Acevedo first joined the Austin Police Department in 2007 and is the first Hispanic to serve as the department’s chief. He serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as president of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Acevedo began his career in law enforcement with the California Highway Patrol, where he was eventually promoted to chief.
Adler has served as the mayor of Austin since 2015. He is co-founder of the Barron, Graham and Adler law firm and previously sat on the board of the Austin Ballet and The Texas Tribune. Adler spent eight years working in the Texas Legislature as the chief of staff and general counsel to state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso.
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was a staff writer for the Laredo Morning Times and the Rio Grande Guardian.
Alcala was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2011. Previously, she served nine years as a justice on the state’s First Court of Appeals, presiding over criminal and civil cases. Before becoming a judge, Alcala spent nine years working as an assistant district attorney, serving under Harris County District Attorney Johnny Holmes.
Alvarado, D-Houston, has represented House District 145 since 2008. She serves as chairwoman of the House Urban Affairs Committee and vice chairwoman of the Special Purpose Districts Committee and is a member of the Rules & Resolutions Committee. Previously, Alvarado served on the Houston City Council.
Anchia, D-Dallas, was first elected to represent House District 103 in 2004. He serves as chairman of the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Energy Resources Committee. Anchia is also a managing partner of Civitas Capital, a private equity firm, and is of counsel for the Haynes and Boone law firm.
Armstrong, a former professional cyclist, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, now called the Livestrong Foundation, in 1997 to provide support for people affected by cancer. He also campaigned for the passage of Proposition 15 along with former President George H. W. Bush, which created the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Armstrong is a cancer survivor himself who has been in remission since 1997.
Austin is a leader at Oncor Electric Delivery, a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas. He has more than 30 years experience in the energy, finance and software industries, at Informix, Enserch, Deloitte & Touche and Texas Utilities.
Aycock, R-Killeen, has represented House District 54 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Public Education Committee and is a member of the Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Previously, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army and sat on the Killeen Independent School District Board. Aycock is also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau.
Bahorich was appointed chairwoman of the State Board of Education by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015. She was first elected to the board as the District 6 representative in 2012. Bahorich serves on the board’s Committee on School Initiatives and has also served as a member of the board’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.
Bailey was named founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2014. He previously served as president at the University of Alabama and Texas Tech University and as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bailey also served on the boards of the NCAA and the Big XII athletic conference.
Bañales has served as chief of the Texas State University Police Department since May 2016. Previously, he held several positions at the the San Antonio Police Department, most recently serving as assistant chief of police. During his time with SAPD, Bañales was awarded the Aguila Statue Award, the highest national recognition from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.
Barnes serves as chief medical officer of Houston-based Legacy Community Health, a nonprofit community health center providing care to low-income patients. She is an associate professor of internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of sociology at Rice University. Additionally, Barnes sits on the advisory board of the Kinder Institute.
Baron joined the Post as executive editor in 2013. Under his leadership, the Post has won three Pulitzer prizes. Previously, Baron worked as an editor at The Boston Globe, where he led the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Boston Catholic Church's molestation scandal, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight.
Barron is serving her ninth year as president of Temple College. Previously, she worked for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board serving as assistant commissioner for the Participation and Success Committee as well as assistant commissioner for Community and Technical Colleges. She has taught at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin.
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since January. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance Division’s Revenue Accounting Section. Bass began his career at TxDOT in 1985.
Batheja has covered politics, transportation and economic issues for the Tribune since 2012. Before that, he worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he covered state and local politics. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Bernal, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 123 since 2015. He is a member of the House Urban Affairs and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs committees. Bernal previously served as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio and as a San Antonio City Council member.
Bettencourt, R-Houston, has represented Senate District 7 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee and sits on the Education, Finance and Higher Education committees. Bettencourt also serves as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief. He is the CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC, which he founded in 2009.
Bhatia joined Uplift Education in 2009. She is also a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable, the International Women’s Forum and The Dallas Assembly. Previously, Bhatia worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company for nine years during which she served the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, City of Dallas and Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He sits on the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs, Public Health and Rules & Resolutions committees. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and is a member of the American Legion. Previously, Blanco served as a military intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy.
Bonnen, R-Angleton, has represented House District 25 since 1997. He serves as chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Natural Resources Committee. He was appointed co-chairman of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Border Security. Additionally, Bonnen is the CEO and chairman of the board of Heritage Bank.
Branch represented Texas House District 108 from 2003 to 2015. He ran for Texas attorney general in 2014. During his legislative tenure, Branch served as chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education and was the author of the “Tier One Universities” bill, which incentivized emerging Texas colleges to compete for funding to become nationally recognized research universities.
Brown is the host and managing editor of the Texas Standard, a statewide public radio program produced at the studios of KUT News in Austin in association with The Texas Tribune, NPR and media partners across Texas. Brown is a former host of the business program Marketplace and a longtime public radio correspondent who has been based in Washington, London and Los Angeles.
Bruun has served on the board since 2013 and was named chairman in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott. He also serves as the board’s designated appointee to the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group. Previously, Bruun served as the director of governmental appointments in then-Gov. Rick Perry’s administration.
Buckingham, a practicing oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon, has served as vice chairwoman of the State Board for Educator Certification. In addition, she has served as the lieutenant governor’s appointee on the Sunset Advisory Commission and as a trustee on the Lake Travis Independent School District board.
Bugg was appointed transportation commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015. He serves as chairman and trustee of The Tobin Endowment, a charitable foundation in San Antonio, and as chairman and co-founder of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation. Previously, Bugg served as chairman and president of the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
Burgess, R-Lewisville, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 26 since 2003. He serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade. He is also a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. While in Congress, Burgess founded and currently serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Health Caucus.
Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, has represented House District 113 since 2011. She is a member of the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars, and Transportation committees, as well as the Transportation Subcommittee on Long-Term Infrastructure Planning. Burkett previously served as a legislative aide and deputy regional director to former state Sen. Bob Deuell. She is also the president and co-owner of Highline Enterprises.
Burton, R-Colleyville, has represented Senate District 10 since 2014. She is vice chairwoman of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice, Higher Education and Nominations committees. Prior to her election, Burton served on the steering committee of NE Tarrant Tea Party and was later elected vice president of the NETTP Board.
Busby joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in 2012. Previously, she was an assistant Travis County attorney, working to procure protective orders for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Busby was a founding board member of The Lilith Fund, a pro-choice nonprofit, and served on the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. Previously, he co-founded St. Augustine Partners LLC, an investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions, and Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm. In addition, Bush has worked as a lawyer, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and taught at a public high school in Florida.
Cabrera was named head of El Paso ISD in 2013. He previously worked as a school law attorney and served as general counsel to more than 20 Texas school districts. Cabrera is a certified K-8 bilingual teacher and has worked as an international general counsel, litigator and corporate executive with publicly traded technology firms.
Campbell, R-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 25 since 2013. She serves as chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Military Installations Committee and sits on the Administration, Education, Health & Human Services, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. In 2013, then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed Campbell to represent Texas on the Southern Regional Education Board’s Legislative Advisory Council. She is also a physician.
