TOP HIRED GUN
LOBBYISTS
1

Rusty Kelley
Blackridge, Former Executive Assistant to Speaker Billy Clayton

2
Neal T. "Buddy" Jones
HillCo Partners, Former State Representative, Former Executive Assistant to Speaker Gib Lewis
3
Mike Toomey
Texas Capitol Group, Former State Representative, Ex-Chief of Staff to Govs. Rick Perry and Bill Clements
4
Bill Messer
Texas Capitol Group, Former State Representative, Speaker Tom Craddick Transition Team
5

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

6
Demetrius McDaniel
Greenberg Traurig, Former Special Assistant to Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower
7

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

8
Randy Erben
Former Office of State-Federal Relations Director, Former Assistant Secretary of State
9
Clint Hackney
Clint Hackney & Company, Former State Representative
10

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

11

Ron Lewis
Ron Lewis & Associates, Former State Representative

12
Robert Miller
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Law Firm Partner, Former Houston METRO Chairman, Former State Senate Aide
13
Gib Lewis
Business Partners LTD, Former House Speaker,Ex-City Council Member
14

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

15
Galt Graydon
Graydon Group, Former Texas Senate Aide
16
Chris Shields
Christopher S. Shields P.C., Former Aide to Governor Bill Clements and Secretary of State Jack Rains
17
Stan Schlueter
The Schlueter Group, Former State Representative
18
Nora Del Bosque
Former State House Aide and Appropriations Committee Clerk, Sister is Speaker Tom Craddick's Chief of Staff Nancy Fisher
19
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
20
David Sibley
Former State Senator, Former Waco Mayor
21

Louis Bacarisse
Former Aide to Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and House Speaker Pete Laney

22
Gaylord Armstrong
McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, Former Aide to U.S. Rep. Bob Poague and U.S. Rep. Ray Roberts
23

James Mathis
Former John Sharp Campaign Manager

24
Mario Martinez
Mario Martinez & Associates, Former Aide to State Rep. Tom Uher
25

Kathy Hutto
Jackson Walker, Former Sunset Advisory Commission Staff

26

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

27

Jody Richardson
Brown McCarroll, Former Television Reporter, Longtime Akin Gump Member

28
Yuniedth Midence
Locke Lord, Former State Senate Aide
29
Dean & Andrea McWilliams
Former Legislative Aides to Democratic and Republican Members
30

Bill Pewitt
Bill Pewitt & Associates, Technology and Health Care

31

Keith Strama
Beatty Bangle Strama, Former Texas House Aide

32
Jack Erskine
K&L Gates, Former Corporate Lawyer for Amoco and Dupont, Oil Field Clean-up Fund Architect
33

Jay Propes
Graydon Group, Former Congressional Aide, Ex-Trade Association Executive

34
Sabrina Thomas Brown
Former Texas House aide and Appropriations Committee Clerk
35

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

36

Joe Garcia
Garcia Group, Former State Senate Aide

37
J.E. "Buster" Brown
Former State Senator, Former Senate Natural Resources Chair, Former Assistant District Attorney
38

Mignon McGarry
Former State Senate Aide

39
W. James Jonas III
Holland & Knight, St. Mary's Hall Board of Trustees
40

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

41

Carol McGarah
Blackridge, Former State Senate Aide

42

Jay Howard
HillCo Partners, Son of Former State Senator

43

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

44

Jaime Capelo
Former State Representative

45

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

46

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

47

Deborah Ingersoll
Legislative Solutions, Key Fundraiser for Campaigns

48

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

49

Jerry Valdez
Former Texas Department of Economic Development Official

50

Ray Allen
Former State Representative

50

Joey Bennett
Former Public Strategies Inc. Lobbyist

50

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

50

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

50

Robert Culley
Former Legislative Aide

50

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

50
Toby Goodman
Former State Representative, Former Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee Chairman, Ex-Republican Precinct Chair
50

Mark Harkrider
Former Aide to Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss

50

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

50

Wade Long
Former Texas Senate Aide

50

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

50

Kraege Polan
Former Legislative Aide

50

Chuck Rice
Chuck Rice Group, Ex-State Senate Aide, Former Texas Hospital Association Legislative Director

