Tribpedia: Jay Kimbrough

Jay Kimbrough has been Gov. Rick Perry's policy point-man for almost every crisis through two Republican administrations.

Over the last two decades, he has overhauled drug task forces, targeted sexual predators and fought corruption at the Texas Commission on Private Security and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Most recently, he oversaw the Texas Youth Commission following reports of widespread abuse in the agency, and took charge of Texas A&M University's safety problems in biodefense labs.

Kimbrough, a Dallas native who survived near fatal injuries during the Vietnam War, grew up a self-described "Kennedy Democrat." He eventually switched parties, organizing Texas events for former President George H.W. Bush.

By 2001, he was Gov. Rick Perry's criminal justice adviser, and later, his deputy chief of staff. For the next five years, he led most of the state's law enforcement and homeland security crises.

Kimbrough made headlines in 2003 after he was captured on video in the Capitol command center helping to track down House Democrats who fled the state to prevent a vote on Republican redistricting.

Kimbrough is now general counsel for the Texas A&M University System. He is married and has two adult children.

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