State representation on NACo committees grows


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Texas counties are well represented at the federal level thanks to TAC members' increased involvement in the National Association of Counties (NACo). 

This year, Texas elected county officials hold leadership positions on 10 of NACo's 12 policy steering committees. Those officials are: 

  • Bell County Judge David Blackburn: Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee, subcommittee vice chair
  • Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti: Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs, subcommittee vice chair
  • Comal County Treasurer Renee Couch: Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee, subcommittee vice chair
  • Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley: Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Committee, vice chair; Rural Action Caucus, vice chair
  • Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel: Human Services & Education Steering Committee, subcommittee chair; Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee, subcommittee vice chair
  • Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins: Health Steering Committee, vice chair
  • Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia: Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee, subcommittee vice chair; Large Urban County Caucus, vice chair
  • Midland County Commissioner Luis Sanchez: Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Committee, vice chair
  • Tarrant County Commissioner Devan Allen: Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee, subcommittee vice chair
  • Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes: Transportation Steering Committee, vice chair
  • Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea: Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee, subcommittee chair 
  • Travis County Treasurer Dolores Ortega Carter: Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee, vice chair
  • Wise County Judge J.D. Clark: Telecommunications & Technology Steering Committee, chair

NACo's policy steering committees and caucuses bring together elected or appointed officials or county staff from across the country to develop national priorities and advocate for them on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies.

Involvement in NACo was instrumental in Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley's recent appointment to the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission. Whitley was a past president of NACo. 

TAC appreciates each of these county officials for their involvement in NACo's committees and caucuses and for their commitment to representing the priorities of the state's counties in Washington, D.C.