50
Jack Roberts
Former Deputy Comptroller
50
Dan Shelley
Former State Senator, Former State House, Ex-Legislative Director for Gov. Rick Perry
50

Patricia Shipton
Former Legislative Director for Gov. Rick Perry

50

Bill Siebert
Former State Representative

50

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

50

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

50

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

TOP POLITICAL
CONSULTANTS WHO LOBBY

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5
Todd Smith
IMPACT Texas, Former SREC Member, Ex-House Republican Caucus Executive Director, Consultant for Republican legislators and candidates
6

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

7

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

8

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

9

Lee Woods
Republican Consultant, Trial Lawyer Representative

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

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

13

Eric Bearse
Republican Consultant, Former Speechwriter and Deputy Communications Director for Governor Rick Perry

14

Robert Black
Republican Consultant, Former Press Secretary for Governor Rick Perry, Ex-Texas Republican Party Communications Director

15

Scott Gilmore
Republican Consultant, Former Texas House Aide

16

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

17

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

18

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

19

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

20

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

20

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

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

 

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Consultants Who Lobby
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Non-Profit Organizations

Dedicated to the Memory of Butch Sparks, Bill Stinson and Jim Warren

January 23, 2009

Professional Advocacy Association of Texas

Lobbyists with Strong Connections to Dems
Could See Stock Rise in New Bipartisan Age

With the election of Joe Straus as House speaker on the strength of his support from Democrats, Austin lobbyists Jody Richardson, Chris Hughes and Patrick Reinhart may feel like trendsetters as members of the legislative affairs team at the Brown McCarroll law firm where State Senator Kirk Watson and State Reps. Pete Gallego and Eddie Rodriguez have all gone to work.

In the dawn of a new era of bipartisan camaraderie in the west wing of the Capitol, the lobbyists who are associated more with Democrats than the GOP have ample cause to be brimming with glee about the prospects of their stock rising significantly during the regular session that's finally under way. It should come as no surprise that a host of public affairs consultants who are perceived to have strong ties to Democrats have made significant moves in a positive direction on Capitol Inside's Texas Lobby Power Rankings for 2009.

The fairly long list of lobbyists who seem to fit that description includes Steve Bresnen, Yuniedth Midence, Clint Hackney, James Mathis, Louis Bacarisse, Gaylord Armstrong and Curtis Fuelberg - all former aides or campaign managers for Democratic legislators, congressional members or statewide officeholders in Texas. And if that group has a reason to be a little giddy, the aforementioned Brown McCarroll lobbyist Reinhart might be feeling like he hit the daily double as a new member of a law firm that's loaded up with Democratic legislators and a former legislative aide to none other than the new Speaker of the Texas House as well.

With the speaker being a loyal San Antonio native who's family has been at the forefront of the pari-mutuel wagering business in Texas, the biggest stereotypical winner in the lobby in the wake of Straus' meteoric rise to the helm of the House would ostensibly be the lobbyist with Democratic credentials, gambling clients and Bexar County or the Alamo City as clients if they didn't grow up in that particular urban community or call it home now.

The Austin brother team of Gordon Johnson and Robert Johnson - the sons of a legendary parliamentarian who worked in the Texas House and the Senate when Democrats still ruled the land - hit on two of those three cylinders as two of the most prominent racetrack lobbyists in the state. So does Mario Martinez - a former aide to Democratic House member Tom Uher whose clients include the Johnsons' law firm and a leading manufacturer of video lottery gaming machines.

While Chris Shields has more of a Republican background as a former aide to Bill Clements and Jack Rains when they served as governor and secretary of state respectively, he also qualifies on two of those three key criteria as a San Antonio native who knows Straus well and as a lobbyist for clients who want to compliment horse and dog racing in Texas by bringing casinos to the state as well. Shields - a former Fulbright & Jaworski lawyer who's played a key role in the crafting of major economic development legislation in recent years - is an example of how some lobbyists with GOP credentials have been able to make big moves up the lobby power ladder as well in the Straus era.

While all of the aforementioned lobbyists may be getting more calls from prospective new clients than they would have experienced had the status quo survived in the lower chamber, the Mount Rushmore of the hired gun lobby list still looks the same despite the shakeup in the House and the addition of one more Democrat to the state Senate.

