Authors

Anita G. Hufft Ph.D., RN, Texas Woman's University

Anita G. Hufft Ph.D., RN is the Dean and Professor of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University.

Anne Bavier, Jose Adames and Steve Love, The University of Texas Arlington

Anne Bavier is the Dean of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Jose Adames is the President of El Centro College and Steve Love is the President of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council.

Anne Wheeler, LBJ Foundation

Anne Wheeler is the Communications Director of the LBJ Presidential Library.

Bill Rolley, Texas Capital Bank

Bill Rolley is a Senior Relationship Manager at Texas Capital Bank. Contact Bill at 214.932.6655 or [email protected]


Eddie Lucio III, Texas State Alliance of YMCAs

Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, is a Texas state representative from House District 38. He is chairman of the House Committee on Rules & Resolutions.

Heather Snow and Scott D. Ryan, University of Texas Arlington

Heather Snow is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Scott D. Ryan is the Dean School of Social Work at University of Texas Arlington.

Jeff Ramazani and Allison Hirth, Texas Tech University

Jeff Ramazani and Allison Hirth, Texas Tech University

John Burruss, Metrocare Services

John Burruss, MD is the Chief Executive Officer at Metrocare Services in Dallas, TX.


Judge John Specia Jr., Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

He serves as a Senior Fellow with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Judge Specia was the former Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2012, and he served as Judge for the 225th District Court from 1988 to 2006.

Justice (Ret.) Harriet O’Neill, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Board Member

Harriet O’Neill was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 1998 and re-elected to a second term in 2004. She retired from the Supreme Court on June 20, 2010, and founded the Law Office of Harriet O’Neill, A Professional Corporation, in Austin, Texas. She serves on the board of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Kevin Jackson, Baylor University

Kevin Jackson is Baylor University's Vice President for Student Life.

Lucy Nashed, Communications Director, Texans for Lawsuit Reform

Lucy Nashed has spent nearly a decade in Texas government and politics, working extensively on some of the most critical issues facing the Lone Star State, and seeing firsthand the benefits of a fair legal system on families and job creators.


Lynda Lopez, Texas State Technical College

Lynda Lopez, Executive Director-Communication of TSTC. Since 1965, Texas State Technical College has graduated more than 100,000 skilled technicians to help build a stronger Texas workforce. Our grads are Texas.

Mack Rhoades, Baylor University

Mack Rhoades was named Baylor's Vice President and Director of Athletics in July 2016.

Marysol Imler, RN, Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers

Marysol Imler, RN, is Vice President of Five Star ER and serves on the board of the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Texas Motion Picture Alliance

The Texas Motion Picture Alliance is a statewide non-profit industry advocacy organization for film, TV, commercial, online media, and video game creators. We have led the charge for increased and improved production rebate incentives legislation to grow the creative industries in Texas and keep us competitive with other states. TXMPA is proud to educate the general public on the history of the media industry in Texas and support a strong community of industry professionals.

Greg Abbott

Governor of Texas

Michael V. Abcarian

Managing partner, Dallas office of Fisher & Phillips


Cathie Adams

President of the Texas Eagle Forum

Michael Adams

Interim Dean, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

Steve Adler

Mayor of Austin

David Alameel

2014 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate


Bethany Albertson

Assistant professor of government at UT-Austin

Andres Alcantar

Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission

Tom Aldred

Director of research and policy, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute


Julian Alvarez

President of Rio Grande Valley Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Emily Amanatullah

Assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin

Rafael Anchia

State representative, D-Dallas

April Ancira, Texas Automobile Dealers Association

April Ancira is Vice President of Ancira Auto Group and the Legislative Chair of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association.


Carl Anderson

Energy industry employee

Rodney Anderson

State representative, HD-105

Jean Andrews

Professor emeritus

Susie Angel

Editor and researcher, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities


Keith K. Annis

Executive director of the Texas chapter of the Population Media Center

David Anthony

CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas

Howard "Scot" Arey

Chair, Texas Solar Energy Society

Jodey Arrington

Republican congressional candidate


Patricia Arvanitis

Executive director, Leadership ISD

Manuel Avila Jr.

President, Escareño Construction

Jimmie Don Aycock

State representative, R-Killeen

Ken Baake

Associate professor at Texas Tech University


Ann Baddour

Project director, Texas Appleseed

Geoff Bailey

Former state House candidate

Brent Baker

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Weatherford College

M. Katherine Banks

Vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M University


Tom Banning

CEO of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians

Michael Barba

Policy analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Katherine Barillas

Director of child welfare policy, One Voice Texas

Ann Barnes

Chief medical officer, Legacy Community Health


Mike Baselice

President and CEO of Baselice & Associates

Phineas Baxandall

Senior policy analyst at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Chase Bearden

Director of advocacy, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities


Chase Bearden, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

Chase Bearden is the director of advocacy for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

Brandon Beck

Appellate attorney

Glenn Beck

TV and radio host

Ann Beeson

Executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities


Jill Bellinger

Research associate, Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health

Karen Bell

British Consul General, Houston


Thomas Berry

Stanford Law School student

Paul Bettencourt

State senator, R-Houston

Anya Bidwell

Austin lawyer

Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird is a Texas writer.


