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TFRW Woman of Distinction – September 2022


While very politically active and involved in conservative Christian organizations, the most important roles Denise plays are as wife to Randy Rives, mother to three grown children, and grandmother (“Mimi”) to eight wonderful grandchildren. She is passionate about preserving the Christian values and principles upon which this country was founded for future generations.

The greatest passion that Denise Rives has is helping others to find their passion and maximize their strengths in pursuing that passion. Her special rapport with audiences of all sizes and demographics stems from her positive attitude toward life as well as her years of experience in teaching, whether young students or adults. She is an advocate for learning at all stages of life.

During her career, Denise served as a public school teacher, counselor, principal, staff developer, instructor of alternative certification for principals and superintendents, and charter school operator. She retired after 40 years in Texas public schools, mostly in west Texas. Following retirement, Denise and husband Randy moved to Horseshoe Bay where she is now District Representative for Senator Dawn Buckingham; Immediate Past President of Star Republican Women; TFRW Deputy President, Region XII; Llano ISD School Board Trustee; Board member and Secretary of Pregnancy and Life Center in the Highland Lakes area; and adult Bible study leader.

Fun activities that Denise enjoys include walking on the golf course, game night with friends, reading, and visiting children and grandchildren in Odessa, Katy, and Nashville.