Capriglione, R-Southlake, has represented House District 98 since 2013. He serves on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Investments & Financial Services committees and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Bond Indebtedness. Capriglione is also president of Texas Adventure Capital LLC, which provides services to small businesses.
Carranza was named superintendent of Houston ISD in August. Previously, he served as superintendent and deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice of San Francisco USD. Prior to joining San Francisco USD, Carranza was a high school principal in Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas and has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Council of the Great City Schools.
Carter is a university distinguished teaching associate professor and a 2010 recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She most recently sued UT-Austin and the state over the recently enacted campus carry law.
Castro, D-San Antonio, was first elected in 2012 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 20. He serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and in 2013 was elected president of the freshman Democratic class. Previously, Castro served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature.
Chammah joined The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the American criminal justice system, in 2014. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic. Chammah was also a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt.
Cillizza writes for The Fix, a daily political blog for The Washington Post he founded in 2005. In addition to contributing to the Post, he has appeared as a guest on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News and CNN. In 2012, Cillizza wrote The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider’s Guide to a Less Than Holy World of Politics.
Coleman, D-Houston, has represented House District 147 since 1992. He serves as chairman of the House County Affairs Committee and is a member of the Public Health Committee. Coleman is also the president and CEO of Apartments for America, a nonprofit affordable housing corporation.
Collier reports on public education for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times, where she covered the city council, water issues and the 83rd Legislature.
Collier, D-Fort Worth, has represented House District 95 since 2013. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House General Investigating & Ethics Committee and is a member of the Public Health and Business & Industry committees as well as the Texas Black Caucus. Additionally, Collier is a trial attorney and partner at West & Associates, LLP in Fort Worth.
Collins is an award-winning musician who was a member of the British rock band Genesis for 25 years. In 2014, he donated one of the largest private collections of Alamo artifacts to the Texas General Land Office. Previously, Collins wrote The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey, and starred in the documentary Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier, which chronicled his book tour through Texas.
Combs, a Republican, was first elected as state comptroller in 2006 and served until 2015. Previously, she served as Texas agriculture commissioner and represented Travis County’s District 47 in the Texas House. Most recently, Combs formed The Anywhere Woman Project, a women’s advocacy nonprofit, and is working to design an online networking platform called Herdacity.
Cook serves as political director of Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group. Previously, Cook served as vice president of the Baylor Law Federalist Society Chapter, founded the first anti-abortion student organization at Stephen F. Austin State University, and established a pregnant and parenting scholarship program for women juggling both school and parenthood.
Cooper resigned from a 13-year military career in 1970 to establish the Cooper Institute in Dallas. While he was an Air Force flight surgeon and director of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory in San Antonio, he developed the 12-minute test and Aerobics Point System to help determine and evaluate one’s own aerobic strength and exercise regimen. Today, the U.S. military and many others use Cooper’s program.
Cotner founded Montessori For All in 2012 and opened its Austin flagship campus in 2014. She began her career in education as a volunteer for AmeriCorps and Teach For America. As a Teach For America volunteer in rural Louisiana, Cotner founded the Community Action and Responsibility Education Team.
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has contributed to a variety of outlets, including Time magazine, GQ and The Guardian. Previously, Cox was an editor at Mother Jones.
Creighton, R-Conroe, has represented Senate District 4 since 2014. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice, State Affairs and Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Creighton served in the Texas House and as chairman of the House Federalism Committee and of the Texas House Republican Caucus.
Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan under President Barack Obama from 2011-2012. Before that, he had served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. He is currently dean and executive professor at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. In 2009, Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Cruz was named head of Austin ISD in 2015, after serving nine months as interim superintendent. He previously served as chief schools officer for AISD, supervising four associate superintendents and more than 120 campus principals. Cruz also served as the deputy commissioner for dropout prevention at the Texas Education Agency.
Cruz, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, ran as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. He serves on the Senate Judiciary, Rules and Administration, Armed Services, and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees. Previously, Cruz served as solicitor general of Texas and worked as a top litigator for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Cuellar, D-Laredo, was first elected in 2005 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 28. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittees on Homeland Security and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Cuellar served as secretary of state of Texas and in the Texas Legislature.
Cunningham is an Austin-based philanthropist who has worked to raise money for Democratic candidates and organizations. She serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, Annie’s List and The Boone Family Foundation. Cunningham founded Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and contributed to former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign for Texas governor in 2014.
Currah has worked at the Texas Comptroller’s office since 1999, most recently serving as senior adviser and data analysis director. As the chief revenue estimator, Currah is responsible for producing the biennial revenue estimate, which informs how much money is available to be appropriated in the state budget, before each legislative session.
Dale, R-Cedar Park, has represented House District 136 since 2013. He sits on the House Homeland Security & Public Safety, Energy Resources and Local & Consent Calendars committees. He also serves as chairman of the House Energy Caucus and is a member of the House Manufacturing Caucus. Dale was recognized as the 2013 Lone Star Conservative Leader by the Texas Conservative Roundtable.
Darby, R-San Angelo, has represented House District 72 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Darby is also the owner of Surety Title, a title and escrow services company, and is of counsel to the energy and real estate practice group at the Jackson Walker law firm.
Davis, R-West University Place, has represented House District 134 since 2011. She serves on the House Public Health, Calendars and Appropriations committees and is chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency & Reform. She is also secretary of the Women’s Health Caucus. Davis is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and specializes in personal injury lawsuits.
Davis, R-Va., was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 and served seven consecutive terms. During his tenure in Congress, he was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and the House Committee on Government Reform. Davis co-authored The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis and currently serves as managing director for Deloitte.
Davis was the 2014 Democratic candidate for Texas governor, losing in the general election to Gov. Greg Abbott. In March, she founded Deeds Not Words, an online engagement initiative focused on women’s rights. Previously, Davis served in the Texas Senate for six years, representing parts of Fort Worth, and on the Fort Worth City Council.
Deason has served as president of Deason Capital Services, LLC, which manages his family’s assets in an array of investments including oil and gas, since 2009. Previously, he was the CEO of a family owned commercial builder. After contributing to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign for president in 2015, Deason joined the national finance committee of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
DePinho was appointed as president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center began in 2011. Prior to joining MD Anderson, he spent 14 years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston. DePinho is a founding director of the Belfer Institute of Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber and was an American Cancer Society research professor at Harvard.
Deshotel, D-Beaumont, has represented House District 22 since 1999. He serves as chairman of the House Land & Resource Management Committee and sits on the Public Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Educator Quality. Previously, Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and as vice president for administration and legal counsel at Lamar University.
DiBella joined YES Prep in 2001 and held several administrative positions before becoming CEO, including school director, head of schools, vice president of operations and growth and superintendent. He began his career in education teaching fifth grade in Houston ISD as a 1999 corps member with Teach For America.
Dowd serves as chief political analyst for ABC News and is the founder of Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund focused on for-profit social good companies. Previously, he served as chief political strategist to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. Dowd also served as a senior adviser to the Republican National Committee.
