New Office to Open in Austin to Bolster State & Federal Advocacy
Washington, D.C. – July 9, 2018: BGR Government Affairs announced today that Jerry Strickland, who most recently served Texas Governor Greg Abbott as head of the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations, will join the firm as Vice President starting on July 11th. In this role, Jerry will open and lead a new Texas office for BGR Group in Austin. Jerry will strengthen the firm’s advocacy on behalf of clients before the Texas Congressional delegation as well as state agencies.
Commenting on Jerry’s departure, Governor Abbott said, “I have been privileged to have Jerry Strickland as a trusted advisor for nearly 15 years in the Attorney General’s office and as Governor. Jerry’s policy, communications, and advocacy skills on behalf of state agencies before the entire Texas Congressional delegation, White House and federal agencies have served our state well. I am truly grateful for Jerry’s commitment to Texas. He has built strong relationships in Austin and Washington, D.C. Jerry’s tenacity makes him a strong asset to have to have on your side.”
Jerry served as head of the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations – a Governor-appointed, state Senate-confirmed position – since January 2015 when Governor Abbott was sworn in as the 48th Governor of Texas. He was the governor’s lead advisor on federal issues and represented the state before the White House, the 36 members of the Texas Congressional delegation, relevant Congressional committees and federal agencies. Most recently, Jerry worked with the bipartisan Texas delegation and federal agencies to secure billions of dollars in disaster relief funding to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. In the past three years, he has advocated on behalf of Texas on issues that impacted border security, ports, transportation, economic development and Medicaid funding. 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.
Commenting on BGR’s newest hire, BGR Founding Partner Haley Barbour said, “As a former governor, I know how hard senior state staff have to work to sort through complex issues on a true deadline. Jerry has earned a sterling reputation serving a governor whom I truly respect and who has helped build one of the largest economies in the United States. I am also thrilled to have another Ole Miss Rebel in the office.”
Prior to heading the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations, 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 the leadership team addressing policy development, redistricting efforts and litigation against the Obama Administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Health and Human Services Department at every level of the legal system, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security, offered, “It has been an honor to work with Jerry Strickland during his years of public service to the great state of Texas. Jerry’s commitment to our state has been instrumental in strengthening disaster recovery funding, which brought billions to Texas for repairs and flood mitigation. I was with Jerry at the Texas Emergency Management center as Hurricane Harvey made landfall and witnessed his tenacity every step of the way as we recovered, and then fought for funding to help Texans get back on their feet. Jerry’s strong relationships with the Texas Congressional delegation, U.S. House and Senate leadership, and the executive branch provided our state and our Governor with a path to success in a variety of areas. I look forward to working with Jerry as I know he will continue to serve Texas, even after his departure from public service.”
Regarding his joining BGR, Jerry said “It is very difficult to leave a governor I deeply admire and who has helped me grow personally and professionally. I will always be grateful for his trust, but I am ready for the next chapter. As one of the nation’s top-performing states for capital investment and job creation, Texas is a great place to do business, but with those opportunities come challenges. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and work to help clients and companies navigate the state and federal landscape. I am humbled by the opportunity to open the Texas office for one of the top firms in the country to help their clients succeed.”
According to U.S. Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), “Jerry Strickland has been a trusted partner to members of the Texas Congressional delegation. While we will miss working with him on behalf of the Governor, we look forward to working with him to continue growing Texas’s economic engine and ensuring safety for the millions that call Texas home. Jerry’s commitment to our state and his public service have served our state well.”
Before his career in public service, Jerry spent ten years as a news reporter, investigative journalist and news anchor at televisions stations in Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
For more information/interviews contact:
Loren L. Monroe, Principal, State & Local Practice Head, BGR Government Relations