesus and be salt and light to a dying world.