Mike Toomey

Partner

512.473.2646


Mike is the only person in Texas history to serve as chief of staff for two Texas Governors. Former three-term Texas House member and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Named one of Texas top lobbyists in the 2015 Lobby Power Rankings. Read More
Mr. Toomey, Mr. Perry’s former chief of staff, is now considered the leading business lobbyist in Texas.” Albert Hunt, New York Times

Bill Messer

Partner

512.473.2646


Texas Monthly magazine named Bill Messer as one of four lobbyists included in the top twenty-five most influential people in Texas politics for 2005. Read More
"Bill has established himself as the point man for those who subscribe to the theory that what’s good for business is good for Texas.”

Lara Keel

Lobbyist

512.473.2646


Lara Laneri Keel has twenty years of experience in and around the Texas Capitol. Mrs. Keel has been with the Texas Lobby Group since its inception in 2002, representing interests of clients before state legislators, regulators, and Texas policy makers. Read More
President of Red State Women, Lara Keel, is Texas’ most powerful female lobbyist.

Carrie Simmons

Lobbyist

512.473.2646


Carrie Simmons joined Texas Lobby Group in fall of 2014 and was immediately was named #1 “Rising Lobby Star” by Capitol Inside. Prior to joining TLG, Carrie started as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. Later she was as an account associate at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations and Affairs firm. Read More
Simmons will have a hall-of-fame level lobbyist as mentors as a new member of Mike Toomey’s team at the Texas Lobby Group.

Michael Garcia

Lobbyist

512.473.2646


Michael Garcia joined Bill Messer, PC in January 2001 and has been with The Texas Lobby Group since its inception. The two firms represent a very diverse group of clients interested in issues related to taxes, natural resources, electricity, financial services, insurance, technology, employment, gambling, tort reform and transportation. Read More
Previously a policy Analyst for Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., responsible for all Natural Resources public policy: oil and gas, air quality, water, etc.

Erik Avots

General Counsel

512.473.2646


Erik Avots joined the Texas Lobby Group in December of 2014 as a legal and policy analyst. After passing the bar exam, Erik signed on full-time with the Texas Lobby Group as general counsel. As an attorney with the group, he provides legal analysis, drafts legislation, prepares legislative briefs, and conducts research on a broad variety of topics. Read More
Erik received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2015 where he was an Articles Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law.