Brian Birdwell

State senator, R-Granbury

David Blackmon

Business consultant

César Blanco

State Representative, District 76

Joshua Blank

Manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project


Michael Bloom

Manager of the Sustainability Practice for R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc.

C. Barton Bollfrass

CEO of Fathom Academy

Rod Bordelon

Commissioner of workers' compensation

Dennis Borel

Executive director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities


Glen D. Bottoms

Executive director of the American Conservative Center for Public Transportation

Vanessa Bouché

Assistant professor of political science, Texas Christian University

Jim Bradbury

Environmental lawyer

Dan Branch

State representative, R-Dallas


Ike Brannon

Senior fellow, the Cato Institute

Patrick Bresette

Executive director, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.

Adam Briggle

Vice president of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group

Dustin Brighton

VP, state government affairs, Internet Association


Loretta Brock

Houston parent

David R. Brockman

Adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University

Chris B. Brown

Houston City Controller

Jenn Brown

Executive director of Battleground Texas


Kevin Buckler

Assoc. professor, University of Houston

Robert Bullard

Dean of Texas Southern University's School of Public Affairs

Dustin R. Burrows

State representative, R-Lubbock

Konni Burton

State senator, R-Colleyville


Christopher Busby

Public relations director for Log Cabin Republicans of Houston

Heather Busby

Executive director, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

George P. Bush

Texas Land Commissioner


Darlene Byrne

President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Juan Cabrera

Superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District

Katy Caldwell

CEO, Legacy Community Health

Jacquelyn F. Callanen

Bexar County elections administrator


Donna Campbell

State senator, R-New Braunfels

Nancy Cardenas

Associate director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health


Dave Carney

Republican political consultant

Aaron N. Carpenter

Houston attorney, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Stefani Carter

State representative, R-Dallas

Stephanie Carter

Organizer, Texas PIRG


Danette Castle

CEO, Texas Council of Community Centers

Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio

Lily Casura

Journalist; founder of Healing Combat Trauma

Bob Cavnar

Energy entrepreneur


Stephanie Cawthon

Associate professor, UT-Austin

Maurice Chammah

Staff writer, The Marshall Project

Jay Chaudhuri

State senator, North Carolina

Lee Cheng

Chief Legal Officer, Newegg.com


Megan Chery

Manager of development and special projects, Alliance for Water Efficiency

Nimra Chowdhry

Reproductive justice fellow, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Wayne Christian

Former state representative, R-Center

Cari Christman

Executive director of Red State Women


Francisco Cigarroa

Outgoing chancellor of the University of Texas System

Henry Cisneros

Former San Antonio mayor; Risky Business committee member

Jennifer L. Clark

Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice

M. Diane Clark

Professor, Lamar University


Meredith Clark

Assistant Professor, Mayborn School of Journalism

T.J. Clark

CEO, TurnKey Vacation Rentals

Molly Clayton

Executive director of the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time

Neva Cochran

Registered dietitian


Derek Cohen

Policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Paul Colbert

Former legislator

Mike Collier

Finance Co-Chair, Texas Democratic Party

Nicole Collier

State representative, D-Fort Worth


Lawrence Collins

Lobbyist and former legislative staffer

John Colyandro

Executive director, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Susan Combs

Former Texas comptroller

Kamyon Conner

Intake director, Texas Equal Access Fund


Melissa Conway

Director of external relations at Texas Right to Life

Emily Kebodeaux Cook

Political director, Texas Right to Life

Harold Cook

Public affairs consultant

Matthew Cooper

Strategic engagement manager, Academic Analytics


Sharon Cooper

Sister of Sandra Bland

John Cornyn

U.S. senator, R-Texas

Tricia Cortez

Executive director of the Rio Grande International Study Center

Stephen Costello

Houston city councilman


Andrew Costigan

Student, University of Texas at Austin

Catherine Cousar

Graduate student, UT-Austin

Tom Craddick

State representative, R-Midland

Gregory Craig

CEO, Griddy


Brandon Creighton

State senator, R-Conroe

Ted Cruz

U.S. senator, R-Texas

Catherine Cubbin

Associate professor, UT-Austin

Henry Cuellar

U.S. representative, D-Laredo


Claude Cummings Jr.

