Political People and their Moves

Faith S. Johnson of Cedar Hill was named to the Public Safety Commission by Gov. Rick Perry for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2019.

Dr. Austin I. King of Abilene was elected president of the Texas Medical Association over the weekend at the society's annual conference in Fort Worth. The otolaryngologist — an ear, nose and throat specialist — is also married to state Rep. Susan King, R-Abilene, a surgical nurse.

Former state Rep. Valinda Bolton has hired on at the Department of Family and Protective Services as community affairs liaison for Child Protective Services. For the past year, she had been working with the Texas Water Foundation.

Amanda Montagne Martin has hired on with the Texas Association of Business as its new government affairs manager specializing in insurance and healthcare issues. She was formerly on the staff of state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, where she was legislative director and general counsel.

Former House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Director Vanessa Fuentes has hired on as senior grassroots director for the Southwest affiliate of the American Heart Association.

HD-10 candidate John Wray was endorsed by the political arm of Texans for Lawsuit Reform in the May 27 Republican primary runoff. He is vying with T.J. Fabby for the party's nomination to succeed House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie.

The political arm of the Texas Medical Association endorsed Linda Koop in the HD-102 GOP primary runoff against incumbent Stefani Carter.

Four former Plano mayors, including former state Sen. Florence Shapiro, endorsed Glenn Callison in the HD-66 GOP primary runoff against Matt Shaheen.

Disclosure: The Texas Medical Association, the Texas Water Foundation and the Texas Association of Business are corporate sponsors of The Texas Tribune. The American Heart Association was a corporate sponsor in 2012 and 2013 of the Tribune. A complete list of Texas Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.