Former Round Rock State Rep. Larry Gonzales Takes Lobbyist Job

From Austin-American Statesman

By Mike Parker, Austin Community Newspapers Staff

 Former state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, is now a senior consultant for a political advocacy and lobbying firm. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Former state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, is now a senior consultant for a political advocacy and lobbying firm. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

While Larry Gonzales has resigned from his Texas House seat, his new position will likely often lead him back to the state Capitol.

Lobbying and political advocacy firm Husch Blackwell Strategies announced this week that Gonzales is joining its Texas team as a senior consultant, where he’ll work on behalf of clients to help steer state legislation. In a media release, the firm noted Gonzales’ experience as both an elected state representative and his earlier role on staff at the lieutenant governor and attorney general’s offices.

“Larry brings to our team a deep understanding of the public policy issues our clients care about and his strategic counsel will be a tremendous asset to our firm,” Andy Blunt, chairman of the board and chief operating officer for Husch Blackwell Strategies, said in the release.

Among Husch Blackwell Strategies’ clients are Dell Technologies, Audobon, General Motors and MillerCoors, according to its website. Past endeavors have been advocating on behalf of individuals persecuted by their own governments abroad, legislative intervention for national mortgage and financial market institution and developing legislative support for online gaming issues.

Gonzales, a Republican who had represented the District 52 House seat since 2010, announced in September he would not seek a fifth term in the House. While he said nothing particularly led him not to run, he is focused on spending more time with his wife and children.

Three Republicans — Cynthia Flores, Jeremy Story and Chris Ward — vied for seat in the March primary. Flores, a case manager at the Round Rock Area Serving Center, won that race and will face Democrat James Talarico in November.

With Gonzales resignation, the state House will hold a special election to fulfill the remainder of his term through November. That election could occur Nov. 6, the same day of the general election.

Gonzales is president and owner of Lazarus Graphics, a communications and public relations firm. He earned a master of arts degree from the Texas State University School of Public Administration and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.