TOP HIRED GUN
LOBBYISTS
1
Mike Toomey
Texas Capitol Group, Former State Representative, Ex-Chief of Staff to Govs. Rick Perry and Bill Clements
2
Neal T. "Buddy" Jones
HillCo Partners, Former State Representative, Former Executive Assistant to Speaker Gib Lewis, Baylor University Regent
2

Rusty Kelley
Public Strategies, Former Executive Assistant to Speaker Billy Clayton

2
Bill Messer
Texas Capitol Group, Former State Representative, Speaker Tom Craddick Transition Team
5
Randy Erben
Former Office of State-Federal Relations Director, Former Assistant Secretary of State
6

Walter Fisher
Texas Capitol Group, Former Parliamentarian in Senate, Ex-Legislative Director for Texas Municipal League

7
Nora Del Bosque
Former State House Aide and Appropriations Committee Clerk, Sister is Speaker Tom Craddick's Chief of Staff Nancy Fisher
8
Demetrius McDaniel
Akin Gump, Former Special Assistant to Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower
9
David Sibley
Former State Senator, Former Waco Mayor, Baylor University Regent
10

Ron Lewis
Ron Lewis & Associates, Former State Representative

11

Frank Santos
Santos Alliances, Former National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Consultant, Former State House Aide

12
Robert Miller
Locke Liddell Law Firm Partner, Former Houston METRO Chairman, Former State Senate aide
13

Gordon & Rob Johnson
Johnson & Johnson Law Firm, Sons of legendary parliamentarian Bob Johnson

14
Dan Shelley
Former State Senator, Former State House, Ex-Legislative Director for Gov. Rick Perry
15
Gib Lewis
Business Partners LTD, Former House Speaker,Ex-City Council Member
16
Galt Graydon
Graydon Group, Former Texas Senate Aide
17
Stan Schlueter
The Schlueter Group, Former State Representative
18

Steve Bresnen
Former General Counsel to Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock

19
Clint Hackney
Clint Hackney & Company, Former State Representative
20
Marc Rodriguez
Former City of San Antonio Intergovernmental Relations Manager, Ex-San Antonio Chamber of Commerce VP for Government Affairs, Ex-Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chair
21

Kathy Hutto
Jackson Walker, Former Sunset Advisory Commission Staff

22
J.E. "Buster" Brown
Former State Senator, Former Senate Natural Resources Chair, Former Assistant District Attorney
23
Gaylord Armstrong
McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, Former Aide to U.S. Rep. Bob Poague and U.S. Rep. Ray Roberts
24
Dean & Andrea McWilliams
Former Legislative Aides to Democratic and Republican Members
25

Mignon McGarry
Former State Senate Aide

26
Mario Martinez
Mario Martinez & Associates, Former Aide to State Rep. Tom Uher
27

Joe Bill Watkins
Vinson & Elkins Partner, Texas Capitol Group Alliance, Former Top Aide to Texas Attorney General

28
W. James Jonas III
Holland & Knight, St. Mary's Hall Board of Trustees
29

Bill Pewitt
Bill Pewitt & Associates, Technology and Health Care

30

James Mathis
Former John Sharp Campaign Manager

31

Ray Allen
Former State Representative

32

Billy Phenix
Texas Capitol Group, Former Aide to Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and State Senator Buster Brown

33

John Pitts
Arnold & Porter Law Firm Consultant, Ex-General Counsel to Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, Twin Brother to House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts

34

Patricia Shipton
Former Legislative Director for Gov. Rick Perry

35
Jack Roberts
Former Deputy Comptroller
36
John Erskine
Hughes & Luce, Former Corporate Lawyer for Amoco and Dupont, Oil Field Clean-up Fund Architect
37

Jim Warren
Former Aide to Secretary of State, Campaign Consultant

38

Nick Kralj
Former Aide to Ben Barnes as Speaker and Lt. Gov., Ex-Quorum Club Owner

39
Chris Shields
Christopher S. Shields P.C., Former Aide to Governor Bill Clements and Secretary of State Jack Rains
40

Deborah Ingersoll
Legislative Solutions, Key Fundraiser for Campaigns

41

Brad Shields
Shields Legislative Associates, Former Eanes School Board President, Voice of Westlake Chapparals Football

42

Arlene Wohlgemuth
Former State Representative, Ex-Johnson County Republican Party Chair

43

Joe Garcia
Garcia Group, Former State Senate Aide

44

Bill Stinson
Let the Voters Decide President, Former Texas Association of Realtors Vice-President

45

Charlie Evans
Former State Representative

46

Bob Turner
Former
State Representative, Ex-Public Safety Committee chair

47

Ron Hinkle
Former State House Sergeant at Arms, Former Texas Department of Commerce Official

48

Chuck Rice
BITL Partner, Former State Senate Aide, Former Texas Hospital Association Legislative Director

49

Mindy Ellmer
Former Bracewell & Giuliani Consultant, Ex-State House Aide, Ex-Aide to Governor Bill Clements

50

Joey Bennett
Former Public Strategies Inc. Lobbyist

50

James Clark
Former Campaign Manager for John Sharp, Ex-Aide to Jim Mattox Campaign, Ex-UTS In-House

50

Curtis Fuelberg
Former Texas Association of Realtors Official, Ex-Aide to House Speaker Gus Mutscher

50

Keith Strama
Beatty Bangle Strama, Former Texas House Aide

50

Gilbert Turrieta
Former Houston Chamber of Commerce and Texas Medical Association Official, Former LBB Examiner

50

Ellen Williams
Former General Counsel to State Senator Bill Ratliff, Ex-Texas Monthly Writer, Key Campaign Strategist

50

Eric Wright
Former Chief of Staff to State Senator Bill Ratliff, Ex-Senate Finance Committee Director

SPECIAL MENTION
LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

1

Bill Miller
HillCo Partners Co-Founder, Former MEM Hubble Communications Executive, Member of Speaker Tom Craddick's Transition Team

1

Jack Gullahorn
Professional Advocacy Association of Texas Founder and President, Former Akin Gump Law Firm and Public Strategies Member, Ex-Top Aide to Speaker Bill Clayton

TOP POLITICAL
CONSULTANTS WHO LOBBY

1

Reggie Bashur
Former Aide to Govs. George W. Bush and Bill Clements, Consultant for Comptroller Susan Combs and other Republicans

2

Ray Sullivan
Texas Capitol Group, Former Aide to Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry, Republican Consultant

