The Texas Capitol Group has assembled an unrivaled team of public affairs, government relations and communication experts. At every level of our organization, clients will find seasoned professionals. We are experts in public policy, legislative affairs, politics, media and communications.
Our unique insight and expertise delivers tailor-made, client-driven comprehensive public affairs programs that meet objectives and exceed expectations.
Mike Toomey – Only person in Texas history to serve as chief of staff for two Texas Governors (William P. Clements, 1989-1990 and Rick Perry, 2002-2004). Former three-term Texas House member and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Named one of Texas top lobbyists in the 2015 Lobby Power Rankings.
Bill Messer – Texas Monthly magazine named Bill Messer as one of four lobbyists included in the top twenty-five most influential people in Texas politics for 2005.
Joe Garcia – Served as chief of staff to State Senator Eddie Lucio, of Brownsville, from 1991 to 1996; and has a specialized knowledge of issues along the Texas-Mexico Border.
Lara Keel – Former government relations manager for the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, the state’s largest business group, lobbying the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress; former Texas Senate staffer.
Billy Phenix – Was environmental policy director for Governor Rick Perry; general counsel for a state senator and Senate Natural Resources Committee; and special assistant to Lt. Governor Bob Bullock.
Rossanna Salazar – Served as press secretary to Governor Bill Clements in his second term; press secretary to then-Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry; press secretary to the 1993 U.S. Senate campaign of Kay Bailey Hutchison; advised Friends of Tony Garza; former reporter.
Wayne Fleenor – Former government affairs manager for TXU Corp. and Lone Star Gas. Also served as government relations manager for the City of San Antonio, representing the city before the Texas Legislature.
Mona Palmer Taylor – Previously managed political campaigns of Greg Abbott for Attorney General and David Dewhurst for Texas Land Commissioner; former public affairs director of a statewide trade association; former reporter.
Valerie Bollman – Former chief editor and content manager for the public relations division of a leading public affairs firm in Washington, D.C.; served as a regional communications manager for the National Federation of Independent Business.
Lisa Glass- Former Communications Director for the Texas Secretary of State’s Office; served as Public Relations Manager for Hoover’s, Inc., a Dun & Bradstreet subsidiary; former television reporter, anchor, and producer.
Vanessa Cortez- Served as campaign manager for Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd. Vanessa provides support for social media programming, earned media, coalition building and developing innovative methods to engage clients’ audiences.
Carrie Simmons – specializes in integrating policy and communications. She has a diverse background serving in political and communication arenas.