Dowd most recently wrote The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics. She became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 and is the recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Previously, she served as White House correspondent in the Times’ Washington bureau.
Doyle was elected bishop in 2008. He has served churches in Temple and College Station and was elected deputy to several General Conventions. He is currently president of the Compass Rose Society. His writings include Unabashedly Episcopalian: The Good News of the Episcopal Church and Church: A Generous Community Amplified for the Future.
Dragsbaek is a public health attorney and the president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, a Houston-based organization working to eradicate vaccine preventable diseases. Previously, she was the manager of the Immunization Project at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Before pursuing her law degree, Dragsbaek served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.
Draper is a writer and author who contributes to National Geographic, GQ magazine and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives and Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. Previously, Draper wrote for Texas Monthly and The Austin Chronicle.
Duncan became chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014. Previously, he spent 18 years in the Texas Senate, where he served as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and as president pro tempore. Duncan also served in the Texas House and was a partner at the Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam law firm in Lubbock.
Dunkelberg joined the Center in 1994. She focuses on policy and budget issues related to health care access and immigrants’ access to public benefits. She also serves as a founding member of the Texas CHIP Coalition and Cover Texas Now. She previously served in the state Medicaid director’s office at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Dunn has worked in the oil and gas industry since the late 1970s and is currently the CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC and CrownRock LP. In addition to serving as chair to Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, he is the vice chairman of the board at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Erickson is a journalist and host of Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson on 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. He is also the founder and editor of the conservative site, The Resurgent, a guest host for the Rush Limbaugh Show and a Fox News contributor. Previously, Erickson was editor-in-chief of RedState.com and a member of the City Council in Macon, Georgia.
Fabianke has served as a vice chancellor for the Alamo Colleges since 2012. During her tenure, she has served in a number of administrative positions, including executive assistant to the chancellor and associate vice chancellor for academic partnerships and initiatives. Previously, Fabianke was a professor at San Antonio College for 24 years.
Farrar, D-Houston, has represented House District 148 since 1995. She serves as vice-chairwoman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and is a member of the Committee on State Affairs. In addition, Farrar serves as chairwoman of the Texas House Women’s Health Caucus and previously served as leader of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
Feinberg, through his work with KIPP, has built a network of more than 140 high-performing public schools in the U.S. After co-founding KIPP in 1994, he established KIPP Academy in Houston and now supports global development and other initiatives for the KIPP Foundation. Previously, Feinberg taught bilingual fifth grade in Houston with Teach for America.
Fenves began serving as the president of UT-Austin in 2015. He previously served as the university’s executive vice president, provost and as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering. Fenves is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest national honor awarded to engineers in the United States.
Fikac is the Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express-News and covers politics and public policy in areas including the state budget. Previously, she was the Austin bureau chief for both the Houston Chronicle and the Express-News when the two combined their Austin operations. Fikac also worked for the Associated Press.
Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 116 since 2001. He serves on the House Special Purpose Districts and Ways & Means committees. Additionally, Martinez Fischer serves as chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and practices law at his own firm, specializing in real estate, insurance and family law.
Flores, R-Bryan, was first elected in 2010 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 17. He serves as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Previously, Flores worked in the energy industry as president and CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company and served as commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Isgur Flores, before working on Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign in 2016, served as the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee. She was a legal adviser to Mitt Romney’s PAC, Romney for President and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Isgur Flores was also the political director for Ted Cruz’s 2010 campaign for Texas state attorney general.
Garcia, D-Houston, has represented Senate District 6 since 2013. She is a member of the Senate Education, Intergovernmental Relations, Transportation and Veteran Affairs & Military Installations committees. Garcia previously served as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System and was later elected as the Houston city controller. In 2002, Garcia was elected to the Harris County Commissioners Court.
Garza served as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. Before his appointment, he served two years as the Texas secretary of state and as chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. He is currently counsel in the Mexico City office of White and Case.
Garza is the founder of the Libre Initiative and Libre Institute — two nonprofits that work to inform and empower the U.S. Hispanic community. He currently serves as executive director of the Libre Initiative and chairman of the Libre Institute. Previously, Garza served as associate director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House during the George W. Bush administration.
Giddings, D-DeSoto, has represented House District 109 since 1993. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House State Affairs Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Calendars committees. She also serves as vice chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III. Giddings is president of Multiplex Inc., a specialty concessions company she founded in 1989.
Gold has been a reporter in Texas for The Wall Street Journal since 2000. He covers fracking and the U.S. energy industry and is the author of the book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold has previously worked for the San Antonio Express-News and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Gold-Williams was named president and CEO of CPS Energy in July. Since 2008, she has served various administrative roles at CPS including group executive vice president of financial and administrative services and CFO. Gold-Williams joined CPS in 2004 after holding various positions in several San Antonio businesses, including regional controller for Time Warner Cable and vice president of finance for Luby’s.
Gonzales, R-Round Rock, has represented House District 52 since 2011. He sits on the House Appropriations, Redistricting, Local & Consent Calendars and Government Transparency & Operation committees. Previously, Gonzales served as an aide to then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and was the assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations for the Texas State University System.
González, D-Clint, has represented House District 75 since 2012. She serves on the House Public Education and Agriculture & Livestock committees. Previously, González worked for state Reps. Paul Moreno and Richard Peña Raymond, at the National Hispanic Institute and as the assistant dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University.
Goode joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1977 and currently holds the W. James Kronzer Chair in Trial and Appellate Advocacy at the UT School of Law. He also serves as chairman of the UT Campus Carry Policy Working Group, which aims to set rules and regulations for handguns on campus.
Green, D-Houston, has represented Texas' Congressional District 29 since 1993. He currently serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee as well as the Health, Energy & Power, Environment & Economy and Oversight & Investigations subcommittees. Previously, Green served in the Texas Senate from 1987 to 1993 and the Texas House from 1973 to 1985.
Grieder was previously the southwest correspondent for The Economist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Spectator, The Atlantic, The New Republic and Foreign Policy. Grieder is the author of Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas.
González Gutiérrez has served as the consul general of Mexico in Austin since 2015. He has served in the Mexican Foreign Service since 1987, holding the posts of counselor for Latino affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., executive director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consul general of Mexico in Sacramento.
Guzman was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2009. Previously, she served as an associate justice on the Houston-based 14th Court of Appeals and as a trial court judge on the 309th Family District Court. Guzman also serves as the Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission.
Haj serves as editorial director for ALM, which owns 33 national and regional magazines and newspapers specializing in business and legal news. He oversees reporters, editors and copy editors across the brand’s legal, finance, insurance and real estate verticals. Previously, Haj was a senior editor of local news for the Houston Chronicle.
Hall, R-Edgewood, has represented Senate District 2 since 2015. He is a member of the Senate Transportation, Natural Resources & Development, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Additionally, he serves as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Border Security. Previously, Hall worked as an independent proposal consultant to aerospace and defense corporations and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Hamilton is serving his third term as Travis County sheriff. He is a national speaker and trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Before becoming sheriff in 2005, Hamilton served as chief of enforcement at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education and corrections officer.