Texas Capitol Group co-leader Bill Messer, who's arguably been more closely associated with recently-deposed Republican Speaker Tom Craddick than any other lobby member in town, is still ranked among the top four contract lobbyists in the state as a former Democratic House member who's been one of the best in the advocacy business for the past two decades or more. While Messer and Craddick are close friends, the partisan line for all practical purposes hardly exists as far as the Belton native is concerned. Messer, in fact, was sighted on a bird hunting trip just last month with none other than former Democratic state Comptroller John Sharp, who's running for the U.S. Senate the next time an election for that post is held here.

Mike Toomey - a former state House Republican who's Messer's partner at the Texas Capitol Group - is generally perceived in a more partisan light than the other lobbyists who've been fixtures in the top spots on the power ranking's hired gun list for the past four years or more. Toomey - in fact - may be the epitome of the partisan lobbyist in an Austin lobby that's become increasingly party-driven in nature since the GOP took control of the House six years ago. Toomey was instrumental in that landmark achievement as a behind-the-scenes player before he signed on as Republican Governor Rick Perry's chief of staff for a two-year stint that ended when he returned to the lobby in late 2004. But Toomey, who represented the Houston area when he served in the House, has been playing his cards proactively since teaming up with Messer, contributing to Democrats as well as Republicans while their clients give generously to candidates on both sides of the partisan divide. While Toomey and Perry remain tight, he can expect to be in good shape with Straus as a lobbyist who's donated to him individually while the clients that he and Messer represent have contributed substantial sums to the new speaker as well. Toomey and Messer, who've both been rated as the lobby's number one hired gun at various times in the past several years, are listed third and fourth respectively on the new contract lobbyist ladder in early 2009. Despite Craddick's exit from the speaker's office and the Democrats new power status there, the case can be made that Toomey and Messer will continue to wield as much clout in the lobby as any of their peers in the business here, even though some lobbyists predict that Messer will take a hit to some degree with the changing of the guard in the Capitol's west wing.

The top-ranked hired gun lobbyist nonetheless this time around is the same former House Speaker Billy Clayton aide who crowned the list when the power rankings made their debut in 2003. That's Rusty Kelley, who left Public Strategies last year and teamed up with longtime associate Carol McGarah and several others at a new firm they founded called Blackridge. Kelley has arguably been the most popular lobby member in Austin for years and second to none when it comes to effectiveness. Neal T. "Buddy" Jones - a former House Democrat who co-founded HillCo Partners with Bill Miller - is a very close second on the contract lobbyist list in 2009 after being ranked first at times in years past and rarely much lower than that.

While the Big Four hasn't changed, the rest of the top ten on the hired gun list reflects some of the shuffling in the Capitol's west wing as Democrats tend to move up at the same time the jury is still out on how lobbyists who had close ties to Craddick will fare.

The Johnson brothers have made the biggest leap on the hired gun list - vaulting from the 13th position at the start of the 2007 session to spot number five on the new power rankings for contract lobbyists with multiple clients. While the Johnsons and others with ties to Democrats, Straus and gambling interests climb up the ladder, Nora Del Bosque is an example of a lobbyist whose status may be somewhat uncertain now that Craddick is no longer running the show in the House. Del Bosque is still ranked relatively high because she's very good at what she does. But Del Bosque had soared into the top ten on the contract lobbyist list when her sister, Nancy Fisher, was the chief of staff in the speaker's office. With the changing of the guard in the lower chamber, it might be safe to assume that she no longer will enjoy that kind of inherent presumed access.

The rankings rely on an unscientific formula that takes into account general criteria such as reputation, credentials, connections, respect, visibility, the quantity and quality of clients, contract values, work ethics, persuasive ability and likeability. The rankings are based on multiple information sources including the Texas Ethics Commission web site, the Internet in general and first and foremost from conversations with legislators and many key lobbyists themselves.

