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Legislator and lobbyist to explain sausage-making success

September 04, 2015


Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchia (L ’93) chairs the House International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

How can legislators and lobbyists work together for the public good?

Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchia (L ’93), chair of the House International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and fellow Tulane Law School alum Tom Oney (L ’99), general counsel for the Lower Colorado River Authority, will explain how they've helped shape Texas law and policy on energy, air, water and other key areas at a public presentation Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Weinmann Hall Room 257.


Tom Oney (L ’99) is general counsel for the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The pair plan to share insights on legislative sausage-making and other aspects of legal advocacy in the legislative and regulatory worlds. Their appearance is part of Tulane Law’s class on legislative and administrative advocacy, but members of the public are welcome to attend.

Anchia, first elected in 2004 to represent northwest Dallas County in the Texas House, was Texas Monthly’s “Rookie of the Year” his first session and is considered a top legislator and a rising Hispanic star on the national scene. He’s taken a leading role on issues including public education, voting rights, clean air, energy efficiency and public safety. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed him to the federal Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Anchia is a managing partner at the private equity firm of Civitas Capital and is of counsel at Haynes & Boone, specializing in corporate finance. He also is past board chair of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials’ Educational Fund.

Oney oversees the legal, environmental, regulatory and compliance departments of the Lower Colorado River Authority, an Austin-based conservation and reclamation district that serves central Texas and is one of the largest public power entities in the United States. He also lobbies the Texas Legislature on behalf of LCRA. 

He previously has worked as vice president of regulatory law for Energy Future Holdings and as chief compliance officer for Luminant. Public Utility Fortnightly named Oney one of “America’s Top Utility Lawyers” of 2011.


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