The Texas Cable Association (TCA) announces a new lineup for its government relations staff as the 83rd legislative session approaches. Lucas Meyers, recently senior policy adviser for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, has joined TCA as director of governmental relations, while Jeff Burdett, who has been with TCA for six years, was promoted to vice president of government relations. The TCA governmental relations team also includes Celinda Gonzalez, government relations manager, and Christi Doenges, government affairs coordinator.
“The addition of Lucas Meyers to the Texas Cable Association gives us a strong, experienced government relations team going into the 2013 legislative session,” said Jon Gary Herrera, chairman of the TCA Board of Directors and vice president of communications in Texas, Time Warner Cable. “Our team’s wealth of experience at the Capitol will serve us well as the Texas Legislature continues to debate issues of importance to the cable industry.”
Meyers joined Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s staff as senior policy adviser in October 2010 with a focus on policy and budget issues relating to a number of areas, including telecommunications. Previously, he worked during the 2001 and 2003 legislative sessions for state Rep. Vilma Luna (D-Corpus Christi). In between stints at the Texas Capitol, Meyers worked at the New York office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree in government in 2001 and a law degree with honors in 2008, both from The University of Texas at Austin.
Burdett has served as director of government relations for TCA since November 2006. Before joining TCA, Burdett was legislative director for state Sen. Mike Jackson (R-LaPorte) and state Rep. Peggy Hamric (R-Houston) and a clerk for the Texas House Ways and Means Committee. Burdett holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
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TCA (www.txcable.com) has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960. Members include Allegiance Communications, Cable One, Charter Communications, Comcast, Mediastream, Suddenlink Communications and Time Warner Cable. Follow TCA’s activities on Facebook (www.facebook.com/texascable) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/texascable).