Some of the lobby's brightest young members like Sabrina Thomas Brown, Robert Howden, Lara Keel and Yuniedth Midence have graduated from the rising stars list in 2007. As a former chief of staff to State Senator John Whitmire, Midence has strong relationships on both sides of the aisle as a key member of Robert Miller's team at the law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell. She's one of a number of reasons why Locke Lord ranks first again on the list of major law firm lobby practices just as it has for the past three years as a group that's consistently been the most innovative and aggressive in this particular category. Locke Lord has been a key player on the campaign trail as well, having contributed to a long list of incumbent lawmakers and some candidates for open seats as well. Miller in particular was part of the campaign think tank that helped propel former Harris County jurist Joan Huffman to victory in a special state Senate election that was arguably the hottest legislative race in Texas last year.

The law firm list has a new look this time around in the wake of the dismantling of the Akin Gump team and the subsequent development of new Austin shops at Greenberg Traurig and the aforementioned Brown McCarroll. Greenberg Traurig has moved into the Texas lobby game with the addition of former Akin Gump lawyers Demetrius McDaniel and ex-insurance commissioner Tom Bond to its team here. McDaniel has been ranked in the top ten on the contract lobbyist list since the day it was born in early 2003. Brown McCarroll's new lobby team has moved into the number two position on the law firm lobby shop list in 2009 in light of its ties to Straus and the Democratic legislators who work at the Austin office now as well. The third spot in this particular department belongs to the team at McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, which is led by veteran Gaylord Armstrong and stronger than ever with Jennifer Patterson working on tax issues and newest member Royce Poinsett, who gives this group the dual dimension of bipartisan credentials as a former general counsel to Tom Craddick in the speaker's office and ex-member of Governor Rick Perry's staff as well.

Keel, who's married to State Auditor John Keel, is surrounded by stars as a charter member of the Texas Capitol Group whose roster includes highly-ranked hired gun lobbyists Walter Fisher, Billy Phenix and Joe Garcia in addition to Messer and Toomey along with communication consulting professionals like Ray Sullivan and Rossanna Salazar. Fisher - a former Texas Senate parliamentarian under Democrat Bob Bullock and the three Republicans who preceded him as lieutenant governor - is rated once again in the top 10 on the contract lobbyist list. Phenix, a former policy analyst on Bullock's staff and ex-state Senate aid, has been getting better every session and could be top 10 material before long as well.

The star-studded lineup at the Texas Capitol Group explains why this shop is tied for first in the lobby team category with HillCo Partners. While HillCo's member directory features a long list of prominent names in the Austin lobby as well, the firm that Jones and Miller lead co-crowns the lobby team list as a result of reasons that are truly unique to it. In a lobby that's become increasingly specialized, HillCo has prepared for that era as well if not better than any other full-time lobby shop with lobbyists on its roster who focus on individual issues such as Marsha Jones in the health care field and local government experts Brandon Aghamalian and Snapper Carr, who used to work for the city of Fort Worth and the Texas Municipal League respectively. While the Texas Capitol Group's clients may donate as much or more to candidates across the state on a cumulative basis, HillCo has maintained strong ties on both sides of the aisle with its own political action committee that has given generously to incumbents and some contenders for open seats as well.

While the lobbyists who rank high on the hired gun list tend to have substantial experience, longevity in the lobby and ties to Democrats aren't prerequisites for spots on the list of the rising stars of the lobby in early 2009. The rising stars list is crowned by two former Straus aides - Joe Valenzuela and Patrick Reinhart. It also features Gavin Massengale, a former aide to Republican State Rep. Charlie Geren, one of the 11 anti-Craddick Republicans who nominated Straus as their choice for speaker and can expect to wield substantial sway in the lower chamber as a result this year. Five ex-Republican state legislators - retired Senate member Kyle Janek and former representatives Dianne Delisi, Mike Krusee, Corbin Van Arsdale and Tony Goolsby - are ranked in the next four slots on the new rising stars list as lobby rookies who seem to be naturals in their new occupations.

While AT&T continues to crown the corporate lobby list as a result of the massive team that it hires to compliment its in-house lobbyists, the big news in this particular category is arguably the addition of Carl Richie to the lobby team at TXU Energy in the wake of the sale to private investors and division of operations into new groups such as Energy Future Holdings and Oncor.

The list of political consultants remains a mostly Republican club - thanks to an influx of campaign strategists into the lobby business after the GOP claimed control of the state House earlier this decade. But there are some new additions with a couple of Perry alumni - Robert Black and Eric Bearse - expecting to mix some lobbying with private communications ventures they've initiated. And veteran consultant Bryan Eppstein had vaulted from the third spot on the consultants who lobby list two years ago to the number one position this time around now that several of the Texas House Republicans who he advises were instrumental in the overthrow of Craddick and subsequent election of Straus as speaker.

