Some lobby veterans making big moves this week...

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People on the Move

Some lobby veterans making big moves this week along with some legislative literature and the reappearance of "Sunset and Sine Die"

Another Friday, another week to gossip about who’s making big moves at the Texas Capitol.

The whole community always wants to hear about lobbyists on the move, staffers getting promotions or heading to new gigs, lobby shops opening up or adding new people, key job openings, and any interesting projects you might want to pass along.

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Here’s the latest edition of People on the Move.

Veteran lobbyist Mark Vane is now at Husch Blackwell Strategies as the firm expands in Texas to “provide state legislative government affairs consulting and lobbying in its new offices in Austin and Houston.”

Mike Stafford, a former county attorney, will be their guy in Houston.

“Since launching Husch Blackwell Strategies, we’ve experienced rapid growth as we develop a significant presence in multiple key capital cities,” said Andy Blunt, Chairman of the Board and COO. “We are excited that our first major expansion is in Texas where we will be onboarding two outstanding government relations specialists who are respected professionals in the Texas Capitol and across the state,” Blunt said.

“Adding Mark Vane and Mike Stafford and the expertise they bring to our team will benefit our clients and provide significant value to our vertically-integrated approach to tactics and strategy at both the state and federal levels,” Blunt said.

Speaking of vets of the lobby, Craig Chick has joined Foley Gardere’s Government Solutions Practice Group in Austin as Director of Public Affairs.

“We are thrilled that Craig has joined our Government Solutions Practice at our newly combined firm,” said Kim Yelkin, managing partner of Foley Gardere’s Austin office and co-chair of the State and Local Government Solutions Practice Group.

Yelkin said the addition of Chick “allows us to continue to strengthen and grow this practice group into a core practice area for the firm and its clients.”

“Our clients consider us as trusted advisers when they need to advance their cause before state and local governments throughout the country.  Craig’s deep experience with and knowledge of Texas state government will strongly enhance the firm’s ability to provide a broad array of solutions for our clients in Texas,” said Washington, DC Partner David Ralston, chair of the firm’s Government Solutions Practice Group.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Craig in Washington, and in other state capitols, as he assists our Texas clients with matters before the federal government and other state governments,” Ralston said.

More info Chick’s new job is here.

Last week, Sen. Konni Burton let us know that her Chief of Staff Elliot Griffin would be headed to the private sector even though he’s helping out on her reelection campaign as well. Griffin is joining David White’s shop, Public Blueprint.

“We’re excited to add Elliott’s unique skill set to the team at Public Blueprint,” said White, the CEO of Public Blueprint. “Having worked with Elliott in the past, I’m confident his abilities as a skilled manager and coalition builder will help guide the team as we expand our business.”

And finally this week, Matt Minor, Chief of Staff to Rep. Phil Stephensonreleased his third novel this week. It's called The Water Lord.

Nationally recognized bestselling author Chris Rogers said Minor gives readers an “insider view of Texas politics.”  

“Remember the Rough Riders? A diverse bunch of soldiers, from gamblers and prospectors to college men and cowboys, they were brought together by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt. Author Matt Minor is what I term a ‘rough writer.’ He pulls together diverse characters and attitudes in a roughly drawn story that’s immediate, unpretentious and compelling,” Rogers said.

Those who check out the book will notice that it includes a cameo appearance by those stylish "Sunset and Sine Die" lapel pins that were so popular at the Capitol during the special session in 2017.