Vice president, Region 6, CWA

Heather Cummings

Houston resident

John Curtiss

Former Longhorn baseball player

Randy Daniels

Vice president, Buckner Children & Family Services


Drew Darby

State Representative, House District 72

Jim Darling

Mayor of McAllen

Dr. Gwen Daverth

CEO, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

John Davidson

Senior health care policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation


Denise Davis

Partner at Davis Kaufman PLLC; former chief of staff to House Speaker Joe Straus

Jeff Davis

Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of Texas

Sarah Davis

State representative, R-West University Place

Wendy Davis

Founder, Deeds Not Words


Roni Dean-Burren

Doctoral student, University of Houston

Dick DeGuerin

Criminal defense lawyer

Michele Deitch

Senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin

Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives


Cleopatra De Leon

Plaintiff in Texas gay marriage case

Deirdre Delisi

Former Texas Transportation Commission chairwoman

Ted Delisi

Republican political consultant

Jace Deloney

Vice chairman of the Austin Urban Transportation Commission


Bo Delp

Former spokesman for Wendy Davis

Eva DeLuna Castro

Program director, Center for Public Policy Priorities

David DeMatthews

Assistant professor, the University of Texas at El Paso

Chuck DeVore

Vice president of policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation


David Dewhurst

Former lieutenant governor of Texas

A. Mechele Dickerson

Law professor at the University of Texas at Austin

Mary Ann Dickinson

President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

Nicole Dimetman

Plaintiff in Texas gay marriage case


Erik Dolliver

Campaign Organizer for TexPIRG

Dorit Donoviel

Deputy chief scientist at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute

Elizabeth Doyel

Executive director, Texas League of Conservation Voters

C. Andrew Doyle

Episcopal bishop of Texas


Anna C. Dragsbaek

President and CEO of The Immunization Partnership

Carlos Duarte

State director, Mi Familia Vota

Ryan Duffy

Dallas native


Anne Dunkelberg

Associate director, Center for Public Policy Priorities

David Dunn

Executive director, Texas Charter Schools Association

Trang-Thu Duong

Houston resident

Dena Dupuie

Advocate, Stay-at-Home Mom


Robert Eckels

President of Texas Central Railway

Bruce Elfant

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar

Molly Ellis

Ph.D. candidate, Southern Methodist University

Rodney Ellis

State senator, D-Houston


Sarah Kate Ellis

President and CEO, GLAAD

Lauren Embrey

CEO, The Embrey Family Foundation

Wade Emmert

Research fellow, Institute for Policy Innovation

Gordon England

Board member, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas


Lisa Epstein

Volunteer, Moms Demand Action

William Estes

Medical student

Nick Etten

Business executive and health care advocate


Richard Evans

President of Texas Lobby Solutions

Bisola Falola

Researcher, UT Austin

Caroline Faria

Geographer, UT Austin


Adrian Farrell

Consul general of Ireland in Texas

Jon Feere

Legal policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies

Mike Feinberg

Co-founder of KIPP

Andrea Ferrigno

Corporate vice president, Whole Woman’s Health


Hugh Fitzsimons

Rancher; former Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner

Beaman Floyd

Executive Director, Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

Faith E. Foreman

Assistant director, Houston Health Department


Alex Formuzis

Vice President of Strategic Campaigns, EWG Action Fund

Catherine Glenn Foster

Associate scholar, Charlotte Lozier Institute

Samantha Fox

Senior business intelligence developer, Ponderosa Advisors

James Frank

State representative, R-Wichita Falls


Ray Freeman

Deputy executive director, Equity Center

Kinky Friedman

Former Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner

Bill Frist

Surgeon, former U.S. Senator, Teladoc board member

Martin Frost

Former U.S. representative, D-Dallas


Sadie Funk

Executive director, First3Years

Royal Furgeson

Founding dean, UNT Dallas College of Law

Gay Gaddis

CEO of T3

Dean Galaro

Law student, Southern Methodist University


Hector Joshua Galindo

High school teacher

Pete Gallego

Former U.S. representative

Javier Gamboa

Communications Manager, Texas Democratic Party

Emmanuel Garcia

Communications director for the Texas Democratic Party


Grace Ann Garcia

Executive director of Annie's List, 2013-14

Jorge Garcia

Restaurant owner

Samuel Garcia

Student, Harvard Law

Arthur Garson Jr.

Director, Health Policy Institute, Texas Medical Center


Antonio Garza

President, Texas Exes

Julie Gavran

Southwestern director, Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus

Christine Gendron

Executive director, Texas Network of Youth Services

Jim George

Partner at George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP


Charlie Geren

State representative, R-Fort Worth

Helen Giddings

State representative

Denise Gilman

Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law

Vance Ginn

Economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation


Tracy Ginsburg

Executive director, Texas Association of School Business Officials

Tom Giovanetti

President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Rick Gipprich Jr.