With Democrats exerting more influence in the Texas House and Senate this year, the liberal think tank known as the Center for Public Policy Priorities has moved up a few notches on the list of non-profit organization lobby teams that features the shops for the United Ways of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, the American Heart Association and American Cancer Association in the top four spots. But the Democratic insurgence hasn't pushed Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams out of the number one spot on the list of people who lobby for causes. Adams, a veteran activist who was elected to the Republican National Committee last summer, commands the immediate attention of GOP lawmakers whenever her organization decides to turn up the grassroots pressure on conservative issues dear to its heart.

While the lobby teams for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Medical Association are a close second and third respectively on the private sector association list in 2009, the Texans for Lawsuit Reform remains at the top of this particular category after donating a record amount of money to candidates for the Legislature last year. The Texas Association of Business has strengthened its position on the private sector group after adding former Bush administration education adviser Sandy Kress to its lobby team along with ex-Texas House aide Kandace Sinai and Enrique Marquez, a former staff member at Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's campaign committee.

The local government lobbyists for the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties are ranked first and second respectively on the public sector association list even though the lobby teams for several education groups that are rated just below them could be stronger than they've been in years in the Straus era in light of his support from so many Democrats and moderate Republicans.

The power rankings in 2009 have an exciting new feature: less long-winded text. The lists say it all. The lobby rankings - to put it mildly - are a massive undertaking that will have inevitable mistakes and omissions. Please let us know if you see anything we should correct, add or delete from the list.

RISING LOBBY
STARS TO WATCH

1

Joe Valenzuela
Former Chief of Staff to Speaker Joe Straus, Ex-Mexican American Legislative Caucus Adviser

2

Patrick Reinhart
Brown McCarroll, Former Aide to Speaker Joe Straus

3

Kyle Janek
Former State Senator, Former State Representative

4

Dianne Delisi
Former State Representative, Delisi Communications

5

Pat Haggerty
Former State Representative

5

Fred Hill
Former State Representative

5

Mike Krusee
Former State Representative

5

Corbin Van Arsdale
Former State Representative

6

Tony Goolsby
Former State Representative

7

Will Yarnell
Democratic Consultant, Former Texas House Aide to Patrick Rose

8

Gavin Massengale
Former Texas House Aide to Charlie Geren

9

Nancy Fisher
Former Chief of Staff to Ex-Speaker Tom Craddick, Former Texas Racing Commission Executive Director

10

Ryan Poinsett
McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, Ex-Aide to Gov. Rick Perry and Speaker Tom Craddick

FORMER STATE AGENCY
HEADS WHO LOBBY

1

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

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

Al Erwin
Ex-PUC Commissioner, Ex-Advisor to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

4
Jim Hine
Former Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner
5
Mary Scott Nabers
Strategic Partnerships Inc., Ex-Texas Railroad Commissioner, Ex-Texas Employment Commission Member
6

Marta Greytok
Greytok Consulting Group, Ex-PUC Commissioner

7

Glenn Shankle
Ex-Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Executive Director

8
Barry Williamson
Ex-Texas Railroad Commissioner, Ex-Interior Department Official
9
Tom Bond
Akin Gump, Ex-Texas Insurance Commissioner, Ex-Legislative Aide
10
Dennis Thomas
Ex-PUC Commissioner, Ex-Executive Assistant for Governor Mark White
10
A,W. "Woody" Pogue
Ex-Texas Insurance Commissioner
TOP LOBBY
TEAMS
1
HillCo Partners
Neal T. "Buddy" Jones, Bill Miller, Brandon Aghamalian, David Anderson, Snapper Carr, Jay Howard, Marsha Jones, Vilma Luna, J. McCartt, Dan Pearson, Clint Smith, Tanya Vazquez
1
Texas Capitol Group
Bill Messer, Mike Toomey, Walter Fisher, Joe Garcia, Wayne Fleenor, Lara Keel, Billy Phenix, Rossanna Salazar, Ray Sullivan
3
Blackridge
Rusty Kelley, Carol McGarah, Michael Johnson, Sara Kemptner
4
Graydon Group
Galt Graydon, Jay Brown, Machree Gibson, Jay Propes, Shannon Swan
5
Santos Alliances
Frank Santos, Laura Matz, Gregg Knaupe, 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
11
Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Mary Scott Nabers, Gay Erwin, Lynn Nabers
12
Texas Stakeholders
Phil Cates, Anastasia K. Semos, David Romo

