Jerry Strickland is Vice President and Texas Director at BGR, where he practices at federal, state, and local levels. Leading BGR’s Austin office, Jerry advocates for companies at the federal, state and local level helping companies navigate government to effectively position themselves for growth. He has successfully assisted companies pass legislation at the state level and has put his clients in front of frontline decision-makers at all levels of government to succeed. Jerry also works with BGR’s energy clients to find solutions to permitting, infrastructure, and export challenges, and has helped coalitions join forces to bring legislative and regulatory change.
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 ran Texas’s federal affairs office and was lead advisor to the Governor on federal issues. 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. 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, 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 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’s career had him at the intersection of Government and the media, spending a decade 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.
Jerry and his wife live in Austin and have three children. An Ole Miss graduate, Jerry is also an advocate for adoption, a board member for All God’s Children International adoption agency, member of the Ole Miss Political Science Alumni Board, and is retired little league baseball, football, and basketball coach.