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John D. Colyandro
John Colyandro most recently served as Senior Advisor and Policy Director for Governor Greg Abbott, who also appointed him to represent the State of Texas on the Education Commission of the States, and the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee for the Health and Human Services Commission.
Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, John served for over a decade as Executive Director of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, a state-based think-tank that develops public policy recommendations. He also served as Executive Director of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a caucus of members of the Texas House and Senate.
John served previously as a campaign policy advisor to Greg Abbott for Attorney General of Texas and then as a gubernatorial candidate, and has had an active role in numerous campaigns throughout the United States including Texas Senator Phil Gramm’s presidential campaign.
Additional public service roles include chief of staff positions with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Railroad Commission.
Julie Frank is a veteran of the Texas Legislature with over 20 years of experience working for Members of both major political parties and executive agencies. She has an extensive knowledge of the inner workings of state government and legislative processes and has built relationships at all levels of state government.
Julie, who most recently served as an advisor to Governor Greg Abbott, started her career in the office of Rep. Fred Bosse. The following session, she moved to the Texas Senate and served as Legislative Advisor in the areas of local government, insurance, and healthcare. She continued in that capacity for two State Senators until moving to the then-Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to serve as a governmental relations specialist.
In February 2008, Julie returned to the Capitol after being named as Committee Director to the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations under the chairmanship of Sen. Royce West, a position she continued for two committees under the Senator’s leadership. Subsequently, Julie became Policy Advisor to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, where she served as a Policy Advisor for matters related to local government and special purpose districts for two sessions.
In January 2018, Julie became a Policy Advisor to Gov. Greg Abbott on matters relating to water supply and infrastructure, river authorities and water districts, subdivision finance and development districts, local government taxation and debt, city and county ordinance authority, parks and wildlife, rural and urban land use, and agriculture.