3

Bryan Eppstein
Bryan Eppstein & Company, Former Texas House Aide, Consultant for Republican Legislators and Candidates

4
Todd Smith
IMPACT Texas, Former SREC Member, Ex-House Republican Caucus Executive Director, Consultant for Republican legislators and candidates
5

Matt Welch
The Patriot Group, Former Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Director, Ex-Aide to U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, Consultant for Republican Candidates

6

Michelle Wittenburg
Former General Counsel to Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick; Ex-State Senate Aide, Ex-Aide to Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Republican Consultant

7

Lee Woods
Republican Consultant, Trial Lawyer Representative

8

Jason Johnson
J2 Strategies, Texans for School Choice Executive Director, Campaign Consultant for Attorney General Greg Abbott and other Republicans

9

Luis Saenz
Campaign Manager for Gov. Rick Perry in 2006, Former Asst. Secretary of State; Ex-Aide to Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm and U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla

10

Kevin Brannon
Brannon & Associates, Republican Consultant

11

Allen Blakemore
Blakemore & Associates; Former Aide to U.S. Senators John Tower and Phil Gramm, Consultant for Republican Legislators and Candidates

12

Scott Gilmore
Former Aide to State Rep. Ray Allen, Republican Consultant

13

Jim Arnold
Jim Arnold & Associates, Campaign Manager for Rick Perry in 1998 Lieutenant Governor's Race

14

Richard McBride
Former General Land Office Spokesman, Ex-Aide to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

15

Jill Warren
The Patriot Group, Former Asst. Attorney General, Ex-State House and Senate Aide

16

Wayne Hamilton
Murphy Turner, Former Texas GOP Executive Director, San Jacinto Public Affairs Partner

17

Dave Walden
Greater Houston Partnership Public Policy Vice-President; Former Chief of Staff to Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, Ex-State Director for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ex-Aide to County Judge Jon Lindsay, Republican Consultant

18

Craig Murphy
Murphy Turner, San Jacinto Public Affairs Partner, Consultant for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton and Republican Legislators and Candidates

19

Sue Walden
Fundraiser for Houston Mayors Bob Lanier and Lee Brown and George W. Bush Adviser to Mayoral Candidate Orlando Sanchez

20

Chuck McDonald
McDonald & Associates, Former Press Secretary for Gov. Ann Richards

RISING LOBBY
STARS TO WATCH

1

Robert Howden
Former Texas Tax Reform Commission Staff Director, Ex-Communications Director for Gov. Rick Perry, Ex-National Federation of Independent Business Executive Director in Texas

2
Yuniedth Midence
Locke-Liddell, Former State Senate Aide
3

Lara Keel
Texas Capitol Group, Former State Senate Aide, Married to State Auditor John Keel

4
Sabrina Thomas Brown
Former Texas House aide and Appropriations Committee Clerk
5
Vilma Luna
HillCo Partners, Former State Representative, Ex-House Appropriations Vice-Chair
6
Toby Goodman
Former State Representative, Former Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee Chairman, Ex-Republican Precinct Chair
7

Carter Casteel
Former State Representative, Ex-Comal County Judge, Ex-Comal School Board President

8

Carol McGarah
Public Strategies, Former State Senate Aide

9

Jay Howard
Hillco Partners, Son of Former State Senator

10

Mark Borskey
Former Legislative Director for Gov. Rick Perry, Ex-Chief of Staff to State Rep. Mike Krusee

10

Billy Hamilton
Former Deputy Comptroller to Carole Keeton Strayhorn, John Sharp and Bob Bullock

10

Mark Harkrider
Former Aide to Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss

10

Suzanna Hupp
Former State Representative, Ex-Human Services Committee Chair

TOP LOBBYISTS
FOR CAUSES

1

Cathie Adams
Texas Eagle Forum

2
Suzii Paynter
Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission
3

Alice Tripp
Texas State Rifle Association

Tara Mica
National Rifle Association

4

Tom "Smitty" Smith
Public Citizen

5

Alex Winslow
Texas Watch

6

Suzi Woodford
Common Cause

7
Luke Metzger
Environment Texas
8

Colin Leyden
Texas League of Conservation Voters

9
Joe Pojman
Texas Alliance for Life
10
Sarah Wheat
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

FORMER STATE AGENCY
HEADS WHO LOBBY

1

Don Gilbert
Former Health & Human Services Commissioner, Former MHMR Commissioner

2
Dan Pearson
HillCo Partners, Former Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission Executive Director, Ex-Aide to Comptroller Bob Bullock
3

Al Erwin
Erwin & Associates, Former PUC Commissioner, Former Advisor to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

4

Marta Greytok
Greytok Consulting Group, Former PUC Commissioner, Former Taylor Lake Village Mayor

5
Barry Williamson
Wilson Holdings Incorporated, Former Texas Railroad Commissioner, Ex-Interior Department Official
6
Tom Bond
Akin Gump, Former Texas Insurance Commissioner, Ex-Legislative Aide
7
Dennis Thomas
Former PUC Commissioner, Ex-Budget Director and Executive Assistant for Gov. Mark White
8

Ron Kirk
Vinson & Elkins, Former Secretary of State, Ex-Dallas Mayor, Former Aide to U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen

9
A,W. "Woody" Pogue
Former Texas Insurance Commissioner
10

Geoff Connor
Jackson Walker Law Firm Of Counsel, Former Secretary of State, Ex-Deputy General Counsel to Governor Rick Perry, Ex-Assistant Agriculture Commissioner

TOP LOBBY
TEAMS
1
Texas Capitol Group
Bill Messer, Mike Toomey, Walter Fisher, Joe Garcia, Wayne Fleenor, Lara Keel, Billy Phenix, Rossanna Salizar, Ray Sullivan
2
HillCo Partners
Neal T. "Buddy" Jones, Bill Miller, Brandon Aghamalian, David Anderson, Hector Gutierrez, Jay Howard, Vilma Luna, J. McCartt, Dan Pearson, Clint Smith
3
Public Strategies
Rusty Kelley, Carol McGarah
4
Graydon Group
Galt Graydon, Jay Brown, Machree Gibson, Jay Propes, Shannon Swan
5
Santos Alliances
Frank Santos, Laura Matz, Luis Gonzalez
6
The Eppstein Group
Bryan Eppstein, John Michael Grimes, David Marwitz, Tim Reeves, John Shults
7
The Schlueter Group
Stan Schlueter, Eric Glenn, Gwyn Shea, Cissy Ellis
8
The Patriot Group
Kevin Brannon, Jill Warren
, Matt Welch
9
Business Partners LTD
Gib Lewis, Mike Millsap, Tom Treadway, Wayne Franke, James Hinds
10
The Ratliff Company
Bill Ratliff, Thomas Ratliff, Ron Hinkle, Kevin Cooper

