himself a former state representative and aide to former Texas
Governor George W. Bush, has been a key player in Texas politics
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- TARA lobbyist Terral Smith.
Texas Association of Rental
Agencies (TARA) lobbyist Terral Smith, has been named the new Chief of
Staff for Texas House Speaker
Craddick. Smith, himself a former state representative and
aide to former Texas Governor George W. Bush, has been a key
player in state politics for over 25 years.
At 33 years old,
Smith was elected to represent the Austin District in 1981 and
served until 1991 when he was
nominated by President George Bush to be a federal judge.
President Clinton took office before the appointment could
be confirmed by the Senate.
In 1996, Smith served as legislative director for
then Governor George W. Bush.
Although a Republican, Terral
Smith is as bi-partisan as they come. Smith told
RTO Online in a 2005
interview that Texas has a long tradition of bipartisanship. "As
a Representative, I worked with Democrats and even became the
chairman of a committee under a Democratic speaker."
Contrast this with Washington D.C.
politics where Smith says, "In Washington, they divided along
party lines 200 years ago and it's been that way ever since."
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