Government Relations



TACAC Government Relations is about one thing: advocating for students, counselors, and access to higher education.  

The mission of our organization is supported through the work of our committee as we strive to ensure that higher education is available to all students and that the transition from secondary to post-secondary education is strengthened.  We work with government officials in Austin and Washington, DC, as well as allied organizations, closely monitoring state and federal policy proposals.

Our job is to keep the membership informed of policies that affect their jobs as educators.  To that end, we periodically send out emails to notify membership of key legislation.  We also solicit support when contacting your member of the State Legislature or the US Congress will be beneficial.  In some cases we serve as experts to legislative bodi es and propose legislation that will impact our communities.  Collectively, we can fight for the rights of students and counselors.


Co-chairs: Vanessa Gibson, Midway High School | Toni Schexnyder, The Winston School San Antonio

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: TACAC GovRel, @GovRelTACAC

Get Involved:

Volunteers are especially needed when the state legislature is in session for the following areas:

  • Legislative Analyst: committee member who is assigned to keeping a bill list and keeping track of the bill status of pertinent legislation.
  • Communication Lead: committee member who will assist the chair/co-chair with all communication pieces sent out the membership, legislative offices, and the community at-large. Will also be responsible for updating the committee's social media sites, as necessary.
  • District Informants: committee members who reside in or close to the major metropolitan areas(Houston, Austin, Dallas,  El Paso, Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio) that can provide updates on programs, legislation, educational and alliance group information. Will also be able to fill-in for the chair at legislative  and/or alliance group meetings within their districts, as needed.