Governor-elect Abbott Announces Staff, Outlines Priorities For Session
AUSTIN – Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott today announced personnel to fill key staff positions in his incoming administration, in addition to outlining his priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which include education, border security, economic expansion and tax reduction.
"On Election Night, I made a promise to the people of Texas to begin work immediately to keep Texas the beacon of opportunity and the best state in the nation. A promise is worth little without the right plan and the right people to turn that plan into action," said Abbott. "I have outlined a Blueprint for an even better Texas of tomorrow, and I am proud to have an experienced leadership team with the proven skills and the deep commitment needed to make my promises a reality. We are ready to get to work on Day One to ensure greater opportunity for all Texans."
Staff Positions Announced By Governor-elect Abbott:
Judge Carlos Cascos, Secretary of State*
Daniel Hodge, Chief of Staff
Julia Rathgeber, Deputy Chief of Staff
Robert Allen, Deputy Chief of Staff
Kara Belew, Budget Director
Jimmy Blacklock, General Counsel
Amelia Chassé, Press Secretary
Lauren Clay, Senior Advisor to the Governor for the Office of First Lady
Reed Clay, Senior Advisor
Drew DeBerry, Policy Director
Jay Dyer, Deputy Legislative Director
Randy Erben, Legislative Director
Matt Hirsch, Communications Director
Erin Hodges, Special Assistant to the Governor
Chelsea Holden, Senior Advisor to the First Lady
Tracye McDaniel, President of the Texas Economic Development Corp.
Stacey Napier, Director of Administration
Luis Saenz, Appointments Director
Kim Snyder, Director of Scheduling and Advance
Jerry Strickland, Executive Director of Office of State and Federal Relations*