Political People and their Moves

Ramiro Garza Jr.was reinstated as city manager with a unanimous vote by the Edinburg City Council after losing his bid for U.S. Congress.

Daniel Keylin has accepted a position as Deb Fischer's communications director in Nebraska. He previously served on former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Lisa Woods, who previously worked at the comptroller's office, is rejoining the agency as chief strategy officer. Most recently, Woods was leading strategic initiatives and building fundraising capacity at the University of Denver.

Ian Randolph, who previously served as chief of staff to state Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, has joined Premier Legislative Consulting, an Austin-based firm, as a partner.

Gov. Rick Perry this week appointed:
  • Robert “Barney” Barnwell III of Magnolia to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board. Barnwell is president of Universal Natural Gas Inc. and president and board chairman of Texas Gas Utility Services. 
  • Angela Tucker of McKinney as judge of the 199th Judicial District Court in Collin County. Tucker is an attorney in private practice and a former Collin County assistant district attorney.
  • J. Brett Busby of Houston as justice of the 14th Court of Appeals in Harris County. Busby is a partner in the appellate section at Bracewell and Giuliani and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
  • Mackenzie Kelly of Austin to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Kelly is an emergency management technician for the Williamson County Office of Emergency Management. Perry also reappointed Aaron W. Bangor of Austin, a principal member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs; Rodolfo “Rudy” Becerra Jr. of Nacogdoches, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University; Margaret Larsen of Austin, president and CEO of Special Olympics Texas; and Patty Watson of Flower Mound, a technology executive for Bank of America.

Deaths: Rep. Ken Legler, R-Pasadena, apparently from a heart attack. He was 54.