Shera Kutac Eichler
Shera is a familiar face to many in the hallways of the Texas Capitol where she is recognized for her passionate dedication and loyalty in serving as a trusted advisor and lead staffer for Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen for nearly 18 years. Her longevity of honest, hard work has resulted in countless professional relationships and friendships with legislators and staff members, garnering the respect and admiration of decision makers under the Pink Dome.
Shera has a keen knowledge of how to successfully navigate the Texas legislative process, having worked in the Texas House of Representatives as a Legislative Director, Chief of Staff, and Policy Advisor during her tenure. She most recently led the Office of the Speaker as Director where she built upon her key connections in the Texas House and Senate, Office of the Governor, and crucial agencies across the state. She is well-known for her expertise in communication strategy development and productive coalition building, as well as her demonstrated prowess for advancing integral state policies and priorities. Shera has a proficiency on matters of taxation, regulated industries, school finance and education reform, transportation, emergency preparedness, natural resources, property rights, insurance, special purpose districts, the Sunset Advisory Commission process, and many others, as demonstrated by the 292 House bills she supported Speaker Bonnen in ushering through the legislative process.
In addition to her legislative endeavors, Shera has successfully led PACs, political campaigns, and various fundraising efforts, while also developing a passion for strategic communications and public relations in the modern political world. She has also played a direct role in creating cohesive messaging plans across the spectrum of social media platforms, press and radio media outlets, electronic and print newsletters and one-pagers, promotional videos, and event presentations.
Shera received the distinguished honor of being named a 2021 “Rising Star” in Capitol Inside’s Texas Power Lobby Rankings.
Shera shares her talents as an advisory board member and volunteer for B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, while expending her remaining energy and stress through her love of running, cooking, baking, and binge-watching sports movies and documentaries. She has a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Austin with her husband David and their two daughters, Emerson and Hayden.
Robert L. “Robby” Cook, III
Robby Cook retired in January 2009 from a distinguished career in public service, which began in 1992 when he was elected to serve on the City Council of his hometown of Eagle Lake, Texas. After serving one term as a council member, he was elected Mayor of Eagle Lake. His next venture into public service was his election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996, where he was subsequently re-elected for five successive terms. During his tenure in the House, Robby served on numerous committees, sub-committees, and task forces. He served on various councils and committees with the National Conference of State Legislators and the American Legislative Exchange Council, and is a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.
Robby received numerous awards and recognitions from his peers and interest groups across the state. Notably, Robby was chosen by his peers as the Freshman Legislator of the Year for his work during the 75th Legislative Session.
Robby began his Governmental Affairs business as a registered lobbyist in January 2009 and successfully advocated for his clients until December 2018.
Most recently, Robby served as Special Advisor to the House for Speaker Dennis Bonnen. In this unique role, Robby was as a liaison between the Members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Speaker’s office. His primary duty was to ensure an open line of communication for House members as they deliberated during the legislative session and the interim.
Through both his public service and private careers, Robby has developed extensive knowledge in natural resources, environmental regulation, land and resource management, eminent domain, energy, and many other issues. Serving in both local and state elected offices has given him a unique perspective of the interaction between governmental entities and the constituencies they represent. Robby believes that “an open, honest channel of communication with legislators, staff, agency personnel, and others involved in the legislative process is the basis for effective advocacy.”
Robby and his wife Mary Kay have two children and four grandchildren.
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