Governor Abbott Appoints Hambrick Director Of The Office Of State-Federal Relations

January 30, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Wes Hambrick Director of the Office of State-Federal Relations for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The Office of State-Federal Relations is the state's advocate in Washington, D.C., representing state government with the administration, Congress, and federal agencies to advocate the interests of Texas.

Wes Hambrick of Houston is the Interim Director of the Office of State-Federal Relations, and previously served as the Deputy Director and Legislative Liaison. He has served the state since 2015. He worked to secure billions of dollars in disaster funding to Texas related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery and continues to ensure this crucial funding is appropriately allocated to Texas. Hambrick has pushed to expand Texas’ economic development and trade footprint in Washington as well as to protect the state against harmful federal regulations. He has partnered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to safeguard federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and pushed back against federal foster care legislation that would undercut Texas reforms. Hambrick previously worked in the United States Senate for Senator John Cornyn.

He is a member of the Texas State Society and the Texas Exes Washington D.C. Chapter and is a volunteer for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Hambrick received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.