TOP LAW FIRM
LOBBY PRACTICES

1
Locke Liddell & Sapp
Brian Cassidy, Gary Compton, Michael Harris, Margaret Keliher, Bruce LaBoon, Yuniedth Midence, Robert Miller
2
Vinson & Elkins
John Howard, Bill Jones, Ron Kirk, Elizabeth Rogers, Barron Wallace, Joe Bill Watkins
3
Akin Gump
Tom Bond, Sandy Kress, Demetrius McDaniel, Jody Richardson
4
Hughes Luce
Jack Erskine, Victoria Ford, Myra Leo, Larry McGinnis, Marc Shivers
5
Jackson Walker
Trey Blocker,  Geoff Connor, Kathy Hutto, Michael Nasi, Ed Small
6
Bracewell & Giuliani
Jim Chapman, Shannon Ratliff II, David Thompson
7
McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore
Gaylord Armstrong, Carl Galant, Campbell McGinnis, Jennifer Patterson
8
Loeffler Tuggey Pauerstein Rosenthal
Allen Beinke, Lisa Mayes, Jennifer Windscheffel
9
Gardere Wynne Sewell
Nanette Beaird, Dewey Brackin, A.W. (Woody) Pogue, Mark Vane, David Weber, Kimberly Yelkin
10
Winstead, Sechrist & Minick
Robert Bass, Janis Carter, Pete Winstead
11
Baker Botts
Tristan Castaneda, Pamela Giblin, Robert Strauser
12
Kemp Smith
Thomas Forbes, Veronica Vargas Stidvent
13
Hance, Scarborough, Wright, Ginsberg
Robert Floyd
14
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson
Joe B. Allen, Nancy Kwon, Trey Lary
15
Lloyd Gosselink Blevins Rochelle & Townsend
Brian Sledge, Ty Embrey
16
Potts & Reilly
Marc Levin, Susan Potts, Frank Reilly
17
Booth Ahrens Werkenthin
Michael Booth, Wil Galloway, Fred Werkenthin
18
Thompson & Knight
Victor Alcorta, Angela Christian
19
Bickerstaff Heath Pollan & Caroom
Claudia Russell, Patty Akers, Myra McDaniel, David Mendez

NON PROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS

1

United Ways of Texas
Karen R. Johnson, Melody Chatelle

2

Baylor College of Medicine
Tom Kleinworth

3

American Heart Association
Stephen Brown, Joel Romo, Douglas Dunsavage, Claudia Flores Rodas

4

American Cancer Society
Rodney Ahart, James Gray

5

Texas Public Policy Foundation
Brooke Rollins, Michael Quinn Sullivan

6

Texas Alliance for Patient Access
Jon Opelt

7

Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas
Carol McDonald

8

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association
Bill Allaway, Dale Craymer

9

Equity Center
Wayne Pierce, John Hubbard

10

Center for Public Policy Priorities
Anne Dunkelberg, Dick Lavine, Scott McCown

The Midas Touch
Ex-State Agency Heads
Consultants Who Lobby
Rising Lobby Stars
Lobbyists for Causes
Special Mention

Texas Lobby Teams
Lobby Law Firm Practices
Private Sector Associations
Public Sector Associations
Corporate In-House Lobby
Non-Profit Organizations

February 14 , 2007

Perry Alumni and Republican Consultants
Find Pastures Green in Austin's Third House

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or get them to join you.

That's apparently what Philip Morris USA decided to do when it signed up Governor Rick Perry's campaign manager as a lobbyist less than eight months after the state's chief executive approved an increase in the state cigarette tax. The company that makes Marlboro, Parliament and Virgina Slims is now one of Luis Saenz's seven charter clients in his lobby debut.

Toomey Has Midas Touch
- Or So it Appears - as Leading
Lobbyist on New Hired Gun List

There are two kinds of lobbyists in Texas in early 2007. Mike Toomey and everyone else.

The former Republican state representative may have had nothing to do with Governor Rick Perry's executive order that requires sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus as a pre-emptive strike to stop cervical cancer. It may be just a coincidence that Toomey is one of the three Texas lobbyists registered to lobby for the only company that currently makes the HPV vaccine.

Maybe the governor dropped his opposition to gambling long enough to tout video lottery three years ago without a word of advice on the subject from his chief of staff, who at the time happened to be Toomey. The fact that Toomey would be lobbying for VLTs after returning to the lobby that year doesn't prove a thing. Maybe the ex-House budget-slasher who they used to call "Mike the Knife" had nothing to do with Perry's decision to trumpet the privatization of the state lottery. Toomey's not even registered to lobby for the investment banking firm that's been quietly advising Perry on the possible lottery sale - even though it's true that one of the members of his lobby shop is.

Maybe it only appears that Toomey has an unprecedented amount of power as a lobbyist and extraordinary sway in the office of his old friend and former Texas House colleague who's now the state's chief executive. But it sure looks that way - and that's why the ever-intense, undeniably brilliant and sometimes radioactive lawyer who's been the top aide to two Texas governors is the number one hired gun on the Texas Lobby Power Rankings list in 2007.

This marks the first time that Toomey has crowned the list of the top 50 contract lobbyists all on his own. He tied for first two years ago with his Texas Capitol Group associate Bill Messer, who shares the number two spot on the hired guns list with a pair of Austin lobby legrends, Neal T. "Buddy" Jones and Rusty Kelley.

In other words, the top four hired guns this time around are the same superstar lobbyists who were ranked highest last year and the year before that. The one thing that's changed is the four lobbyists who've become the Mount Rushmore of Austin's Third House appear to be stronger than ever in 2007.

What inspires us to say that? Here's an example: Tom Craddick, Rick Perry, Bob Perry, Jerry Jones, James Leininger, Charles Hurwitz, Charles Butt, Trammel Crow, Peter Holt, Peter O'Donnell, Ross Perot, Dick Weekley, the Bass brothers, the Hunt family, AT&T, Accenture, General Motors, Farmers, State Farm, PhRMA, Merck, McDonald's and Microsoft. And that's just a small sample of the individuals, bussineses and organizations that depend significantly on Jones, Kelley, Messer and Toomey.

