1956 (Age 11) Hung get-out-the-vote liberty bell shaped door hangers for Eisenhower in boyhood hometown of McDade (pop 250). Parents voted for Eisenhower. Mother helped hold the election. Grandfather did the same in 1902 in Spring, Texas, north of Houston, founded by the Wuensches and four other families in 1845.
1951 to 1963 Family could not afford daily Austin American Statesman newspaper but a sensitive neighbor gave the family old copies of Life magazine. Life magazine as the early TV of the time was the national establishment media. In this magazine he learned early of its power and corruption when the magazine set up a story of dirt next to pill cases in the office of the doctor who had saved his mother’s life in order to drive that doctor out of business. There was no TV in the home during his high school years. His father was a conservative with a second grade education who spoke often of the danger of one world government.
1967 Read Newsweek magazine while in graduate school and was fascinated by the upcoming 1968 presidential election between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.
1968 Attended a rally for candidate Richard Nixon at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston’s Herman Park. Nixon gave a speech saying “we need to get people off the welfare rolls onto the payrolls”. And then flashed his characteristic V sign with arms upraised and waded into the crowd.
1972 Joined Houston Young Adult Republican Club after receiving a flyer on his car. Was one of the more conservative members of the club. At the time many believed that Steve Munisteri belonging to Young Americans for Freedom was too right wing. Vern believed otherwise. Steve Munisteri today is the very effective chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Vern attended ALL Republican Party of Texas conventions except one to the present day. Usually as a state delegate. And studied politics and worked on campaigns of every type for forty-two years to the present day.
1976 Met Ronald Reagan and supported Reagan over Ford.
1980 Supported Reagan over fellow Texan Bush.
1990 Founded Texans for Efficiency in Government,Inc., a non-profit public benefit corporation. The organization is a tax exempt 501c3. Founded and promoted Business Consensus as a part of this organization focusing on government waste and abuse.
1994 Promoted term limits to reduce the power of the establishment and to create a strong respect for unselfish conservatives after Republicans gained control of Congress.
2003 Founded and promoted Legal Reform–Now! to improve our legal system by reducing the monopoly power of lawyers who today make up 82% of our three branches of government. Which results in constitutionally designed checks and balances among the three branches to be impossible.
2007 Authored book Overcoming Legal Abuse as an American Entrepreneur chronicling the survival of his small business without a fair functioning legal system yet despite this becoming Houston’s oldest residential contractor.
2007 Ran for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in a year-long campaign spending 100 days visiting 6,000 businesses in 242 towns in Iowa and New Hampshire emphasizing the overriding importance of the personal qualities necessary to perform the job well. Placed tenth among serious candidates, spending $36,000.
2011 Ran again for the Republican nomination for President of the United States as a respected candidate in a diverse campaign, again emphasizing the importance of the personal qualities necessary to perform the job well. Placed seventh among serious candidates spending $10,000.
2012 Spoke out to the Houston Metro Board against its attempt to take 25% of the total Houston sales tax revenue which earlier had been allocated to many of the smaller surrounding communities for their needs.
2013 Promoted the idea of small business owners running for public office with an article in the Houston Business Journal.