Texas Government Affairs Practice

This results-oriented team uses experience and diligence to successfully interact with the state legislature and relevant Texas agencies.

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Russell T. Kelley


Rusty Kelley has represented the business interests of Fortune 500 companies, various associations and other organizations before state legislators, regulators, or other elected officials for more than 30 years. He is regarded as a leader and an innovator in his field, and has been noted in publications such as Texas Monthly, San-Antonio-Express-News, and Capitol Inside for his dedication, intelligence, and character.


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Carol McGarah

Chief Executive Officer

Carol McGarah has worked with Rusty Kelley in Austin, Texas since 2001. She represents several Fortune 500 companies and is well-known and regarded for her experience and knowledge of various topics including: education, energy, environmental issues, financial institutions, IT, and transportation.


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Sara Sachde

Chief Operating Officer

Sara Kemptner Sachde, a native Texan, has more than a decade of experience in Texas politics. She currently works as Legislative Consultant and Communications Manager at Blackridge. She has experience in every arena of public policy, but works most often on education, criminal justice, energy, environmental, finance, general business, tax, and transportation issues.


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Micah Rodriguez

General Counsel

Micah Rodriguez first began his political career in 2003 as a Gregory Luna Memorial Legislative Scholar and currently works at Blackridge as Legislative Consultant and Legal Counsel. Throughout his tenure working in and around Texas politics, Micah has obtained extensive experience in numerous public policy topics ranging from finance to education and immigration to jurisprudence, with the heaviest emphasis on health and human services.


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Austin Holder

Austin Holder is a fifth generation Texan with more than a decade of experience in the public sector working on both public policy and state budget issues. He most recently served as a budget analyst in the Senate Finance Committee with a focus on natural resources, economic & business development, regulatory agencies, and disaster funding — which primarily makes up Articles VI, VII, and VIII of Texas’ $217 billion budget. In this role, he collaborated with the state leadership, legislators, agencies, and staff to develop fiscal policy and 38 different state budgets.


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