As one of the House speaker's best friends and top confidants, Messer goes to basketball games with Craddick, vacations with his family and works out of his Capitol office for all practical purposes as far as other legislators and lobbyists are concerned. Messer was a major target for Craddick's critics in this year's speaker's race - and he was a key force behind the strategy that the Republican incumbent used to win it. Jones boasts the most star-studded collection of lobby clients at the Capitol - and he's added 17 more in 2007 to a list that already had 50 on it last year. Few if any Texas lobbyists have ever been in demand more than Kelley was in 2006 with more than five dozen clients and contracts that had the potential to pay in excess of $7 million.

Saenz - a former assistant secretary of state who won high marks for the job he did with the governor's re-election crusade - isn't the first political operative to trade the campaign trail for work as a lobbyist at the end of an election year. Jim Arnold scored a half-dozen contracts from clients ranging from Metabolife International to the Sam Houston Race Park when he entered the lobby after managing Perry's winning campaign for lieutenant governor in 1998. After four years as a spokesman for Perry at the Capitol and for his campaigns, Ray Sullivan's clients in his first year as a lobbyist in 2003 included HNBT Corporation, which won the engineering consultant contract for the Trans-Texas Corridor that same year. The only catch was that he couldn't lobby the governor's office for a year as a result of Perry's revolving door ethics policy that he first issued while presiding over the state Senate. But Perry appointees on the Transportation Commission and everyone else were fair game.

The Republican takeover of Texas has spawned a cottage industry for political consultants who now spend odd-numbered years lobbying legislators and other state officials who they've helped elect. Thanks to the connections they've made and the close relationships they've forged amid the competitive fervor of campaigns, an increasing number of political consultants have entered the lobbying business in the past few years with a unique advantage that's helped them command the kind of influence it takes to land spots on Capitol Inside's 5th Annual Texas Lobby Power Rankings list.

Republican political consultants who lobby such as Reggie Bashur, Bryan Eppstein, Todd Smith, Matt Welch and Sullivan would be competing for spots among the top 50 hired guns if we didn't have them isolated to their own special category once again this year. While they lobby only part-time, they've enjoyed more success in a short time than some veteran full-time lobbyists will in a lifetime. Obviously it helped to be a proven Republican. Beyond that, however, they had to be good at what they were doing or find something else to do in the interim.

The power rankings installment for 2007 features 100 individual lobbyists in five separate categories and dozens more who are paid to advocate a wide variety of interests as members of lobby shops, law firms, corporate offices, professional trade groups and non-profit organizations with stakes in the lawmaking process at the state level.

With the Texas Legislature back in action for the biennial regular session, a record amount of money will flow to lobbyists who are registered with the state. A total 1,703 lobbyists were paid at least $174 million in 2005 to advance the agendas of 2,600 clients, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The Texans for Public Justice has reported that spending on lobbyists in Texas would have reached $304 million that year if every contract had paid the maximum possible amount.

Texas ranked second nationally in lobby spending, fourth in the number of lobbyists registered and third in the number of clients they had in 2005. The number of lobbyists registered with the Texas Ethics Commission dropped to 1,488 in 2006 with the Legislature in special session for only one month in the spring. There could be 300 to 400 more than that signed up to lobby in Texas before the session ends at midnight on May 28.

MOONLIGHTING

There are 20 political consultants who lobby on the list of the most powerful Texas lobbyists in 2007. Nineteen are Republicans - and the 20th member of the list has helped elect Republicans as an advisor to tort reform advocates since working for a famous Democrat at the Capitol more than 10 years ago. Four of the top consultants who lobby signed up as lobbyists for the first time the same year that Republicans claimed their first Texas House majority in more than a century and elected Craddick as speaker. Kevin Brannon, who'd been advising Tom DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority PAC and a Jim Leininger PAC called Texans for Governmental Integrity in 2002, emerged as a registered lobbyist for Southwestern Bell Telephone in 2003 when the GOP was running the House. Sullivan, the former Perry press adviser who'd also worked for George W. Bush in the governor's office, had seven contracts that same year when he was a rookie lobbyist including a deal with Southwestern Bell that had the potential to pay $150,000.

Sullivan's clients during his lobby debut in 2003 also included Houston beer distributor John Nau III - a major Republican contributor who accompanied Perry on a trip to the Bahamas in early 2004. Sullivan also lobbied for the Texas Racing Agri-Industry Council in 2003 - the year before the governor threw his support behind video lottery gambling during special session last year. Jill Warren - another member of the consultants who lobby list in 2007 - launched her lobby career in 2003 as well. But unlike the others, Warren went to work as a law firm lobbyist after running for the House in 2002. She's concentrating now on consulting as a member of the Patriot Group.

After helping elect Republicans such as Glenn Hegar and Larry Taylor to their first House terms in the 2002 election, Austin consultant Todd Smith registered to lobby for the first time in 2003 as well. Having been versed in health care issues as the campaign consultant for Republican House member Arlene Wohlgemuth - the House point person on health and human services after the GOP won the majority - Smith landed lobby deals with clients such as the American Cancer Society, the Texas Association for Home Care and Texas Pharmacy Association as a rookie in the lobby. His contracts had the potential to pay $450,000 in 2003 and $2 million in 2007. Smith's current clients include Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Mead Johnson & Company, the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers and an array of others in the health care business.

The revolving door continued to turn in 2004 and 2005. Wayne Hamilton, the executive director at the state GOP for six years, joined the lobby after leaving the party organization the year after Republicans seized control of the west wing of the Capitol. Political consultant Craig Murphy, the chief campaign adviser to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton and other Dallas-area Republicans, registered to lobby in 2004 and is now Hamilton's partner in an Austin public affairs shop. Like Sullivan and Brannon the previous year, Hamilton signed on as a lobbyist for Texas-based phone giant SBC during his first year in the Capitol's Third House.

Richard McBride, who'd been a consultant to Republican David Dewhurst in the General Land Office and in the lieutenant governor's office as well, landed contracts with AT&T, the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, the Texas Credit Union League and the tax-collecting law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson after hanging out a lobby shingle in 2004. While Dewhurst lost a longtime aide to the lobby, Craddick's general counsel, Michelle Wittenburg, left the speaker's staff in 2004 for a job as a lawyer and lobbyist with the firm run by former Congressman Kent Hance, who's now chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. One of Wittenburg's first clients was Cap Rock Energy, a Midland firm that had been accused of sweetheart dealing with Craddick before he became speaker.