Harrigan is an author and longtime writer for Texas Monthly. He has written 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Gates of the Alamo, a novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836. Harrigan was a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Awards for his commentary on film and television for Texas Monthly.
Hasen joined the UC Irvine School of Law in 2011 and is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. In 2013, he was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. Most recently, Hasen authored Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections.
Hayhoe is an associate professor at Texas Tech University, where she is also the director of the Climate Science Center. She is a lead author for the National Climate Assessment and her research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. Hayhoe has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People and Foreign Policy 100 Global Thinkers.
Hecht was appointed chief justice by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. First elected to the state high court in 1988, Hecht is the longest-serving Supreme Court member in Texas history. He has also served as a district court judge and appeals court justice. Previously, Hecht was a partner in what is now known as Locke Lord LLP, practicing mainly in the area of general business and commercial litigation.
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014, previously served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. He serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Hegar also previously served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviews the operation and efficiency of each state agency.
Hellerstedt became commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services in January. Previously, he served as medical director for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Division. Hellerstedt has also served as chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of Medical Affairs for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College in 2009. Since first joining the college in 1996, she has served in a number of executive positions including director for the San Jacinto College Foundation, executive vice president for resource development, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, chief financial officer and executive vice chancellor. Previously, Hellyer worked as an accountant in both the private and public arenas.
Henson directs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-source statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. Henson is also the co-author of a Texas politics web-based textbook used at several universities throughout the state.
Hernandez, D-Houston, has represented House District 143 since 2005. She serves on the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and Pensions committees and previously served on the House County Affairs Committee. Hernandez works as an attorney at Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson, LLP, a Houston-based law firm specializing in civil litigation.
Hernandez is a political strategist who, in August, joined Gary Johnson’s 2016 presidential campaign as chair of Hispanics for Johnson Weld. He is a of the founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and has worked on political campaigns ranging from Vicente Fox in 1999 to John McCain in 2008. Fox appointed Hernandez head of the Presidential Office of Mexicans Abroad, making him the first U.S. citizen to serve in the Mexican Cabinet.
Hickenlooper was inaugurated governor of Colorado in 2011. He previously served as mayor of Denver, where he led the campaign to pass FasTracks, the largest regional transportation initiative in U.S. history. Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial administration has created the Colorado Innovation Network and funded efforts in creating startups and early-stage technology businesses.
Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has represented Senate District 20 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice, Natural Resources & Economic Development and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Hinojosa served in the Texas House and in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
Hinojosa was named head of Dallas ISD in 2015. Previously, he served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including the Cobb County School District in Atlanta, Georgia. Hinojosa is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and served as an educational consultant for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2006. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Administration and Appropriations committees. Additionally, she serves on the Article III Subcommittee (Education Funding). Previously, Howard worked as a critical care nurse.
Huffines, R-Dallas, has represented Senate District 16 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and is a member of the Administration, Business & Commerce and Education committees. Previously, he served as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions. Huffines is the co-founder of the Huffines Communities, a real estate land development company.
As director for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, Huffman heads a team of conservation experts whose work protects the integrity of Texas’ natural resources and some of its most iconic landscapes. She also heads the Conservancy’s North American Urban Conservation program. Before joining the Conservancy, Huffman spent 20 years in city management.
Hughes has represented House District 5 since 2002 and is a Republican candidate for Texas Senate District 1. He serves on the Appropriations and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues committees. Previously, Hughes served as vice chairman of the Rural Caucus and was the briefing attorney for a U.S. district judge. Hughes has his own private law practice in Mineola where he represents families and small businesses.
Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, has represented House District 32 since 2008, and previously held the seat from 1989-1997. He serves as chairman of the House Calendars Committee and vice chairman of the Urban Affairs Committee. Additionally, he sits on the Criminal Jurisprudence, Redistricting and General Investigating & Ethics committees. Hunter also works as a Corpus Christi-based attorney.
Hurd, R-San Antonio, began representing Texas’ Congressional District 23 in 2015. He is a member of the House Oversight & Government Reform and Homeland Security committees. Hurd also serves as chairman of the Information Technology Subcommittee and vice chairman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. He previously spent nine years working for the CIA.
Hutchinson was inaugurated governor of Arkansas in 2015. He also serves as chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board and the Southern State Energy Board and as vice chairman of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee of the National Governors Association. Previously, Hutchinson served as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Hutchison, R-Texas, served as a U.S. senator from 1993 to 2013. During her tenure in Congress, she eventually became the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator. Hutchison previously served as the Texas state treasurer and as a member of the Texas House. She currently works as a senior counsel at Bracewell.
Inman was appointed as a tenured professor at the LBJ School in 2001. Previously, he served as director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of central intelligence and served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years. Inman has served as a managing director of Gefinor Ventures and Limestone Ventures and as a trustee of the American Assembly and the California Institute of Technology.
Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, has represented House District 45 since 2011. He is a member of the House Environmental Regulation, Local & Consent Calendars and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He also serves as chairman of the Economic & Small Business Development Subcommittee on Small Business. Isaac is the founder of the Hill Country Caucus in the House.
Israel, D-Austin, has represented House District 50 since 2014. She is a member of the House Elections and Transportation committees and serves on the Long-Term Infrastructure Planning Subcommittee. Israel is also a real estate agent with Home and Hearth Realty. Previously, Israel served on the boards of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Public Transportation.
Johnson was selected in May as the Libertarian nominee for president. The former Republican served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, and his running mate is William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts. Johnson was the Libertarian candidate during the 2012 presidential election.
Johnson owns a political consulting firm and has worked with Ted Cruz’s campaigns for office — first for the U.S. Senate in 2011 and 2012 and then for president in 2015 and 2016. In addition, he served as chief of staff to Greg Abbott during his time as attorney general and was the communications director for former state Sen. Todd Staples.
Johnson owns an Austin-based communications firm and worked on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign for president, both in 2012 and 2016. He has been named a top Texas influencer by Campaigns & Elections magazine and most recently was the senior adviser for Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign.
Johnston is the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he worked at the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as associate vice chancellor of research, professor of neurology and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Healthcare Value.
Kase joined the Texas Defender Service in 2002 after working in private practice in San Antonio and Albany, N.Y. She has represented capital clients at trial in the Texas and New York state courts and has served as learned counsel in federal court. Kase is also a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Georgia.
Kasich is the governor of Ohio and most recently ran as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. He was first elected governor in 2010 after taking a hiatus from public office, during which he served as a managing director at Lehman Brothers and hosted Fox News’ Heartland with John Kasich. Previously, Kasich served in the U.S. House from 1983-2001 and the Ohio Senate from 1979-1982.
Keller was named head of the Institute in 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy and health and human services integration. He is a founding partner of TriWest Group, a national behavioral health systems consulting firm focused on human service evaluation and community collaboration. Previously, Keller worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver.
Khator has served as University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president since January 2008. During her tenure, the system has experienced record-breaking research funding and enrollment. Previously, Khator served as board chair for the American Council on Education and worked as provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida.
