I grew up in the one-high school town of Brownwood, in the area where my family started ranching shortly after the Civil War. Rural Texas is home to me and where I’ve finally returned. But in the meantime, I went off to the University of Texas at Austin, then to the Georgetown Law School, and started a career in advocacy.
I was a Legislative Aide at the Texas Legislature and clerked at the Texas Supreme Court. I started private practice at Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP in Dallas. During that time, I co-founded Jane’s Due Process, a legal services non-profit for pregnant minors. I’ve written legal briefs on marriage equality, immigration, and reproductive rights, and represented Harris County in its efforts to make voting easy and accessible during the pandemic. I fight for people’s fundamental rights - always.
In the last several years I focused my law practice on the cannabis industry. I am Texas’ first Cannabis Super Lawyer®. I helped write and pass the Texas hemp legalization bill in 2019, and I know the smart way to open the door to this high-value crop is to protect public health and safety and maximize the economic opportunity for Texans. My husband and I decided to get out of the city and now call Alpine, Texas, home where we grow our own small crops of hops and hemp.
I wear quite a few legal hats including being Board Certified in Legislative and Campaign Law, a specialty that focuses on ethics. Ethics isn’t negotiable, and it’s one of the reasons I decided to run for this office. The current Agriculture Commissioner is surrounded in scandal. We have to start with leaders who know right from wrong. If you know me, you know I am a stickler for details, the facts, and the law.
Farming is hard, but ethics should be easy. I’m running to get back to what Texas used to do best.