Charles joined Texas 2036 after serving as a Budget & Policy Advisor for Governor Greg Abbott. During his two legislative sessions, Charles advised on a broad range of issues, including health care, insurance, workforce development, elections, information resources, cybersecurity, and first amendment issues and civil law. He served as the primary liaison to a number of state agencies, including the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Workforce Commission, Department of Information Resources, Secretary of State, and Office of the Attorney General, among others. Charles worked on developing, implementing, and reforming long-term strategies, with a focus on structural incentives. Previously, Charles practiced law, with a focus on insurance defense litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys playing ice hockey, smoking briskets, exploring the outdoors, and supporting Notre Dame’s college football independence.