Kingston was first elected in 2013 to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council. He was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as chairman of the Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee and is a member of the Police and Fire Pension Board. Kingston is also a founding member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Public Forum Committee.
Klick, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 91 since 2013. She is a member of the House Human Services and Pensions committees. Klick is a registered nurse and works as a case manager and health consultant for long-term care facilities and legal firms. Previously, Klick served as chairwoman of the Tarrant County Republican Party and as a nursing supervisor at North Hills Medical Center.
Kling has worked for TWC News since 2008 and most recently served as a senior political reporter and Williamson County bureau chief. She spent her last semester in graduate school interning in Washington D.C., as the D.C. correspondent for KMID-TV in Midland, Texas. Previously, Kling was a reporter and anchor at KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Koop, R-Dallas, has represented House District 102 since 2015. She is a member of the House Appropriations and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs committees as well as the Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement. Before her time in the Texas Legislature, Koop served on the Dallas City Council.
Kornacki is the former host of the MSNBC program Up. Currently, he contributes to Capital New York and Salon, where he previously served as senior political writer and politics editor. Kornacki also co-hosted the MSNBC program The Cycle, wrote for The New York Observer and covered Congress for Roll Call.
Krause, R-Fort Worth, was first elected to represent House District 93 in 2012. He serves on the House Corrections and Land & Resource Management committees and works as a constitutional attorney, college professor of American history and government and as a public speaker. Krause and his business partner also consult organizations on ways to creatively reward and retain key employees.
Kristol is the founder and editor of The Weekly Standard as well as a political commentator for ABC. He appears on the network’s program This Week as well as contributes to special events and election coverage. Previously, Kristol was a columnist for The New York Times and Time and served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during George H. W. Bush’s presidency.
Lavine joined the Center in 1994. He focuses on state and local revenue issues. Additionally, Lavine serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Travis Central Appraisal District and is a member of the executive board of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Texas Retirees.
Leach, R-Plano, has represented House District 67 since 2012. He serves on the House Criminal Jurisprudence and Government Transparency & Operation committees. Leach practices law with Gray Reed & McGraw P.C., where he specializes in general business, real estate and construction law. Previously, Leach served on the steering committee for the Baylor Business Network in Dallas.
Leeser was first elected mayor in 2013. Previously, he served more than 10 years as owner and president of Hyundai of El Paso. In addition to serving as a member of the UMC El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, Leeser is president of the Hyundai South Central Region and a member of the National Dealer Council.
Levin works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. He is also an attorney and author on legal and public policy issues who has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Previously, Levin served as a law clerk for a federal judge on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, in 2013 and leads a reporting team investigating the influence of money in federal politics. Previously, he reported on campaign finance and lobbying issues for Politico and co-wrote the daily Politico Influence column, and he edited OpenSecrets.org. Additionally, he covered politics for The Dallas Morning News from 2003 to 2009.
Lewis is a journalist and author of Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). Lewis’ work has been published in GQ, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, the Guardian and the Washington Post.
Lippincott is a leader at Texas Clean Energy Coalition, which supports Texas’ clean energy economy by promoting affordable and reliable clean technology. She also serves as a vice president of Vianovo, an advisory firm. Previously, Lippincott served as chief of staff for former state Rep. Juan M. Garcia III in the Texas House.
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Previously, Livingston pitched and produced political segments for CNN’s John King, USA, worked as a TV editor for The Hotline and was a political researcher at NBC News.
Lucio, D-Brownsville, has represented House District 38 since 2007. He is vice chairman of the House Calendars Committee and sits on the Land and Resource Management and Natural Resources committees. In 2014, Lucio was appointed to the SWIFT Advisory Committee, which oversees the implementation of new policies for the state’s water supply. He is also a practicing attorney with the Lucio III Group.
Luthra writes about consumer issues and patient engagement in health care for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she was a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune, covering women’s health and local implementation of federal health reform. Luthra’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, The Atlantic, CNN Health and PBS NewsHour.
MacLaggan has previously worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman. She has also worked in Mexico City, where she wrote for publications including the Miami Herald's Mexico edition.
Malewitz primarily covers the intersection of energy and the environment for the Tribune. Previously, he spent two years covering energy and environmental issues for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.
Marquez was appointed a public utility commissioner in 2013 by then-Gov. Rick Perry. Previously, she held several positions in the governor’s office during Perry’s tenure, including chief of staff, director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division, and deputy legislative director. Additionally, Marquez served as policy director for Perry’s 2010 gubernatorial primary campaign.
Martinez was elected mayor of Corpus Christi in 2012, becoming the city’s first Hispanic woman to hold the position. She is president and owner of Adlen Enterprises Inc. and previously served as president of the Texas Municipal League. In 2013, Martinez was named Communicator of the Year by the Texas Speech Communication Association.
Martinez was named head of San Antonio ISD in 2015. Previously, he served as superintendent in residence for the Nevada Department of Education, where he advised the governor’s office and others on education policy decisions. Martinez also served as superintendent for Nevada’s Washoe County school district and as chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools.
McCall has been the Texas State University System chancellor since 2010. Previously, he served in the Texas House, representing parts of North Dallas, Frisco, Allen and Plano. He also served as chairman of the House Calendars and Ways and Means committees and as a member of the House Higher Education Committee.
McClure founded TexProtects, an advocacy group for child abuse prevention, in 2004. Previously, she worked as a clinical therapist for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition, McClure has served as chairwoman of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board and worked in finance on Wall Street.
McDowell has served as executive director of LifeWorks, a youth and family service organization in Austin, for nearly 15 years. She currently serves as board treasurer for the Children’s Optimal Health Coalition. Previously, she served on the boards of the Community Action Network and Leadership Austin. McDowell was named Best Community Visionary by the Austin Chronicle in 2008.
McGaughy is a state government reporter based in Austin. She focuses on public and higher education, gun policy, LGBT issues and the court system. She has previously worked for the Houston Chronicle, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and in Washington, D.C., where she covered foreign affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Congress for The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second largest newspaper.
McMillen has served as president of Grayson College since 2012. Previously, he worked in several administrative roles at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas including associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Planning and Institutional Research. McMillen began his career in higher education as an adjunct sociology professor at Texas A&M-Commerce.
McMullin declared his candidacy for president in August. In 2013, he joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor and later became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. Previously, McMullin served as an undercover operations officer for the CIA for more than 10 years.
Mele became ERCOT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer in January. She also serves as board member and chairwoman of the Austin Science Education Foundation. Prior to joining ERCOT, she served as deputy general manager and COO for Austin Energy. Before joining Austin Energy in 1991, Mele worked for General Electric as both an engineer and system programmer.
Menéndez, D-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 26 since 2015. He is a member of the Senate Criminal Justice, Higher Education and Intergovernmental Relations committees. Menéndez previously spent 14 years in the Texas House, representing House District 124. He has also served as a San Antonio city councilman for District 6 and was chairman of the city’s Community Revitalization Action Group.