Campus sexual assault specialist, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Brett P. Giroir

CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center


Donald Gladish, IDEA Public Schools

Donald Gladish is the Director of Recruitment and Leader Staffing of IDEA Public Schools

Kathie Glass

Libertarian candidate for governor

Tom Glass

Founder, Texas Constitutional Enforcement group

Stephen M. Glazier

Chief operating officer, University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center


Greg Glod

Policy analyst, Right on Crime

Craig Goldman

State representative, R-Fort Worth

David Gonzales

CEO of the Texas Association of Health Plans


Daniel Gonzalez

Director of legislative affairs, Texas Association of Realtors

Mike Gonzalez

Senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Lino Graglia

Constitutional law professor, UT-Austin

David Grantham

Senior fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis


Jim Greer, Oncor

Jim Greer is the Chief Operating Officer of Oncor.

Brennan Griffin

Development director at Texas Appleseed

Susan Griffin

Executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies


CJ Grisham

President of Open Carry Texas

Karen Gross

Criminal defense attorney

R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

State representative, D-Mission

Daniel Guerrero

Mayor of San Marcos


Yvonne Gutierrez

Executive director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

Amy Hagstrom Miller

Founder of Whole Woman's Health

Gary Hale

Former Drug Enforcement Administration Houston Field Division intelligence chief

Jacob Hale

Austin resident


Bob Hall

State senator, R-Edgewood

Wallace Hall Jr.

University of Texas System regent

Beverly Hamilton

Founder and executive director, Austin Diaper Bank


Billy Hamilton

Former chief revenue estimator for Texas

Hayden Hamilton

Clean water advocate, Environment Texas

Mary Hamilton

Founding dean, College of Nursing, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Bill Hammond

Executive director, Texans for Free Enterprise


Greg Hansch

Public Policy Director, NAMI Texas

Robert Hardaway

Law professor at the University of Denver

Amy Hardberger

Assistant law professor at St. Mary's University

Ashley Harris

Child welfare policy associate at Texans Care for Children


J.J. Harris

Houston artist and writer

Michael S. Harris

Associate professor, Southern Methodist University

Patrice A. Harris

Chair, American Medical Association Board of Trustees

Vincent Harris

CEO, Harris Media


Kathleen Hartnett White

Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment

Andy Hathcock

Associate Judge, Travis County

Michael Haugen

Staff writer, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Ernest Hawk

VP, UT MD Anderson Cancer


Chelsea Hawkins

Program planner, Alliance for Water Efficiency

Katharine Hayhoe

Climate scientist

Scott Haywood

President of Move Texas Forward

Jared Heath

Representative, Emergis ER


Talmadge Heflin

Director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Glenn Hegar

Comptroller of Texas

Kevin Helgren

Former student body president, UT-Austin

John Henneberger

Co-director of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service


Robert Henneke

Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Jeb Hensarling

U.S. Representative, Dallas

Jim Henson

Texas Tribune pollster and director of the Texas Politics Project

Ana Hernandez

State representative, D-Houston


Myron Hess

Water programs manager, National Wildlife Federation

David G. Hinojosa

National director of policy, Intercultural Development Research Association

Gina Hinojosa

State representative, HD-49

Bill Hobby

Former lieutenant governor of Texas


Paul Hobby

Chairman, Texas Ethics Commission

Jon Hockenyos

President of TXP

Jim Hogan

Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner

Dr. Robert Hogue

Chairman, Texas Drug Utilization Review Board


Jesper Høiland

President, Novo Nordisk Inc. USA

James C. Ho

Former Texas solicitor general

Lisa Holbrook

President, Texas PTA

John Holden

Irish journalist


Mark Holtzapple

professor of chemical engineering, Texas A&M University

Russ Horton

Partner, George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP

Noah M. Horwitz

Public relations consultant for Yellow Cab

Dr. Peter J. Hotez

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine


Joshua Houston

General counsel for Texas Impact

Donna Howard

State representative, D-Austin

Robert Howden

Chairman, Texans for Economic Progress

Taeya Howell

Research scholar at New York University


Nicole Hudgens

Policy analyst, Texas Values

Don Huffines

State senator

Laura Huffman

Texas director, The Nature Conservancy

Bryan Hughes

State representative, R-Mineola


Karen Hughes

Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Former U.S. Senator

Vincent Iannelli

Dallas-area pediatrician

Satsuki Ina

Child and family therapist


Ed Ireland

Executive director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council

Jason Isaac

State representative

Dan Isett

Director of Communications, Right on Crime

Bob Jackson

Director, AARP Texas


Misty Jackson-Miller

Library advocate

Rob Jackson

Professor of earth sciences at Stanford University

Ken Janda

CEO of Community Health Choice

Namieta Janssen

Rheumatologist


Eric Johnson

State representative, D-Dallas

Luci Baines Johnson

Daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Communications Fellow, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Caroline Joiner

