Texas Government Affairs Practice

This results-oriented team uses experience and diligence to successfully interact with the state legislature and relevant Texas agencies.





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Russell T. Kelley

Rusty Kelley has represented the business interests of Fortune 500 companies, various associations and other organizations before state legislators, regulators, or other elected officials for more than 30 years. He is regarded as a leader and an innovator in his field, and has been noted in publications such as Texas Monthly, San-Antonio-Express-News, and Capitol Inside for his dedication, intelligence, and character.

 

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Carol McGarah

CEO

Carol McGarah has worked with Rusty Kelley in Austin, Texas since 2001. She represents several Fortune 500 companies and is well-known and regarded for her experience and knowledge of various topics including: education, energy, environmental issues, financial institutions, IT, and transportation.

 

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Sara Sachde

COO

Sara Kemptner Sachde, a native Texan, has more than a decade of experience in Texas politics. She currently works as Legislative Consultant and Communications Manager at Blackridge. She has experience in every arena of public policy, but works most often on education, criminal justice, energy, environmental, finance, general business, tax, and transportation issues.

 

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Micah Rodriguez

General Counsel

Micah Rodriguez first began his political career in 2003 as a Gregory Luna Memorial Legislative Scholar and currently works at Blackridge as Legislative Consultant and Legal Counsel. Throughout his tenure working in and around Texas politics, Micah has obtained extensive experience in numerous public policy topics ranging from finance to education and immigration to jurisprudence, with the heaviest emphasis on health and human services.

 

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Jessica Oney

VP of State Government Relations

Jessica Oney, is an Austin native and has 15 years of experience in state and local governments, including public affairs. Through her experiences inside and outside the State Capitol, Jessica has gained an extensive knowledge of the legislative process, developed a wide range of relationships and worked on a variety of public policy issues with a particular focus on electricity, environmental, water, tax and general business.

 

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919 North Congress Avenue,
Suite 950
Austin, Texas 78701

Main: (512) 480-8444
Fax: (512) 474-5431

 

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