Miller, who joined the Texas Freedom Network as president in 2005, previously served as the network’s deputy director. She served as the organization’s spokeswoman before the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress and on cable news networks. Miller has also served as communications director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Miller was elected to his current post in 2014. Previously, he served six terms in the Texas House. During his tenure, Miller chaired the Agriculture & Livestock Committee and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees and authored the abortion sonogram bill in the 82nd legislative session. Miller also served on the State Agriculture Policy Board and was appointed to serve on the National Energy Council.
Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 124 since a 2015 special election. She sits on the House State Affairs, Transportation and Federal Environmental Regulation committees. She has her own private law practice where she represents child abuse victims in Child Protective Services cases. Previously, Minjarez worked as an assistant district attorney in Bexar County.
Mittra joined the Tribune after more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked as a copy editor, assistant political editor and as a night city editor supervising the coverage of late-breaking news. He was also on the editing team for the 2009 and 2011 Texas legislative sessions. Mittra is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s journalism school.
Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as vice chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and sits on the General Investigating & Ethics and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor at the El Paso County district attorney’s office. He is now a partner at the law firm Neil & Moody.
Morath was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott and began serving in January. He heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Morath has served on the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees and as chairman of Morath Investments, managing a small portfolio of investments.
Mostyn is a Houston-based trial lawyer and shareholder at Mostyn Law who practices in the fields of personal injury law and wrongful death. She has contributed to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and was a founding member of the Ready for Hillary PAC. Previously, Mostyn served as the chairwoman of Annie’s List, a group dedicated to funding Democratic female candidates.
Neugebauer co-founded Quantum Energy Partners, an energy investment firm, in 1998. He currently serves as senior adviser and sits on the firm’s investment committee. Additionally, Neugebauer co-founded Windrock Capital Ltd. and worked in the energy investment banking group of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Before supporting Donald Trump’s run for president in 2016, he contributed to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has represented House District 74 in 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. Nevárez heads his own law firm, the Nevárez Law Group.
Newton-Small covers everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends for Time. She has interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and is author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works. Previously, Newton-Small was a reporter for Bloomberg News.
Nirenberg was first elected in 2013 to represented District 8 on the San Antonio City Council. He chairs the city’s Quality of Life and City Council Comprehensive Planning committees and serves on the board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Previously, Nirenberg worked as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center and general manager for Trinity University’s KRTU-FM.
Nocera is a sports business columnist for The Times, which he joined in 2005. He has written the “Talking Business” column and, until recently, an Op-Ed column. He also writes on business topics for the New York Times Magazine. Nocera’s latest book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA, co-authored with Times contributor Ben Strauss.
Okafor worked with Students for Concealed Carry to help pass legislation allowing Texans with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns inside public university buildings. She has interned for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. Most recently, she worked on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and sits on the Administration and Transportation committees. Paddie previously served on the Marshall City Commission and as mayor of Marshall.
Paredes was appointed commissioner by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2004. He was formerly a member of the national board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and previously served as the vice chancellor for academic development at the University of California, Los Angeles. Paredes also served as vice president for programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to January 2016. She was the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Prior to serving as an elected official, Parker worked over 20 years in the oil and gas industry as well as co-owned a bookstore and an income tax company.
Parker, R-Flower Mound, has represented House District 63 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Investments & Financial Services Committee and sits on the Redistricting, Ways & Means, and State & Federal Power & Responsibility committees. Before being elected to the Legislature, Parker served as chairman of the Texas Industrial Development Corporation.
Parsons was elected as the Brazos County district attorney in 2012. He is on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Central Texas Police Academy. Parsons began his career at the Brazos County district attorney’s office in 2002.
Patrick was sworn in as Texas lieutenant governor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 7 in the Texas Senate and served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He was also a member of the Higher Education, Transportation, Criminal Justice, Finance and Redistricting committees. Patrick is the owner of conservative talk radio stations in Houston and Dallas.
Perry, R-Lubbock, has represented Senate District 28 since 2014. He serves as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services and Higher Education committees. Previously, Perry served in the Texas House and has served as president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club.
Philpott has covered state politics and other topics for KUT, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate, since 2002. He is also co-host of The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by KUT and The Texas Tribune covering the presidential election. Previously, he worked in public radio and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Philpott has been named Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club three times.
Pickens founded BP Capital Management, an energy investment firm, in 1997, and currently serves as its chairman and CEO. Previously, he led Mesa Petroleum and in 2008, he launched the Pickens Plan, a grassroots campaign aimed to reduce the United States’ dependence on OPEC oil. Pickens also authored The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future.
Pickett, D-El Paso, has represented House District 79 since 1995. He serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and sits on the Redistricting and Investments & Financial Services committees. Pickett previously served as chairman of the Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Price was first elected in 2011 to lead the city of Fort Worth. As mayor, she has led initiatives to promote active lifestyles and further develop the city’s urban city center. Previously, Price served as Tarrant County’s tax assessor for more than a decade and was a private business owner.
Price, R-Amarillo, has represented House District 87 since 2010. He currently serves as chairman of the Select Committee on Mental Health and sits on the House Appropriations, Calendars and Human Services committees. He also co-chairs the Health and Human Services Commission Transition Legislative Oversight Committee. Price is a licensed attorney working in Amarillo.
Pumphrey joined the Coalition as its first-ever policy director, where she holds strategic and operational responsibility for guiding and coordinating the organization’s research and policy work. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. Pumphrey also worked as a civil rights investigator to the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission.
Rac is an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women where she helped develop a Zika-specific obstetrics clinic. The clinic provides care for pregnant patients exposed to or infected with the virus. Additionally, Rac serves as co-director of the High-Risk Obstetrics Infectious Disease Clinic at Ben Taub Hospital.
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly, as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and as a radio reporter in Dallas and Denton. He also served as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications at the state comptroller’s office.
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE’s Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and a general excellence award from the Online News Association. Previously, Ramshaw spent six years as a political and investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News.
Ratliff was first elected to the board in 2010. He serves on the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund. Ratliff operates Ratliff Company, a governmental relations, consulting and lobbying firm. Ratliff announced in 2015 he would not seek re-election to the board.
Rawlings was first elected Dallas' mayor in 2011. As mayor, he has led initiatives to increase economic development in southern Dallas and to increase the city’s international profile. Previously, Rawlings served as chairman and managing partner at CIC Partners, a private equity firm, and has also served as chairman of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Raymond, D-Laredo, has represented House District 42 since 2001. He serves as chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee. Previously, he passed legislation that helped to create the Texas Tomorrow Fund, a prepaid college tuition program. Prior to representing Laredo, Raymond served three terms representing several rural counties that include much of the Eagle Ford Shale.
Reed was first elected as mayor of Atlanta in 2009. His administration has largely focused on fiscal reform. He is the chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is also on the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Previously, Reed served in the Georgia House and Senate.
Rendell served as Pennsylvania’s governor from 2003 to 2011 and as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000. He currently serves as co-chairman of Building America’s Future, a partnership among American political leaders focused on promoting infrastructure investment. Rendell also serves as a news analyst for NBC and as special counsel for the Ballard Spahr law firm.
