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

Chief Executive Officer

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

Chief Operating Officer

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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Susan Nold

Susan brings almost two decades of experience working in and around Texas Legislature to the Blackridge team. Prior to joining Blackridge, Susan served as the Senior Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and as the Executive Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Suite 800
Austin, Texas 78701

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