Executive director for Texas and the Southeast, TechNet


Bryan Jones

Tech entrepreneur

David Jones

President, Clean Elections Texas

Mark P. Jones

Fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute

Nathan Jones

Drug policy and Mexico studies scholar at Rice University's Baker Institute


Jeff Judson

State Republican Executive Committee member

Sachin Kamble

Public health advocate

Vistasp Karbhari, University of Texas at Arlington

Vistasp Karbhari is the President of the University of Texas at Arlington


Vistasp Karbhari, University of Texas at Arlington

Vistasp Karbhari is president of The University of Texas at Arlington

Negar Katirai

Law professor, University of Arizona

Jim Keffer

State representative, R-Eastland

Patrick Kennedy

Urban designer


Laila Khalili

Board member, Lilith Fund

Knox Kimberly

Vice president of government relations at Upbring

Austin King

President of the Texas Medical Association


Nan Little Kirkpatrick

Executive director, Texas Equal Access Fund

Lee Kleinman

Dallas City Councilman

Stephen L. Klineberg

Founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Steven Knapp

Mobility activist


David Knight

Assistant Research Professor, University of Texas at El Paso

Joseph Kopser

Army veteran, tech entrepreneur

Theresa Kosmoski

President, Texas Federation of Republican Women


Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration lawyer

Matt Krause

State representative, R-Fort Worth

Joe Krier

San Antonio City Councilman

Max Krochmal

Assistant professor of history, Texas Christian University; author of "Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era"


Matt Ladner

Senior research fellow, Charles Koch Institute

David Lakey

Associate vice chancellor for population health, UT System

Joseph Larsen

Board member, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas


Lyle Larson

State representative, R-San Antonio

Jodie Laubenberg

State representative, R-Parker

David Laude

Senior vice provost at the University of Texas at Austin

Dick Lavine

Senior fiscal analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities


Erin Lawler

Associate director of the Texas Council of Community Centers

Jody Lay

Police chief, Terrell

Jeff Leach

State representative, R-Plano

Binh-Minh "Jade" Le

Assistant professor of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Peter LeCody

President of Texas Rail Advocates

Sharlene Leurig

Water program director at Ceres

Marc Levin

Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Effective Justice

Sanford Levinson

Law professor and author of "An Argument Open to All: Reading the Federalist in the 21st Century"


Michael Li

Redistricting Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

Immigration lawyer

Stephen Linder

Director, Institute for Health Policy, UTHealth School of Public Health

William S. Lind

Director of the American Conservative Center for Public Transportation


George Linial, LeadingAge Texas

George Linial is the President & CEO of LeadingAge Texas. LeadingAge Texas is an association representing the full continuum of mission-driven, not-for-profit aging services providers in Texas.

Julie Linn

President of Texans for Education Reform

Margaret Lloyd

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Scenic Texas and Scenic America


Brandon J. Logan

Director, Center for Families and Children, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Lydia Longoria

Economics student, Texas Christian University

Charles Luke

Associate Director, Pastors for Texas Children

Rose Luna

Director of communications, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault


Brooke Lyssy

Community organizer, ARISE

Matt Mackowiak

Vice chairman of the Travis County Republican Party

Jerry Madden

Former state representative, R-Richardson

Tori Mannes

President and CEO, ChildCareGroup


Fatima Mann

Co-founder, Austin Justice Coalition and Counter Balance: Atx

Michael Marder

Physics professor at UT-Austin

Andrea Marquez

Junior, Loretto Academy High School

Jim Marston

Director of the Texas office of the Environmental Defense Fund


Amanda Martin

Government affairs, Texas Association of Business

Trey Martinez Fischer

State Representative

Mike Martinez

Former Austin city councilman

Octavio N. Martinez Jr., MD, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Octavio N. Martinez Jr., MD, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health


Weston Martinez

Texas Real Estate Commissioner

Erin Martinson

Managing attorney, Texas Legal Services Center

William Martin

Professor, Rice University

Mimi Marziani

Executive director, Texas Civil Rights Project


David Matiella

Lecturer, University of Texas at San Antonio

Kirstin R.W. Matthews

Baker Institute fellow

Brian McCall

Chancellor of the Texas State University System


Madeline McClure

CEO, TexProtects

Adam McCormick

Assistant professor of social work, St. Edward's University

F. Scott McCown

Director of the Children's Rights Clinic at UT Law

Dr. Dan McCoy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Dr. Dan McCoy is the President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas


Susan McDowell

Executive director, LifeWorks

William McKenzie

Editorial director, George W. Bush Institute

Larry McKinney

Executive director, Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi


Richard McLaughlin

Chair for coastal and marine policy and law, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Kimberly McLeod

Professor at Texas Southern University

William McRaven

Chancellor of the University of Texas System

Tom Mechler

Chairman, Republican Party of Texas


Tom Melsheimer

Managing partner, Dallas, Winston & Strawn

Paige Menking

Student, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin

Shane Menking

President and CFO, Data Foundry

Meg Merritt

Urban rail proponent


Tommy Merritt

Former state representative, R-Longview

Charles Miller

Former chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents

Daniel Miller

President, Texas Nationalist Movement

Mark Miller

Libertarian candidate for railroad commissioner


Sid Miller

Texas agriculture commissioner

Mark David Milliron

Co-founder of Civitas Learning

Jennifer Minjarez

Research associate, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Juan Miró

Distinguished professor, UT-Austin


Walter Mischer Jr.

