Prior to joining Texas 2036, John served as Deputy Policy Director and Deputy Budget Director for Governor Greg Abbott. During his three sessions in the Abbott administration, John played leading roles in policy development, legislative strategy, and coalition building for school finance reform, property taxes, and other state fiscal and budgetary matters. His work culminated in passage of House Bill 3, which overhauled the tax and education systems in Texas. John also led teams focused on innovation for long-term, structural issues facing the state, including health care, pensions, water, and infrastructure. Before joining Governor Abbott, John served in budget and policy roles for former Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. During this time, John focused primarily on economic regulatory issues and homeland security. Outside of Texas, John has served in communications roles on two presidential campaigns (Romney-Ryan ’12 and Bush-Cheney ’04) and practiced law in New York and Washington, D.C., with a focus on securities litigation and international trade disputes. John received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in Political Economy from Tulane University. He lives in Austin with his wife, two daughters, and dog (Indy) – all of whom enjoy a good, long hike whenever possible.