About Us


The Texas Lobby Group is a full service lobbying and government relations firm that has a reputation for hard work, honesty and results, continuously gaining stature throughout the state lobby industry.

Through our contacts with Texas’ public policy makers, we provide a holistic legislative advocacy approach. Our services include legislative lobbying, administrative lobbying, strategy development, grassroots development and mobilization, internal and external communications, and political strategy, advice and counsel.

Partners Lara Keel, Bill Messer and Mike Toomey are all at the top of the game. Both Mike Toomey and Bill Messer have been named “Number One Hired Gun Lobbyist” by “Capitol Inside” and by Texas Monthly magazine as two of only four lobbyists listed in the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Texas Politics.” Lara Keel was named a “Top Five Lobby Star to Watch” by Capitol Inside’s Texas Lobby Power Rankings two years in a row. Former Senate Policy Analyst Michael Garcia and former Republican Caucus Director Carrie Simmons round out the team. (For details on each team member see their bios here.)  

Mike Toomey, a former three-term Texas House member, is the only person in Texas history to serve as chief of staff for two Texas Governors (William P. Clements, 1989-1990 and Rick Perry, 2002-2004).  Bill Messer was named a “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly and is a former House Calendars Chairman.

Lara Keel is a former lobbyist for the state’s largest business group, the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce (TABCC).  Recently Keel was named the Top Female Hired Gun Lobbyist in Capitol Inside’s Texas Lobby Power Rankings. 

Michael Garcia is a former Policy Analyst for Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., responsible for all Natural Resources public policy: oil and gas, air quality and water.

Carrie Simmons formally served as Executive Director to the 95 plus members of the House Republican Caucus. Simmons was named #1 Rising Lobby Star by Capitol Inside.

Since its forming in 2002, the group’s client portfolio has grown to include an impressive list of Fortune 500 companies including: McDonalds, Liberty Mutual, AT&T, UnitedHealth Group, General Dynamics, and Texas Instruments, as well as other companies, associations, and government entities.

Our team provides our clients with a comprehensive array of public policy management and advocacy services.