Co-chair, Texas Transportation Alliance

Bob Mitchell

President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

Charles Moody

Former teacher

Joe Moody

State representative, HD-78


Lisa L. Moore

UT-Austin professor

Huma Munir

ESL teacher

Artemio Muniz

Chairman of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans

David Muto

Editor of TribTalk


Elliott Naishtat

State representative, D-Austin

Catherine Nance

Member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Josiah Neeley

Texas state director, R Street Institute

David Nelson

Former tax partner, Ernst & Young


Jane Nelson

State senator, R-Flower Mound

Sarah Nesbitt

Senior, Washington University

Josh Newby

Founder and executive director, Theresa Harpole Foundation for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Robert Nichols

State senator, R-Jacksonville


John Nielsen-Gammon

Texas state climatologist

Regina Nippert

Director of the Budd Center at Southern Methodist University

Kevin Nix

Senior director of public affairs and communications, Legacy Community Health

Joe Nixon

Legal counsel for Empower Texans


Stephanie Noll

Writer, lecturer, Texas State University

Ali Noorani

Executive director of the National Immigration Forum

Shanna Nugent

Granddaughter of murder victim

Victor O. Obaseki

Policy coordinator, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, UT-Austin


Antonia Okafor

Southwest Regional Director, Students for Concealed Carry

Efrén C. Olivares

Program director, Texas Civil Rights Project

Katie Renner Olse

Executive director, Texas Alliance of Child & Family Services

Caomhán N. Ó Raghallaigh

Former Texas Capitol staffer


Beto O'Rourke

U.S. representative, D-El Paso

Lina Ortega

Candidate for Texas House District 77

Cynthia Osborne

Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership at the UT LBJ School

John Otto

State representative, R-Dayton; Appropriations Committee chairman


Volma Overton Jr.

Member, Save Muny

Mark Owens

Assistant professor, UT-Tyler

Kendall Pace

President, Austin ISD Board of Trustees

Abraham Padron

Principal at SafeGuard Insurance Agency


Herminia Palacio

Director of Advancing Change Leadership at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sarah Palin

Former governor of Alaska

Arif Panju

Managing attorney, Institute for Justice

Raymund Paredes

Texas higher education commissioner


Annise Parker

Mayor of Houston

Richard Parker

Author and journalist

Ben Parry

Army veteran; member of the Truman National Security Project

Pastors for Texas Children

Non-profit organization


Dan Patrick

Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Jerry Patterson

Former land commissioner of Texas

Tom Pauken

Former Texas Workforce Commission Chairman

Ken Paxton

State senator, R-McKinney; candidate for attorney general


Tony Payan

Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute

Bill Peacock

Vice president of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Myrna Pérez

Deputy director at the Brennan Center for Justice

Tom Perez

Former U.S. secretary of labor


Ray Perryman

President of the Perryman Group

Rick Perry

Governor of Texas

Randy Petersen

Senior researcher, Right on Crime


Elizabeth Petruy

Student, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Tom Pettit

Senior managing director, Accenture

Rebecca Pfeffer

Assistant professor, University of Houston - Downtown

Gregory Phillips

Primary care physician


Robert C. Pianta

Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

T. Boone Pickens

Chairman and CEO, BP Capital

Wayne Pierce

Executive director, Equity Center

Katrina Pierson

Media consultant; former 2014 congressional candidate


David Piperno

CFO, Fasten

Katie Plemmons

Former high school teacher

Ted Poe

U.S. representative, R-Humble

Joe Pojman

Executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life


Randall Popelka

Vice president of government and industry affairs, Herbalife

David Porter

Texas railroad commissioner

Betsy Price

Mayor of Fort Worth

Robert Puente

President and CEO of the San Antonio Water System


James Quintero

Director of the Center for Local Governance, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Elliott Raia

Research associate, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Josué Ramirez

