A successful business leader in Dallas since 2005, Jeffrey Payne is running for governor of Texas. He owns five diverse businesses from a court reporting firm, a land holding company, a property management company, a retail clothing outlet, and a night club. His success in Texas business is exactly what he intends to bring to political office. He wants to see the needs of all Texans being met - not just a select few.
Jeffrey was born in Maine. At only three years old, his Mom took her own life and he was sent to an orphanage in Louisiana. He spent most of his childhood there then entered the foster care system at age fifteen. He knows what it’s like to be a child in need and also knows how effective supportive adults can be in a child’s life. Crediting those in his life to help him become the successful person he is today, Jeffrey wants to make sure other children have those supportive adults in their lives as well. He also knows Texas needs better policies in education, healthcare, environment, labor, and foster care as well as better financial policies and more responsible spending in order to be successful.
Jeffrey went through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina that left him with the clothes on his back, his two dogs, and $2,000 in the bank. Katrina took everything else, so he set out for Texas. He has rebuilt his life from the ground up, and not only has he been successful in business, he has helped to raise thousands of dollars for charity. His title as former International Mr. Leather was a great start to his philanthropic work for the LGBTQ community and for the greater Texas community, which he continues to this day. In 2010, he also founded Sharon St. Cyr – a non-profit organization that raises funds and provides hearing aids for hearing-impaired individuals and provides grants to organizations for ASL interpreting services. This program is near and dear to Jeffrey’s heart: it is named after his mom, and he is hearing-impaired as well.
Jeffrey is married to his husband, Sergio, and they live with their adopted puppies. He believes Texans are being shortchanged by the current Texas government and he can make a positive difference. Texans deserve a governor who believes in real Texas values such as integrity, honesty, freedom, and independence. Now is the time to Rise for Texas.
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