Republican consultants Allen Blakemore of Houston and Jason Johnson of Austin both got off to auspicious starts as lobbyists when they entered the market in 2005. Johnson, who'd been an advisor to Attorney General Greg Abbott and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples when he was still a state senator, was hired to lobby that year by several insurance companies while landing deals with the Texas Association of Realtors and the Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association. Johnson's clients now include Texans for School Choice, a group that Dr. James Leininger initiated to campaign for vouchers and hired the consultant to manage as executive director. Blakemore, who'd been a top campaign advisor to an array of candidates in the Houston area and other parts of the state, counted Southwestern Bell, CenterPoint Energy and Cap Rock Energy among his clients during his lobby debut that year. Scott Gilmore, who'd been the top advisor to House member Ray Allen, entered the lobby in 2005 and landed contracts with companies that are involved in commissary products for correctional facilities, prison ministries and calling services for inmates. Gilmore had an expertise in prison industries from his experience as a top aide to Allen, who led the House Corrections Committee for two years after Republicans won a majority in the lower chamber.

So far this year, Dave Walden and his wife, Sue Walden, have joined Saenz as the new kids on the block of consultants who've expanded their professional horizons into the ranks of the Austin lobby. Dave Walden, who signed on a year ago as the Greater Houston Partnership's senior vice president for public policy, is a partisan hybrid who was Democrat Bob Lanier's chief of staff when he was Houston mayor and state director for Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He's registered to lobby in 2007 for Continental Airlines and NFL Holdings - a pair of clients he'd helped while running a Houston consulting shop. Sue Walden, who's specialized in fundraising for Republicans, has one client so far, the American Cancer Society.

While the majority of political consultants who lobby didn't take up the second profession until the GOP controlled both wings of the Capitol, four of this category's top five members were lobbying before the change of the guard in the House four years ago. Reggie Bashur, who was press secretary for Bill Clements during his second term as governor in the late 1980s, has been a member of the lobby since leaving the governor's office after a stint under Bush. Bryan Eppstein, who's advised more state lawmakers when they were candidates than any other consultant in the business in Texas, has registered long lists of clients since signing up to lobby in 1999. Matt Welch, who's been registered to lobby for the Texans for Lawsuit Reform since 2002, left the tort reform organization to help launch the Patriot Group last year but continues to represent TLR as a lobbyist at the Capitol. Houston consultant Lee Woods - a registered lobbyist for the past 10 years - is a TLR adversary who goes against the Republican grain with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association as his potentially most lucrative client.

Eppstein leads a team of professionals who are both political consultants and lobbyists with the home base in Fort Worth and an office in Austin. Eppstein is currently registered to lobby for more than two dozen clients that include Fort Worth police and firefighters, TXU, Ryan & Company, Verizon and the Texas Medical Association. In addition to TLR, Welch's clients include the Sudan Divestment Task Force and Maritime Jobs for Texas. Bashur's lobby contracts could pay close to $2 million this year with clients such as the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, the City of Austin, Electronic Data Systems and Verizon. Bashur also represents the Texas Horsemen's Partnership - a key member of an alliance that would like to see the Legislature legalize video lottery gambling in Texas.

Bashur had been a political consultant to former Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn before she decided to do battle with Perry in the 2006 governor's race. He ended up helping elect Susan Combs to the job that Strayhorn gave up instead. Sullivan has had minimal involvement with political campaigns since handling press for Perry in the 2002 gubernatorial race - and he's now a member of the Texas Capitol Group that's led by superstar lobbyists and ex-legislators Mike Toomey, a former Perry chief of staff, and Bill Messer. Eppstein and Smith, however, have had plates full during the campaign seasons as advisors and strategists for lawmakers seeking re-election and candidates hoping to win seats in the Legislature.

Consultants who lobby appear to be making the transition to lobbyist as smoothly as lawmakers. For starters, they understand the way elected officials think. More importantly, perhaps, potential lobby clients assume that consultants who lobby will have greater access to certain lawmakers and more sway with them as a result of the close relationships they've developed on the campaign trail. Those relationships make for great leverage in scoring lobby business and servicing it. Consultants who lobby - by the same token - must build a measure of rapport with lawmakers from the opposing political party if they hope to be successful in their second career. That can be a challenge if a consultant has represented candidates who've done battle with lawmakers they will need to lobby once they've changed hats at the end of an election year.

LIFE AFTER LAWMAKING

While the four lobby veterans crowning the hired guns list enjoy levels of influence and power that most of their peers in the profession can barely imagine, dozens of other lobbyists share at least one common thread with Messer, Toomey and Jones. More than one-fourth of the contract lobbyists on the hired guns list are former state legislators.

Almost one out of every five individual lobbyists listed are ex-legislators. A total of 81 former state legislators and at least one former Texas congressman are signed up to lobby in Texas this year. Sixty-one registered Texas lobbyists served in the state House. Ten lobbyists who are currently active were members of both the House and the Senate. Ten went straight to the Senate without apprenticeships in the lower chamber.

Five of the top 10 hired guns joined the lobby after leaving the Legislature. Fourteen out of the 50 hired guns on the contract lobbyist list served in the Legislature before entering the lobby. Three out of every four registered lobbyists who served in the Legislature were elected as Democrats. Only one of those switched parties before switching careers.

The top 10 hired guns include former State Senator David Sibley, a former Waco mayor who represented Central Texas as a Republican before leaving the Legislature after 11 years, and Ron Lewis, a Mauriceville Democrat who entered the House the same year as the current Texas governor and stayed for 17 years. Sibley and Lewis are ranked ninth and tenth respectively on the hired gun list in 2007.

Austin lobbyist Dan Shelley, who took a couple of years off from his lobby practice for a stint as the current governor's legislative director, served in both the House and the Senate and is ranked 14th on the hired gun list. Shelley was still working for Perry when reporters learned that he'd been a consultant to CINTRA, the Spanish firm that the Texas Department of Transportation picked to develop the first phase of the Trans-Texas Corridor in a partnership with the San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corporation. But the governor's office said that Shelley hadn't lobbied any on CINTRA's behalf - and he didn't begin to list the highway development firm as a lobby client until 2006.