Richardson served as New Mexico's governor from 2003 to 2011. He has also served as a U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton. Richardson founded the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, which focuses on conflict resolution and prisoner release strategies.
Richards-Ross is a four-time Olympic champion. Most recently, she won the gold medal in the 400-meter sprint and the 4x400-meter relay during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Previously, Richards-Ross founded the Sanya Richards Fast Track Program children’s charity and competed in the 2004 and 2002 Olympic Games.
Rinaldi, R-Irving, has represented House District 115 since 2015. He is a member of the House Agriculture & Livestock and Business & Industry committees. Rinaldi currently serves as senior counsel at Dykema Cox Smith and has worked at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Rinaldi also sits on the board of a publicly traded real estate investment trust.
Roberts joined the Center as its founding director in 2014, where he utilizes the university’s expertise in academics and success in athletics to change the culture of athlete behavior and responsibilities. Previously, he spent seven years as an NFL and college football coach. Roberts is also a lecturer in the humanities at UT Austin.
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She has covered politics for stations in Florida and Kansas, and was most recently YNN’s lead political reporter in Austin. Rocha received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Florida.
Rodriguez, D-Austin, has represented House District 51 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee and sits on the Calendars, Economic & Small Business Development and Federal Environmental Regulation committees. Rodriguez is also the chairman of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus and vice chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.
Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He is a member of the Senate Education, Nominations, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Health & Human Services and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Rodríguez served as vice chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.
Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 125 since 2013. He is a member of the House Appropriations, Rules & Regulations and Pensions committees. Previously, Rodriguez served on the San Antonio City Council and on the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees. Rodriguez works as a San Antonio-based attorney, focusing on education policy issues.
Root, an investigative reporter, co-hosts The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by the Tribune and KUT News covering the 2016 presidential race. Previously, he worked for The Associated Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Post. Root is the author of Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, an insider’s account of then-Gov. Rick Perry’s collapse in the 2012 presidential race.
Rosenthal covers Texas government and politics, health and human services and enterprise projects for the Houston Chronicle’s statehouse bureau, which he joined in May 2014. Previously, he covered Washington state government and the region’s mental-health system for The Seattle Times. Rosenthal is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Rovner is the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news organization covering health care policy. Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 15 years as a health policy correspondent for NPR. In 2005, Rovner was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act and its aftermath.
Roy is the opinion editor for Forbes and the author of Transcending Obamacare. In September, he helped form The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a think tank devoted to expanding economic opportunity to low-income individuals. Previously, he worked as a policy adviser for three presidential candidates: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Saenz heads Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing a culture of family values in Texas. He assisted in the passage of Texas laws to protect religious liberty and Bible curriculum in public schools. Previously, Saenz was the director of legislative affairs and an attorney for the Liberty Institute.
Satija works for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter for the Tribune. Satija has also worked for a number of East Coast news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, the Connecticut Mirror and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio.
Schlegel leads Texans for Vaccine Choice, a political action committee supporting vaccine choice rights. The PAC was formed after a Facebook group of the same name grew to 1,300 members due to a mobilization to strike down legislation introduced in 2015 to eliminate exemptions from school immunization requirements.
Schwertner, R-Georgetown, has represented Senate District 5 since 2012. He serves as chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and sits on the Senate Finance, State Affairs, Administration and Business & Commerce committees. Previously, Schwertner represented District 20 in the Texas House. In addition to his role in the Texas Legislature, Schwertner works as an orthopedic surgeon.
Seliger, R-Amarillo, has represented Senate District 31 since 2004. He serves as chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and sits on the Finance, Education, Business & Commerce and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. He is also a member of the Select Committee on Government Facilities. Before joining the Legislature, Seliger served four terms as mayor of Amarillo.
Silver reports on the state’s criminal justice system for The Texas Tribune. Previously, he was a Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Buster Haas intern and staff reporter at the Victoria Advocate. Before that, he was a contributor to Latino Leaders Magazine in Dallas. Silver also reported for The Shorthorn, the campus student newspaper at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Silverstein became the editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine in 2014. Previously, he was the editor in chief of Texas Monthly and also worked as a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter for the Big Bend Sentinel. Silverstein’s first book, Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction, was published in 2010.
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He serves as vice chairman of the House Business & Industry Committee and sits on the Transportation Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Long-Term Infrastructure Planning. Simmons co-founded Retirement Advisors of America and remains its chairman, and he serves as board vice chairman for the Autism Society of America.
Simpson, R-Longview, has represented House District 7 since 2011. He serves on the House Agriculture & Livestock and Criminal Jurisprudence committees. Previously, he served as mayor of Avinger and as an appointed member of the Ark-Tex Regional Review Committee. Simpson also serves as president and CEO of Avinger Timber.
Sitton was elected to his first term on the Railroad Commission in 2014. He is the co-founder of Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies, an engineering and technology company focused on programs for the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. Sitton has also served on the boards of several energy trade associations and currently serves on the board of the Texas A&M University Energy Institute.
Smith began his role as executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission in June. Previously, he served as deputy for child support in then-Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office. Smith began his career as a volunteer in the attorney general’s office’s child support division in 1988.
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.
Smith is currently the director of the Strategy and Statecraft program at the Center for a New American Security. From 2012-2013, she served as deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Previously, Smith served as principal director for European and NATO policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.
Smith is an enterprise reporter at the Tribune, where she specializes in politics and profiles. Previously she covered public education, including school finance reform and accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sorrell has served as president of Paul Quinn College since 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the college’s board of directors for six years. Sorrell has worked as a lawyer and a public affairs consultant. In addition, he served as a special assistant in the executive office of President Bill Clinton.
Specia was a founding member and jurist-in-residence for the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission during his tenure as commissioner from 2012 to May 2016. He served as vice chairman of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and chairman of the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care. Specia established the Bexar County Children’s Court.
Springer, R-Muenster, has represented House District 68 since 2013. He is a member of the House Agriculture & Livestock, Local & Consent Calendars and Way & Means committees. Previously, Springer did accounting work at a Texas railcar company and managed agricultural futures at his father’s financial services company. Springer has also served as a volunteer firefighter.
Starr most recently served as president and chancellor of Baylor University from 2013 to June 2016 and president of the university from 2010 to May 2016. Previously, he served as dean of the Pepperdine School of Law, 39th Solicitor General of the United States and as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Starr worked as the independent counsel overseeing the Whitewater investigation.
Steiker teaches constitutional law, criminal law and death penalty law at UT-Austin, where he is also a co-director of the Capital Punishment Center. Previously, he served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.
Stickland, R-Bedford, has represented House District 92 since 2012. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Special Purpose Districts committees. Additionally, Stickland owns and operates a consulting firm that provides data-management, marketing and sales services to local oil and gas companies.
Svitek is the Tribune’s breaking news political reporter. Previously, he worked for the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau and interned at The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Huffington Post Politics and the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Svitek is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Taylor was elected mayor of San Antonio in 2015 after serving as interim mayor. Previously, she served as the District 2 councilwoman and as vice president of Merced Housing Texas. Taylor began her career working for the city in the Housing and Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Action Department.