Co-director, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Raúl A. Ramos

Associate professor, University of Houston


Emily Ramshaw

Editor of The Texas Tribune

John Ratcliffe

U.S. representative, R-Texas

Bennett Ratliff

State representative, R-Coppell

Thomas Ratliff

Outgoing State Board of Education vice chair


Don Read

President, Texas Medical Association

Don R. Read, MD, Texas Medical Association

Don R. Read, MD is the President of Texas Medical Association

Janet Realini

Chair, Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition

Cyrus Reed

Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club


Jan Reid

Journalist and novelist

Jorge Renaud

Organizer, Texas Advocates for Justice

Sister Bernadine Reyes

Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas

Heather Reynolds

President/CEO, Catholic Charities Fort Worth


Richard Rhodes

President/CEO, Austin Community College

Cecile Richards

President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Jon Riches

General counsel, Goldwater Institute

Matt Rinaldi

State representative, R-Irving


Edward Rincón

Research psychologist

Robin Conley Riner

Associate professor, Marshall University

Aaron Rippenkroeger

President and CEO, Refugee Services of Texas

Kevin Roberts

State representative, HD-126


Kevin D. Roberts

EVP, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Angela Robinson

Acting chancellor, Tarrant County College District

Carroll Robinson

Attorney; Professor, Texas Southern University

David Robinson

Former NBA player; IDEA Public Schools regional board member


María Robledo Montecel

CEO of the Intercultural Development Research Association

Andy Roddick

Former professional tennis player

Ana Rodriguez

Hotline Committee Chair, the Lilith Fund

Eddie Rodriguez

State representative, D-Austin


George Rodriguez

South Texas coordinator for Tea Party Patriots

José Rodríguez

State senator, D-El Paso

Aaron P. Roffwarg

Houston attorney, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Kesha Rogers

Former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate


Brooke Rollins

President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Christy Rome

Executive director of the Texas School Coalition

Matthew Rooney

Director for economic growth, George W. Bush INstitute

Jay Root

Texas Tribune reporter


Sindi Rosales

CEO, the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas

Toni Rose

State representative, District 110

Brandon Rottinghaus

University of Houston political scientist

Jennifer Rubin

Washington Post columnist


Michelle Rubin

Graduate student, Baylor College of Medicine

Stephanie Rubin

CEO, Texans Care for Children

Marva Sadler

Director of Clinical Services at Whole Woman’s Health

J.D. Salinas III

Chairman, Texas Border Coalition


Raul G. Salinas

Former mayor of Laredo

Robert Sanborn

President and CEO of Children at Risk

Eduardo Sanchez

Chief Medical Officer for Prevention at the American Heart Association

Christina Sandefur

Executive vice president, Goldwater Institute


Rhonda Sandel

CEO, Texas Emergency Care Center

Ben Sanders

Libertarian candidate for comptroller

Scott Sanford

State representative

Andrew Sansom

Executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment


Bridget Scanlon

Senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin

Gunnar W. Schade

Associate professor of atmospheric science, Texas A&M University

Jamie Schanbaum

Meningitis awareness advocate

Patsy Schanbaum

Mother of meningitis survivor


Drew Scheberle

SVP of policy, Austin Chamber of Commerce

Barry Scheck

Co-director of the Innocence Project

Jorge Reina Schement

Vice chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Byron Schlomach

State policy director, 1889 Institute


Larry Schooler

Senior fellow, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, UT-Austin

Charles Schwertner

State senator, R-Georgetown

Johana Scot

Executive director, Parent Guidance Center

Robert Scott

Principal, Texas Star Alliance


John Seago

Legislative Director, Texas Right to Life

Kurt Senske

CEO, Upbring

Matt Shaheen

State representative, R-Plano

Ilya Shapiro

Senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute


John Sharp

Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System

Kristopher Sharp

Former foster youth

Adrian Shelley

Executive director of Air Alliance Houston


Oscar Silva

Political director, Battleground Texas

Ron Simmons

State representative, R-Carrollton

David Simpson

Former state representative

Simran Jeet Singh

Senior religion fellow, Sikh Coalition


Ryan Sitton

Republican candidate for railroad commissioner

Brian W. Smith

Associate Professor, School of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, St. Edward's University

Chuck Smith

Executive director, Equality Texas

Craig Smith

Texas district judge


Emmitt Smith

President/CEO, Emmitt Smith Enterprises

Erin Smith

Student, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Owen Smitherman

Research associate, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Evan Smith

CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune


Glenn W. Smith

Director of the Progress Texas PAC

Michelle Smith

Executive director of the Fast Growth School Coalition

Sara E. Smith

Staff attorney for Environment Texas

Julia Spann

Executive director of SafePlace


Margaret Spellings

Former U.S. secretary of education

Tom Spencer

Program director, National Wildlife Federation

Vicki Spriggs

CEO, Texas CASA

Steve Stagner

President and CEO, ACEC Texas


Donna Stahlhut

CEO, the Epilepsy Foundation Texas

Dean Stansel

Economist, SMU

Todd Staples

President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association

Ken Starr

President and chancellor of Baylor University


Randan Steinhauser

Advisor, EdChoice

Robert Stein

Professor, Rice University

Sara Stevenson

Public school librarian

Jonathan Stickland

State representative, R-Bedford


Steve Stockman

Former U.S. representative, R-Friendswood

Joe Straus

Speaker of the Texas House, R-San Antonio

Daniel Suez

Immunologist

Ray Sullivan

Political consultant


Thomas P. Sullivan

Former United States Attorney

Ellen Sweets

Author, former Austin resident

Sherry Sylvester

Political consultant

Mustafa Tameez

Political consultant


Kristin Tassin

President, Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees

Jessica Taylor

High school teacher

Larry Taylor

State Senator

Van Taylor

State senator


Jeff Temple

Vice chairman of the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence

Gene Terry, Texas Association of Counties

Gene Terry is the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Counties

Gene Terry, Texas Association of Counties

Gene Terry is the Executive director of the Texas Association of Counties. The Texas Association of Counties exists as a unified voice for Texas counties, focused on promoting efficient and effective government for the people of Texas.