Former House Speaker Gib Lewis, a Democrat who led the lower chamber for five terms, is the 15th-ranked hired gun contract lobbyist in 2007. Ex-House member Stan Schlueter, who chaired the Ways and Means Committee while Lewis was speaker, ranks 17th on this year's list of hired gun lobbyists. Schlueter will be a major player if casinos make a push during this year's session for the right to do business in Texas.

The top 50 hired guns include a handful of lobbyists who were committee chairs in the Legislature: former State Senator J.E. "Buster" Brown and ex-House members Clint Hackney, Ray Allen, Arlene Wohlgemuth and Charlie Evans. Allen, Wohlgemuth and Brown carried the GOP banner throughout their legislative careers while Hackney was a Democrat. Evans entered the lower chamber as a Democratic member before converting to the Republican Party four years into a 15-year House stint.

Four registered lobbyists who were legislators at this time last year are on this year's list of rising lobby stars to watch. Vilma Luna - a Democrat who spent four years as the House Appropriations Committee vice-chair - got a head start in the lobby on former Republican House colleagues Carter Casteel, Toby Goodman and Suzanna Hupp when she resigned early and signed on with HillCo. Hupp didn't seek re-election while Casteel came up short in a primary contest and Goodman lost in the fall.

Former Perry communications director Robert Howden, who'd lobbied at the start of the decade as the executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business in Texas, is ranked number one on the rising stars list after adding the Licensed Beverage Distributors and Ryan & Company to his client base for 2007. Howden served as staff director for the Texas Tax Reform Commission that was chaired by former Comptroller John Sharp, who works for Ryan & Company himself but doesn't lobby. Another former Sharp employee - Billy Hamilton - is ranked among the rising stars to watch in the lobby this year. Hamilton was deputy comptroller under Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Bob Bullock and Sharp before being forced out in the wake of his most recent boss' confrontation with Perry in last year's governor's race.

GIVE AND TAKE

High-powered Texas lobbyists spent record sums of money during the past two years on candidates whose support they hope to have on issues before the Legislature after the campaign season comes to an end. Campaign contributions by lobbyists are investments that presumably ensure greater access and more sympathetic ears from the candidates once they're been elected. The lions share of the funds that lobbyist pump into campaigns go to incumbents or candidates for seats that will be open. While campaign donations aren't a prerequisite for success on Austin's version of K Street, the lobbyists who give away the most cash to candidates are by no coincidence some of the most effective and powerful players in their profession at the state level.

Take Rusty Kelley - the managing director at Public Strategies Inc. - who did nothing to diminish his standing with lawmakers and other officeholders with individual contributions of more than $370,000 to their campaigns during the past two years. Kelly's generosity made him one of the 40 biggest donors to state political campaigns in Texas during the election cycle in 2005 and 2006. A former top aide to the late Billy Clayton when he was House speaker, Kelley can afford to share some of the money he makes as a result of lobby deals that could have paid him twice as much as his closest rivals in 2006.

Buddy Jones' firm, HillCo Partners, ranked among the ten most generous political action committees in Texas during the two-year election cycle after raising almost $1.1 million to pass on to candidates. Jones, who served two years in the Texas House before a stint as Speaker Gib Lewis' executive assistant, has lobby contracts in 2007 that have the potential to pay him double the amount that the HillCo PAC gave away to candidates on the ballot last year.

Demetrius McDaniel - the eighth-ranked hired gun lobbyist in Texas - is a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, which donated about two-thirds of $547,000 that its PAC raised in 2005 and 2006 to candidates. Locke Liddell and Sapp attorney Robert Miller, who's ranked 12th on the hired gun list, leads the lobby team for a law firm that contributed close to $500,000 to candidates at the state level during the past two years. Austin lobbyist Randy Erben, who's fifth in the hired gun department, donated more than $100,000 to candidates in 2005 and 2006. Former State Senator David Sibley - the ninth-ranked contract lobbyist - contributed more than $130,000 to candidates running for the Legislature and statewide offices in Texas during the past two years.

TEAMWORK

Once upon a time there were no hired guns, no fancy lobby boutiques and no stampede of political consultants through the revolving door at the start of each odd-numbered year. Most of the lobbyists at the Texas Capitol worked for professional associations or other single-interest organizations - and the rest were members of law firms or representatives of businesses who traveled to the Capitol for specific events or meetings on selective issues. That began to change about the time Texans were electing their first Republican governor almost 30 years ago - back when the transformation of Texas into a two-party state with a future GOP majority was in the infant stages.

Now there are lobbyists with long lists of clients whose interests are often unrelated on contract everywhere you look. Some go solo. Some work at lobby shops like HillCo, Santos Alliances and the Graydon Group. Some are law firm team members who may or may not dabble in the practice of law on the side.

Locke Liddell & Sapp has boasted the top lobby law firm practice in Texas for the past few years - and it may be stronger now than ever. Locke Liddell has become the model in Texas for lobby practices at law firms. The Houston-based firm keeps the bases at the Capitol covered with good relationships that lobby team leader Robert Miller and senior partner Bruce LaBoon have with House Speaker Tom Craddick and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the west and east wings respectively. Yuniedth Midence - a former chief of staff to State Senator John Whitmire - is rapidly developing into one of the lobby's most effective and popular members. Locke Liddell has an impressive supporting cast of governmental consultants in Houston and Austin with ties to Governor Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and other top leaders. The firm has a relatively new but well-stocked Washington office and a high-profile new hire in Dallas with Margaret Keliher, a former state district judge who made history in 2002 as the first female ever elected to the position of Dallas County judge. She has the potential to bring in new business from that part of the state to a firm that already has clients like Tilman Fertitta, John Nau III and Bob Perry - just to name a few.

The lobby practice at Vinson & Elkins has been in the midst of a renaissance since Ron Kirk, Bill Jones and John Howard joined forces with Capitol veteran Joe Bill Watkins and Elizabeth Rogers as the nucleus of a public policy group that has almost two dozen members. A former Dallas mayor who ran for U.S. Senate in 2002, Kirk strengthens the group's Democratic appeal while Bill Jones and John Howard boost credibility on the Republican front. Jones used to be Governor Rick Perry's general counsel while Howard directed environmental policy for George W. Bush in the governor's office and on the campaign trail for the White House in 2000. Watkins, a key player in Capitol politics for more than three decades, is the name most synonymous with V&E at the state level. The law firm's public policy team has strayed from the beaten path during the past year with ambitious and creative moves such as the alliance it formed with the Texas Capitol Group led by Bill Messer and Mike Toomey and the Texas Monthly Talks series on the gubernatorial race that it sponsored on PBS last year. The expanded group will get its first real test as a lobbying team in this year's regular session - and it appears to be up for the challenge as the second ranked lobby law firm practice in Texas for the past two years.

