Candidate Profile
Lani Popp

Republican , Texas


Lani Popp
State Bd. of Educ., Dist. 5

Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Barbara Cargill, *Central Texas Republican Assembly, *Chip Roy, *Concerned Parents of Texas, *Donna Campbell, Ken Mercer and 11 more


Greg Abbott, *Matt Robinson, *Texas Alliance for Life PAC (TAL)

Reported by Candidate

Ken Mercer, State Board of Education, Matt Robinson, State Board of Education, Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education, Terry Leo Wilson, Past SBOE member, SREC member, Alma Jackson, Vice-Chair, Republican Party of Texa, Mark Dorazio, SREC member

Selected Contributions


Chip Roy (2019), Donald Trump (2016), Greg Abbott (2018), Ken Mercer (2016), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2020), Republican Women's Organizations (2019), State Republican Party Organizations (2018)
Republican Women's Organizations (2019)







Other Information


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

In cases such as my sister who was three months pregnant, and her placenta was seperating. She was hemorrhaging and bleeding to death. The doctors told her she was going to die. She had two living children and she choose to live, but she mourned the death of her child.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

Strongly Disagree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The State does not have the right to restrict the religieous practices or penalize the religeous beliefs of a person. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


The federal government should mandate standards and requirements (such as Common Core) for local schools.

Strongly Disagree   

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   

I support school choice, including voucher programs, tax credits, charter schools, private schools, and home schools.

No Answer   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Promotion of the LGBT agenda in public schools, including teaching of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, is completely inappropriate and should be opposed at the state and local level.

Strongly Agree   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. Jesus is my savior and Lord. I base my values on my belief system. I try to live by the golden rule, to treat others as I would have them treat me. I believe we should be selfless and servant leaders. .


I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2012 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Republican Primary, 2018 General Election

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I believe conservative means limiting government control of one's life. The government should respect the rights and liberty of their citizens.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I hold a BS in Education and an MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Baylor University. I have been an educator for over 27 years. I have worked with students who are preschool through high school. I have been a cheerleading coach, Show Choir director and classical guitar sponsor. I speak statewide and nationally on autism and social communication. I understand IDEA law. I have been in a school lockdown with an active shooter outside my school. These real life experiences give me a perspective that will help me as a State Board of Education member.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I did not answer question 15, because I feel a teacher should have to complete a School Marshall training before carrying a gun on campus and a basic conceal and carry license is not sufficient. If the teacher is sufficiently trained and the district allows this, then there could be armed educators on campus. I also did not answer question 11 because public school was left off as a choice for parents. For many parents, public school is their choice. Many people choose to move to communities based on the rating of their public school system. I also believe parents should be able to choose other educational choices and the government should not mandate only public school. I am a passionate educator, I want the best for all Texas studens, Irespect parental right and it is my experience is that Texas teachers are hardworking and sacrifical people. When educational is done well is a beautiful thing!

2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   


  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, BS Ed, 1979
  • Baylor University, Waco, Tx, MS, 1980
Work & Military
  • HISD, Speech-Language Pathologist, 4
  • United Cerebral Palsy Utica, New York, Speech-Language Pathologist, 3
  • Castle Hills First Baptist School, Speech-Language Pathologist/Music educator, 11
  • NISD, Speech-Language Pathologist, 12.5
  • American Speech and Hearing Association, member
  • Texas Speech and Hearing Association, Member
  • Hill Country Conservative Neighbors, Founder, member
  • San Antonio Republican women, member
  • Lutheran High School San Antonio, Show Choir and Classical guitar director
  • Oak Hills Church Singers, Choir member
  • Project Red, contributor
  • Special Reach, volunteer
  • Precinct Chair, Held 7

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