Mr. Toomey, Mr. Perry’s former chief of staff, is now considered the leading business lobbyist in Texas.” Albert Hunt, New York Times
President of Red State Women, Lara Keel, is Texas’ most powerful female lobbyist.
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.
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.