Jere Thompson Jr.

Co-chair, Texas Transportation Alliance

Wayne Thorburn

Author; former executive director of the Texas Republican Party

Calvin Tillman

Former mayor of DISH

Emily Timm

Deputy director of the Workers Defense Project


Catherine Tinsley

Professor at Georgetown University

Tom Torkelson

CEO, IDEA Public Schools

Egidio Torre Cantú

Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico

Maria Town

Director, Houston Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities


Jay Trainor

Retired social worker

Javier Treviño

Mexican congressman

Alex Triantaphyllis

Founder, Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees


Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston

Chase Untermeyer

Texas ethics commissioner

Mark K. Updegrove

Director of the LBJ Presidential Library

Carlos Uresti

State senator, D-San Antonio


Jace Valcore

Asst. professor of criminal justice, University of Houston

Matthew Valentine

UT-Austin lecturer

Leticia Van de Putte

State senator, D-San Antonio

Beth Van Duyne

Mayor of Irving


Yvonne VanDyke

MSN, RN, Seton Healthcare Family

James P. Van Overschelde

Director, Evaluation & Research, Office of Educator Preparation at Texas State University

Veronica Vargas Stidvent

Chancellor, WGU Texas

Marc Veasey

U.S. Representative, D-Fort Worth


Linda Vega

Former 2014 U.S. Senate candidate

Jesus Velasco

Non-resident scholar, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

Peggy Venable

Policy director of Americans for Prosperity-Texas

Jason Villalba

State representative, R-Dallas


Elisa Villanueva Beard

CEO, Teach for America

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

Mike Villarreal

State representative, D-San Antonio

Ruben O. Villarreal

Mayor of Rio Grande City


Luke Wachob

Fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics

Deane Waldman

Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Cliff Walker

Political director of Battleground Texas

Jennifer Walker

Water resources program manager, Sierra Club


Scheleen Walker

Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club

Kirk Wampler

Vice president of network real estate, Crown Castle

Chuck Waters, Texas Pharmacy Business Council

Chuck Waters is the director of marketing and communications for the Texas Pharmacy Business Council

Jacqueline L. Watson

Immigration lawyer


Kirk Watson

State senator, D-Austin

Heather Way

Clinical law professor at UT-Austin

Michael Webber

Deputy director of the Energy Institute at UT-Austin

Jake Wegmann

Assistant professor, UT-Austin


Bernard L. Weinstein

Associate director of SMU's Maguire Energy Institute

Madison Welch

Regional director of Students for Concealed Carry

Chance Weldon

Attorney, Center for the American Future

Ware Wendell

Executive director, Texas Watch


Royce West

State senator, D-Dallas

Sasha West

Poet, professor

Richard Wexler

Executive director, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

Edward E. Whitacre Jr.

Former CEO of General Motors


Charleston White

Founder and CEO, Hyped About HYPE

Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator, D-Rhode Island

James White

State Representative

Kelly White

Executive director of Austin Children’s Services


Elaine Wiant

President, League of Women Voters of Texas

Sharon A. Wilkerson

Founding dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing

Amanda Williams

Executive director, Lilith Fund

Greg Williams

Immunization advocate


Michael Williams

Chairman, Texas Aspires

Roger Williams

U.S. Representative, CD-25

Ed Willing

Technology/Social Media Director, Bring Leadership Back


Kate Willyard

Student, Texas A&M University

Joshua Wilson

Associate professor, University of Denver

Patrick Wilson

Ellis County & District Attorney

Alex Winslow

Executive director of Texas Watch


Russell Withers

General counsel and policy analyst, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Arlene Wohlgemuth

Executive director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Patrick Wolf

Professor of education policy, University of Arkansas


Kyle Workman

President of Texans Against High-Speed Rail

Paul Workman

State representative, R-Austin

Dean Wright

Co-founder and director, New Revolution Now


Katherine Wright

Executive director, Wright Family Foundation

Sam Wyly

Dallas businessman

Justin Yancy

Executive director of the Texas Business Leadership Council

Ana Yáñez-Correa

Executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition


Elyse Yates

Founder and CEO of Influence Opinions

Miriam W. Yeung

Executive director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Ron Yokubaitis

Co-CEO, Data Foundry

Vince Young

Former NFL and University of Texas quarterback


Judith Zaffirini

State senator, D-Laredo

Fehmida Zahabi

Founder, Texas Rheumatology Care

Robert Zaretsky

Professor, University of Houston

Patricia Zavala

Former director at the Workers Defense Project


John Zerwas

State representative, R-Richmond

Lindsey Zischkale

Student, LBJ School at UT-Austin