While Locke Liddell's lobby practice revolves on a teamwork approach, the Austin lobbyists at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are four individuals who happen to work under the same roof with separate clienteles and minimal collaboration. Co-founded by Robert Strauss - a former Democratic National Committee chair and U.S. ambassador to Russia - Akin Gump's lobby practice at the federal level ranks among the top five in Washington with more than 260 lawyers there. So its Austin lobbyists are a relatively small piece of the overall puzzle. But they're talented, experienced and plugged in where they need to be. Demetrius McDaniel is the most successful African-American lobbyist in Austin today with clients ranging from the city of Houston and Harris County to Citicorp, Samsung and a slew of doctors who practice osteopathic medicine. Jody Richardson - a former El Paso television reporter who was laying the groundwork for a documentary filmmaking career when she was lured back to Texas to lobby - has clients in the entertainment business and some who are developers that depend on her expertise on municipal utility districts. Sandy Kress advised President George W. Bush on education issues and is doing the same now for some of his lobby clients. Former Insurance Commissioner Tom Bond, to no surprise, has quite a few clients in the insurance business.

While hired guns from law firms, lobby shops and solo practices tend to have multiple marquee name clients and higher profiles, some of the most effective advocates at the Capitol today are the lobbyists who work full-time for corporations, professional trade groups and non-profit organizations. They have the most expertise on singular issues - and they're usually a better information source than the lobbyists who have to know a little about a lot because of the large number of clients they represent. Above all, an association lobbyist has the ability to mobilize a grassroots base that can help turn up the pressure when needed.

The Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards each had a huge influence on the Legislature's deliberations on school finance in recent years. The groups that represent teachers gained more clout in the school funding fight and should be able to keep it despite the reprieve that lawmakers have in the wake of the special session last spring. The Texas Classroom Teachers Association, as an example, is working with consultants to boost the impact it can have as a political force in and out of the Capitol as a group that was close to the Texas Parent PAC during the 2006 elections.

The Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties led the successful fights against caps on property appraisals and local government revenues two years ago and are geared for the opportunity to try to do it again in 2007. The lobbyists in Austin for lawmen and women have been at the top of their game as well in recent years while fighting for members of the organizations they represent and battling each other at time as well. The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas scored some major victories in 2005 with its leadership and support for key labor legislation including a meet and confer bill that will boost the bargaining power of police officers with the local governments they protect. The rival Texas Municipal Police Association has developed a relationship with the governor that's helped it win substantial state funding for training programs. All of the aforementioned groups are ranked on the public sector associations list.

The United Ways of Texas - the top-ranked group once again on the list of non-profit lobbyists - solidified that standing as a key force behind a provision in last year's school finance package that made state funding for pre-kindergarten programs available to the children of parents in the military.

The private sector associations at the Capitol have always been strong and haven't seen their sway diminished amid the proliferation of independent lobbyists who have contracts with many of their members. Most of the associations that represent private industry - in fact - have outside lobbyists on contract to bolster their influence and positioning when laws are being made. The larger corporations, as a result, have their interests advanced and protected by their own in-house professionals, statewide associations and the independent lobbyists they enlist as hired guns. The Texas Association of Realtors and the groups that represent wholesale liquor distributors and package stores made the biggest leaps up the list of private sector associations on the power rankings in light of the substantial sums of money they poured into the campaign coffers of lawmakers last year. The battle that liquor interests are waging among themselves for the right to sell booze to bars and restaurants in Texas has the potential for major fireworks during the regular session this year.

The most significant change at the top of the list of corporate in-house lobbyists this year might have been the change in the name of the San Antonio-based phone giant from SBC to AT&T if not for the sudden breakthrough of Merck & Co. into the rankings in the wake of the governor's order on the HPV vaccine. Merck, the only company in the world that manufactures and sells the vaccine, made its debut in the number four slot while the Zachry Group vaulted into the top five right below it as the co-partner in the development of the Trans-Texas Corridor. Merck is one of a half-dozen corporations with full-time Texas lobbyists who are making their first appearances on the lobby power list. The AT&T team members - ranked at the top of the corporate in-house category once again - have the luxury of knowing that they have more than 110 outside lobbyists on contract so far backing them up during the session this year.

REVOLVING DOOR

Former state agency heads - like the legislators who controlled their budgets - have found success through the revolving door that separates state government from the lobby. There are more than enough lobbyists who used to be bosses in the bureaucracy to merit their own new power rankings list.

Former Health and Human Services Commissioner Don Gilbert, who's ranked first in this category, represents more than a dozen clients that are involved in health care. HillCo lobbyist Dan Pearson - the former executive director of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission before the name changed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - is a HillCo lobbyist who's ranked second while former Public Utility Commission members Al Erwin, Marta Greytok and Dennis Thomas are third, fourth and seventh on the list of ex-state agency heads who lobby.

The list includes one former Railroad Commissioner, Barry Williamson, and three registered lobbyists - former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and Jackson Walker Of Counsel Geoff Connor. Two former state insurance commissioners - Tom Bond and Woody Pogue - are listed among the lobbyists who used to oversee the operations of state agencies.

LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

Two Texas lobbyists are in a unique league of their own for different reasons. Jack Gullahorn - a charter member of Capitol Inside's Texas Lobby Hall of Fame in 2005 - was one of the original hired gun lobbyists who offered his services to multiple clients. A former chief of staff to Billy Clayton in the House speaker's office, Gullahorn plied his trade as a member of the Akin Gump law firm before helping launch Public Strategies. He's the founder and president of the Professional Advocacy Association of Texas - a statewide organization for lobbyists.

The other member on the special mention list is Bill Miller - a veteran Capitol player who doesn't really fit into any of the other categories despite the fact that he co-founded HillCo and is registered to lobby. Miller at times is the Red Adair of the Austin lobby - a trouble-shooter who fights fires and occasionally fans them when necessary. A virtuoso in the art of political spin, Miller's emergence as a spokesman in a news story is a sign of big trouble. Like a modern-day Machiavelli, Miller shows up when something's out of order and manipulates it back into place. After being tapped for the House speaker's transition team four years ago, Miller showed his appreciation by arranging for Tom Craddick to meet the Pope. He was instrumental in the speaker's re-election in the face of a challenge at the start of the session this year. Miller has a mystique that's hard to define - and there are some who don't trust him. He's not a typical lobbyist, but he's a great friend to have on your side in a fight.