NON PROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS

1

United Ways of Texas
Karen R. Johnson, Melody Chatelle, Jason Sabo

2

Baylor College of Medicine
Tom Kleinworth

3

American Heart Association
Joel Romo, Douglas Dunsavage

4

American Cancer Society
Rodney Ahart, James Gray

5

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

6

Texas Public Policy Foundation
Talmadge Heflin, David Guenthner, Justin Keener, William Peacock, James Quintero, Brocke Terry

7

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association
Bill Allaway, Dale Craymer

8

Equity Center
Wayne Pierce, John Hubbard

9

Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas
Carol McDonald

TOP LAW FIRM
LOBBY PRACTICES

1
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Brian Cassidy, Bruce LaBoon, Amy Hunt, Yuniedth Midence, Robert Miller, Gardner Pate
2
Brown McCarroll
Chris Hughes, Patrick Reinhart, Jody Richardson
3
McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore
Gaylord Armstrong, Carl Galant, Campbell McGinnis, Jennifer Patterson, Royce Poinsett
4
Greenberg Traurig
Tom Bond, Pati McCandless, Demetrius McDaniel
5
Vinson & Elkins
Darrick Eugene, Bill Jones, Elizabeth Rogers, Glen Rosenbaum, Barron Wallace
6
K&L Gates
Jack Erskine, Victoria Ford, Myra Leo, Larry McGinnis, Marc Shivers
7
Jackson Walker
Geoff Connor, Kathy Hutto, Michael Nasi, Ed Small
8
Baker Botts
Tristan Castaneda, James Grace, Pamela Giblin
9
Gardere Wynne Sewell
Nanette Beaird, Dewey Brackin, A.W. (Woody) Pogue, Mark Vane, David Weber, Kimberly Yelkin
10
Winstead, Sechrist & Minick
Robert Bass, Gary Compton, Janis Carter, Pete Winstead
11
Hance, Scarborough, Wright, Ginsberg
Robert Floyd
12
Bracewell & Giuliani
Jim Chapman, Shannon Ratliff II, David Thompson
13
Tuggey Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather
Allen Beinke, Meredyth Fowler, Wallace Henderson, Jennifer Windscheffel
14
The Loeffler Group
Robert Finney, Lane Luskey
15
Kemp Smith
Thomas Forbes, Veronica Vargas Stidvent
16
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson
Joe B. Allen, Nancy Kwon, Trey Lary
17
Lloyd Gosselink Blevins Rochelle & Townsend
Brian Sledge, Ty Embrey
18
Potts & Reilly
Marc Levin, Susan Potts, Frank Reilly
19
Booth Ahrens Werkenthin
Michael Booth, Wil Galloway, Fred Werkenthin
20
Thompson & Knight
Victor Alcorta, Angela Christian
20
Bickerstaff Heath Pollan & Caroom
Claudia Russell, Patty Akers, Myra McDaniel, David Mendez

PUBLIC SECTOR
ASSOCIATONS

1

Texas Municipal League
Shanna Igo, Frank Sturzl, Monty Wynn

2

Texas Association of Counties
Carey Boethel

3

Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Jeri Stone, Ann Fickel, Lindsay Gustafson, Lonnie Hollingsworth Jr., Dohn Larson, Jan Pate, Holly Eaton Tabel, Paige Williams

4

Texas Association of School Boards
Jacqueline Lain, Catherine Clark, Ruben Longoria, Paul Sadler, Julie Shields

5

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

6

Texas State Teachers Association
Joe Patrick Bean, Portia Bosse, John Grey, Rita Haecker, Paul Henley, Jason Hillman, Richard Kouri

7

Texas Federation of Teachers
Eric Hartman, Ted Melina Raab, Patricia Quinzi, Jennifer Rodriguez

