Federal/State Legislative Strategies
Oil & Gas, Transportation, Disaster Recovery, Economic Development, Public Safety, Healthcare & Technology
Office of the Governor (Texas), Office of the Attorney General (Texas), Media
Jerry Strickland is Vice President and Texas Director at BGR, where he practices at federal, state and local levels. Leading BGR’s new Austin office, Jerry will help Texas companies navigate federal and state government to effectively position themselves for growth. Jerry brings a long career of public service to BGR after serving the state of Texas in various roles over a span of 15 years. Prior to joining BGR, Jerry served as Governor Greg Abbott’s appointee to lead the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations, where he was the Governor’s lead advisor on federal affairs. In this role, he provided advocacy, counsel and direction to the Governor, members of the Texas Congressional delegation, relevant Congressional committees and the White House.
While leading the office, Jerry helped secure billions of dollars in disaster relief funding to Texas to recover from Hurricane Harvey, with more in the pipeline. He also protected millions of dollars in crime victims funding, worked to reinstate a successful border security program and fought the federal government for Texas to cease sending more transportation money to Washington, D.C., than the state receives. Jerry also served on the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, advising the Secretary on issues related to the determination of fair market value, and the collection of revenue from energy and mineral resources on federal lands.
Before heading up and running offices in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Jerry spent nearly 12 years at the Texas Attorney General’s office as then-Attorney General Abbott’s executive advisor, communications director and spokesperson. In this role, Jerry was part of executive leadership addressing EPA, ACA, child support and school finance litigation at every level of the legal system, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to his career in public service, Jerry spent 10 years as a news reporter, investigative journalist and news anchor at television stations in Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. His work has been featured on CNN, CBS News, ABC News and the Weather Channel, where he helped cover multiple hurricanes and tornados for national and local news outlets.
Jerry and his wife have three children ages seven to 14. An Ole Miss graduate, Jerry is also an advocate for adoption, a board member for All God’s Children International adoption agency and member of the Ole Miss Political Science Alumni Board.