THE RANKINGS PROCESS

The Texas Lobby Power Rankings are based on Texas Ethics Commission records, research, institutional knowledge and conversations with lobbyists, lawmakers, consultants and others within the state Capitol community. With more than 1,500 lobbyists currently registered in Texas and several hundred more expected to sign up before the end of the year, some people and groups who deserve to be listed have been inadvertently left out. That is inevitable with a project of this size. Any suggestions on names that should be added are welcome.

PUBLIC SECTOR
ASSOCIATONS

1

Texas Municipal League
Shanna Igo, Frank Sturzl

2

Texas Association of Counties
Carey Boethel

3

Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Jeri Stone, Charlotte Clifton, Ann Fickel, Lindsay Gustafson, Lonnie Hollingsworth Jr., Dohn Larson, Holly Eaton Tabel

4

Texas Association of School Administrators
Amy Beneski, Ramiro Canales, Johnny Veselka

5

Texas Association of School Boards
Jacqueline Lain, Catherine Clark, M.J. Nichio, Julie Shields

6

Texas State Teachers Association
Donna Haschke, Jack Kelly, Richard Kouri

7

Texas Federation of Teachers
Eric Hartman, Rene Lara, John O'Sullivan

8

Texas Conference of Urban Counties
Don Lee

9

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Jennifer Canaday, Brock Gregg, Patty Quinzi, Jenny Simpson

10

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
Charles Wilkison

11

Texas Municipal Police Association
Tom Gaylor

12

Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
James Allison

13
Texas Public Employees Association
Gary Anderson
14

Texas District and County Attorneys Association
Shannon Edmonds, Robert Kepple

CORPORATE
IN-HOUSE

1

AT&T
Jeff Blaylock, Shane Cordova, John Montford, Leslie Ward

2

Verizon
Steve Banta, Charles Carrathers, Thomas Clarke, Carl Erhart, James Hines, Helen Soto Knaggs, Richard Lawson

3
CenterPoint Energy
Jeff Bonham, June Deadrick, Rina Hartline, John Urrabazo
4

Ryan & Company
Susan Bittick, James Eads, Britt Ryan

5

TXU
Paul Blanton, Curtis Seidlits, Rudy Garza

6

American Electric Power
Jack Ballard, James Dodson, Gary Gibbs, Julio Reyes, Judith Talavera

7

Merck
Holly Jacques

8

Zachry Group
Victoria Waddy

9

Union Pacific Railroad
Ron Olson

10

Farmers Insurance
Frank Galitski

11

Exxon Mobil
Lisa Lucero, Sara K. Tays

12

Entergy/Gulf States
Parker McCullough

13

Landry's Restaurants
Stephen Greenberg

14
Marathon Oil
Hugo Gutierrez
15

Gulf States Toyota
Ken Roche

16

Electronic Data Systems
Sano Blocker, Lisa Garcia

17
ChevronTexaco
Stephen Perry
18

Texas Instruments
Stephen Bonner, Elizabeth Mayes, Philip Ritter

19
Continental Airlines
Nene Foxhall, Leslie Taylor
20
Lyondell Chemical Company
Cindy McCauley
21
Huntsman Corporation
Mike Meroney
22
El Paso Corporation
Kym Olson
23
Amerigroup Corporation
Meredith Delk
24
Lenders & Members Group
Tom Duffy
25
ConocoPhillips
Thomas Sellers

PRIVATE SECTOR
ASSOCIATONS

1

Business & Insurance
Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Leo Linbeck,
Richard Trabulsi, Richard Weekley

2

Lawyers
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Tommy Townsend, James Fields, Gladys Alonzo, Marcia Kelly

3

Doctors
Texas Medical Association
Louis Goodman, Hilary Dennis, Daniel Thomas Finch, Greg Herzog, David Reynolds, Darren Whitehurst

4

Real Estate
Texas Association of Realtors
Daniel Gonzalez, Mark Lehman

5

Alcohol
Wholesale Beer
Distributors of Texas

Mike McKinney, Tom Spillman

Beer Alliance of Texas
Rick Donley

Licensed Beverage Distributors
Robert "Butch" Sparks, Alan Gray

Texas Package Stores Association
Fred Marosko

6

General Business
Texas Association of Business
Bill Hammond, Jack Campbell, Richard Evans, Mary Miksa, Lucinda Dean Saxon

7

Highway Contractors
Associated General Contractors of Texas
Thomas Johnson

8

Energy
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Rob Looney, Ben Sebree

Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association
Adam Haynes, Donna Warndof

9

Utilities
Association of Electric Companies
John Fainter, Walt Baum

10

Telecommunications
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Todd Baxter, Jeff Burdett

11

Business
Texas Civil Justice League
George Scott Christian, Jerry "Nub" Donaldson

12

Agriculture
Texas Farm Bureau
Billy Howe, Ken Hodges, Warren Mayberry

13

Small Business
National Federation of Independent Business
Will Newton, Lance Lively

14

Dental
Texas Dental Association
Lisa Barsumian

15

Transportation
Texas Automobile Dealers Association
Tom Blanton

16

Health Facilities
Texas Hospital Association

Joe A. DaSilva

17

Financial
Texas Credit Union League
Buddy Gill, Jeff Huffman, Carolyn Merchan Saegert

18

Engineers
Texas Council of Engineering Companies
Lisa Anderson, Peyton McKnight, Robert Stagner

19

Property Management
Texas Apartment Association
George Allen, David Mintz

20

Property Management
Texas Apartment Association
George Allen, David Mintz

21

Health Care
Texas Health Care Association
Leticia Caballero, Dorothy Crawford, Tim Graves, Tim Plowman

22

Food Service
Texas Restaurant Association
Richie Jackson, Glen Garey

23

Television and Radio
Texas Association of Builders
Ned Munoz, Scott Norman, Kristi Sutterfield

24

Television and Radio
Texas Association of Broadcasters
Ann Arnold

25

Transportation
Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association
Lawrence Olsen

25

Trucking
Texas Motor Transportation Association
Les Findeisen, John Esparza

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