Taylor, R-Plano, has represented Senate District 8 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, Transportation and Education committees. Previously, he served in the Texas House. Taylor also works as the director of Churchill Capital Company, a real estate financing firm, and manages other small businesses.
Teniente-Matson is the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Prior to her appointment at Texas A&M, she served as vice president for administration and chief financial officer for California State University, Fresno. Previously, Matson held a number of administrative positions at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, culminating in her role as vice chancellor of administrative services.
Touré is the author of five books, including I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now. Previously, he worked for MSNBC as co-host of The Cycle and a contributor to the Dylan Ratigan Show. In addition, Touré served as host of Fuse’s The Hip Hop Shop and On the Record.
Treviño joined Texans Advocating for Meaningful School Assessment as a founding member in 2012 and currently serves as the board president. She is also a governor appointee to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Accountability and Assessments. Previously, Treviño worked in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry and had private practices in San Antonio and Austin.
Turner, D-Grand Prairie, has represented House District 101 since 2013. He also served as the district’s representative from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the House Higher Education, Ways & Means, and General Investigating & Ethics committees, as well as the Higher Education Subcommittee on Post-Secondary & Workforce Readiness. Turner also works as a communications consultant.
Turner was elected Houston’s mayor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, Turner served three terms as Speaker Pro Tem, on the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Budget Board. Before his career in public service, Turner also founded the Houston law firm Barnes & Turner.
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers women's health and LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Uresti, D-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 19 since 2006. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Administration Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. In addition, he works in a private practice with The Uresti Law Firm in San Antonio. Previously, Uresti served nine years in the Texas House.
Valdez is serving her third term as Dallas County sheriff. She is the only Hispanic female sheriff in the U.S. and one of only four female sheriffs in Texas. Before becoming sheriff in 2005, Valdez had over three decades of experience in law enforcement, including work in homeland security and anti-terrorism investigations.
Van Duyne, serving her second term as mayor, was first elected in 2011. She is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, the Texas Municipal League and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Van Duyne is also a member of the boards of the North Texas Commission and the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
Vela, D-Brownsville, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 34 since 2013. He sits on the House Agriculture and Homeland Security committees and serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Border Caucus. Previously, Vela served as an attorney in both state and federal courts in South Texas for over 20 years.
Villalba, R-Dallas, has represented House District 114 since 2013. He serves on the House Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He founded the Freshman Delegation, a bipartisan group dedicated to building relationships through the legislative process. Villalba has also been a partner at Haynes and Boone, a Dallas law firm.
Wagner joined The Atlantic in 2016 after hosting MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she was a reporter for The Huffington Post, the White House correspondent for Politics Daily and the editor-in-chief of Fader magazine. From 2007 to 2008, Wagner served as executive director of Not on Our Watch, an advocacy and grant-making nonprofit.
Walle, D-Houston, has represented House District 140 since 2008. He serves as vice chairman of the House Government Transparency Committee, sits on the Appropriations Committee and serves on the select committees on State and Federal Power and Responsibility and Transportation Planning. Previously, Walle served on the House Committees on Insurance, Homeland Security and Public Safety and Business and Industry.
Walters covers health and human services for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as an editor for The Daily Texan.
Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he covered local government as the Dallas County government reporter at The Dallas Morning News and was a staff writer at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, covering a variety of topics, including natural disasters and college football games.
Weaver is a campaign strategist who has worked on various Republican presidential campaigns. Before joining Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign in 2016, Weaver was an adviser to U.S. Sen. John McCain during his presidential runs in 2000 and 2008. More recently, he served as chief political strategist to Rick Snyder’s campaign for governor of Michigan in 2010 and Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign in 2012.
Webber is the Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Webber’s research focuses on policy and technology as they relate to energy and the environment.
Weigel rejoined the Post in 2015 after spending three months with the publication in 2010. Previously, he helped launch Bloomberg Politics as a roving reporter and worked as a political reporter for Slate, where he also hosted the podcast WeigelCast. Weigel has also written for Reason and USA Today.
West is currently executive director of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based public policy research organization focused on promoting free-market alternatives to government regulation. Previously, he served one term in the U.S. House, representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. West also served 22 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel and several honors, including a Bronze Star.
West, D-Dallas, has represented Senate District 23 since 1993. He serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Administration and Finance committees. Additionally, West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and is a partner at West & Associates, LLP.
White, R-Woodville, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues and Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement committees. Previously, White served as an instructor at the U.S. Infantry School and a professor of government at Angelina College.
Whitmire reports on education for The 74 and will publish The Founders: Inside the revolution to invent (and reinvent) America’s best charter schools in August. His work has been published by USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, Real Clear Education and Slate.
Willett was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2005. Before joining the court, he served as a deputy Texas attorney general and chief counsel to then-Attorney General Greg Abbott. Willett has also worked as a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general and as a lawyer for Gov. and President George W. Bush.
Willson was named chief scientific officer in January, where he leads the agency’s academic research program in supporting innovation in cancer research and recruiting researchers to Texas institutions. Previously, he served as director and associate dean of oncology programs for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center. Willson is also a practicing oncologist.
Wilson has served as editor of the Dallas Morning News since 2015. Previously he worked for ESPN, where he helped launch the data website FiveThirtyEight. Additionally, Wilson worked for the Tampa Bay Times, where he eventually became managing editor, as well as the Miami Herald. Wilson started his career in journalism as a summer intern at The Boston Globe.
Workman, R-Austin, has represented House District 47 since 2011. He is a member of the House Insurance and Natural Resources committees and serves as vice chairman of the State & Federal Power & Responsibility Select Committee. Previously, Workman served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is also the founder of the Austin-based Workman Commercial Construction Services, Ltd.
Wortham is the founder and executive director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse, a wind energy recruitment and education organization. Additionally, he serves as president of New Amsterdam Global Solutions, a consulting firm for evaluation and development of renewable energy opportunities. Previously, he served as mayor of Sweetwater, Texas, from 2007 to 2014.
Wright is an author, screenwriter and playwright who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. His book on the history of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, was translated into 24 languages and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He performed his one-man play, “My Trip to Al-Qaeda,” off-Broadway before turning it into an HBO documentary.
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Energy Resources committees. He is also an attorney in private practice and previously served as a prosecutor in the Harris County district attorney’s office. He is the past president of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee and a board member of the for the community advocacy organization OCA Greater Houston.
Yates works for MP2 Energy, a full-service power company serving Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Before joining MP2, she served as director of government affairs at SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer. Previously, Yates was a member of the Department of Energy’s Solar Advisory Board for codes and Standards and worked for Arizona Public Service, an Arizona investor-owned utility.
Yücel has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 1989. She is an adviser to the bank’s president on regional and energy issues. Yücel serves on the board of the National Association for Business Economics and the Global Interdependence Center. Previously, Yücel served as president of the International Association of Energy Economics and the United States Association of Energy Economics.
Zedler, R-Arlington, has represented House District 96 since 2003. He serves on the House Public Health and Special Purpose Districts committees. Zedler has worked in the health care industry and previously served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of the first lieutenant.