Over the last few weeks I have talked about the various preparations that have taken place during the last few weeks before the 85th Legislative Session, which begins on January 10th, 2015. Not only are legislators preparing their legislative agendas, they are also busy organizing their offices and hiring staff.
Members often hire additional staff to help with the increased workload during the 140-day session. Some of these new employees are college interns, while others are looking for long-term employment. I am fortunate enough to have a full-staff going into the legislative session. Sara Hays is my chief of staff, and will be handling legislation and the administration of the office. Sara is a graduate of The University of Texas, and has worked in my office for 14 years.
Chris Tarter is the District Coordinator, and has worked for me for the last 6 years. Chris works with constituents and she will be attending events in my place while I am in Austin. You can contact Chris at my district office at 903/891-7297, or by writing to 421 N. Crockett, Sherman, TX, 75090.
Courtney Reid is the chief clerk for the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety, of which I am currently chair. She also works in my capitol office and assists with legislation, scheduling, and committee matters. Courtney is a graduate of Sewanee University and has a masters from The University of Texas, with 9 years of legislative experience.
Ashley Hyten and Spencer Copeland are new to my Austin office, and will work through the legislative session. Ashley will be assisting Sara in my main office, and Spencer will be an assistant committee clerk.
My capitol office can be reached by calling 512-463-0297, or by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas, 78768. My office did move this year, however not far. I am in the original building on the 4th floor, in room 4N.7. I can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage the citizens of District 62 (which includes Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties) to come by the office when visiting Austin.