Political People and their Moves

Robert Jones, after several years heading Annie’s List, joins Be One Texas as CEO, replacing Michael Li, who helped start up the Democratic organization, ran it during the 2012 political cycle, and helped recruit Jones. Jones will oversee Progress Texas, a communications arm of BOT.

Former state Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp joins the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to head a cross-agency initiative on veterans’ benefits.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Carol “Missy” Rainey of Keller to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. She’s a social worker and assistant court investigator for the Denton County Probate Court.

Perry named Troy Allen of Edcouch, general manager of the Delta Lake Irrigation District, and Lance Neuhaus of Mercedes, president of Neuhaus & Co., to the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority.

Press corps moves: Longtime government reporter Gary Scharrer is now the communications director for Sen. Tommy Williams, leaving his job at Hearst, where he reported for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. Scharrer was in the Capitol press corps for 26 years and in the newspaper business for 43.