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 District and County Attorneys Association
Shannon Edmonds


CORPORATE
IN-HOUSE

1

AT&T
Jeff Blaylock, Shane Cordova, Leslie Ward

2

TXU Energy
Carl Richie

3

Verizon
Charles Carrathers, Carl Erhart, James Hines, Helen Soto Knaggs, Richard Lawson

4
CenterPoint Energy
Jeff Bonham, June Deadrick, Rina Hartline, John Urrabazo
5

Ryan & Company
Karey Barton, Susan Bittick, James Eads, Bruce Gibson

6

Oncor
Mindy Carr, Walt Jordan, Raul Liendo

7

Reliant Energy
Elizabeth Brock, Michael Jewell, Eric Woomer

8

American Electric Power
Jack Ballard, James Dodson, Gary Gibbs, Gilbert Hughes, Judith Talavera

9

Energy Future Holdings
Andrew Keever, Curt Seidlits

10

Zachry Group
Victoria Waddy

11

Farmers Insurance
Frank Galitski

12

Entergy/Gulf States
Parker McCullough

13

Hewlett Packard
Fred Shannon

14

Exxon Mobil
Sara K. Tays

15

Landry's Restaurants
Stephen Greenberg

16
Marathon Oil
Hugo Gutierrez
17

Gulf States Toyota
Ken Roche

18
Koch Industries
Bill Oswald
19

Texas Instruments
Elizabeth Mayes

20
Continental Airlines
Nene Foxhall, Michelle Baden
21
Chevron
Stephen Perry
22
Exelon Power Texas
Bill Scott
23
Amerigroup Corporation
Meredith Delk
24
Lyondell
Cindy McCauley
25
Huntsman Corporation
Mike Meroney
26
Lenders & Members Group
Tom Duffy
27
ConocoPhillips
Thomas Sellers
28

Union Pacific Railroad
Joe Adams

29

Merck
Holly Jacques

30

Lennox International
Lisa Mayes

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, Nick Kralj, James Pecora, Carol Taylor, Zoe Taylor, Russ Tidwell

3

Doctors
Texas Medical Association
Dan Finch, Greg Herzog, Patricia Kolodzey,
David Reynolds,
Michelle Romero, Darren Whitehurst

4

Real Estate
Texas Association of Realtors
Daniel Gonzalez, Mark Lehman

5

General Business
Texas Association of Business
Bill Hammond, Cathy Dewitt, Sandy Kress, Enrique Marquez, Steve Minick
, Kandace Sinai

6

Telecommunications
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Todd Baxter, Jeff Burdett

7

Utilities
Association of Electric Companies
John Fainter, Walt Baum

8

Alcohol
Wholesale Beer
Distributors of Texas

Mike McKinney, Tom Spillman

Beer Alliance of Texas
Rick Donley

Licensed Beverage Distributors
Alan Gray

Texas Package Stores Association
Fred Marosko

9

Energy
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Rob Looney, Ben Sebree

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

Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
William Stevens, Gloria Leal, Alex Mills

10

Highway Contractors
Associated General Contractors of Texas
Thomas Johnson

11

Property Management
Texas Apartment Association
George Allen, David Mintz

12

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

13

Business
Texas Civil Justice League
Carter Casteel, George Christian, Cary Roberts, Carol Sims

14

Dental
Texas Dental Association
Susan Ross

15

Transportation
Texas Automobile Dealers Association
Tom Blanton

16

Health Facilities
Texas Hospital Association

Charles Bailey, John Hawkins, Dan Stultz

17

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

18

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

19

Health Care
Private Providers Association of Texas
Carole Smith

20

Manufacturing
Texas Association of Manufacturers
Luke Bellsnyder

21

Electronics
American Electronics Association
Jeff Clark

22

Chemical
Texas Chemical Council
Hector Rivero

23

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

24

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

25

Builders
Texas Association of Builders
Ned Munoz, Scott Norman

26

Construction
Texas Construction Association
Alan Burrows, William Freeman, Raymond Risk

27

Television and Radio
Texas Association of Broadcasters
Ann Arnold

28

Transportation
Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association
Lawrence Olsen

29

Trucking
Texas Motor Transportation Association
Les Findeisen, John Esparza

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