Texas Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton today named his pick for First Assistant Attorney General and announced members of his transition advisory team.
“I’m excited as we work through this transition and prepare for the years ahead,” Ken Paxton said. “We are building a highly qualified and dedicated team that will be ready to defend Texas and ensure we are protected from an overreaching federal government.”
Chip Roy will head the agency as First Assistant Attorney General upon Paxton’s swearing-in.
“Chip is a longtime friend, and someone whose counsel I trust. He has served Texas in the U.S. Senate, in the Governor’s office, and as a federal prosecutor. I am pleased that he will bring his strong legal mind, devotion to liberty, and servant’s heart to the Office of Attorney General as First Assistant,” Paxton said.
Most recently, Roy served as Chief of Staff to Senator Ted Cruz, who applauded Paxton’s choice. “Texas is fortunate to have someone as dedicated as Chip is to protecting our values and upholding our constitutional liberties,” Cruz said. “He devoted the last two years building and guiding my team in the Senate, and I am grateful for his service. He will be missed, but I wish him the best as he continues his service to Texans as First Assistant Attorney General. He will always be a part of Team Cruz and I look forward to continue working alongside him to safeguard the freedoms that Texans cherish.”
Roy said, “I have been blessed to serve as Chief of Staff to Senator Cruz the past two years as he has honored his promise to Texans and ‘made DC listen.’ Moving on from his team is like leaving family, but you never truly leave. I was fortunate to learn how to be a lawyer under former Attorney General and now U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Now, Attorney General-elect Paxton has given me the honor of being home in Texas and helping him lead the great people of the Office of Attorney General as we defend the interests of this great state.”
Attorney General-elect Paxton also announced his transition advisory team who will advise the senator as he assembles his staff and outlines his vision for the Office. In addition, Paxton launched a transition website for those interested in learning more or applying for positions:www.paxtontransition.com.
Transition Advisory Team Members:
Roger Alford – Law Professor and Associate Dean, Notre Dame University
Ernest Angelo, Jr. – Former Chairman, Texas Public Safety Commission; Businessman, Former Mayor, Midland, Texas
Jordan Berry – Campaign Strategist, Berry Communications, Austin, Texas
Kevin Brannon – Chief Campaign Strategist, Allen, Texas
Mano DeAyala – Partner, Buck Keenan, LLC, Houston, Texas
Susanna Dokupil – Senior Fellow at TPPF; Former Assistant Solicitor General of Texas, Houston, Texas
Anthony Holm – Counsel and Senior Communications Advisor, Austin, Texas
Dee Kelly – Founding Partner, Kelly, Hart and Hallman, Fort Worth, Texas
Leonard Leo – Executive Vice President, Federalist Society, Virginia
Matt Orwig – Partner, Jones Day; Former United States Attorney, Dallas, Texas
Paul Pressler – Retired Judge, 14th Texas Court of Appeals; Former State Representative, Houston, Texas
Steve Roddy – Chief of Staff to Senator Ken Paxton, New Braunfels, Texas
John Ratcliffe – U.S. Congressman-Elect; Partner, Ashcroft Firm; Former United States Attorney, Rockwall, Texas
Oliver “Buck” Revell – Revell Group International, Inc.; Former Associate Deputy Director of the FBI; Former Chairman, Greater Dallas Crime Commission, Rowlett, Texas
Chip Roy – Named 1st Assistant Attorney General, Austin, Texas
Kelly Shackelford – President and CEO, Liberty Institute, Plano, Texas
Julie Springer – Partner, Weibart, Springer, Hayes, Austin, Texas
Kent Sullivan – Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; Former 1stAssistant Attorney General, Austin, Texas
Andy Taylor – Partner, Andy Taylor & Associates, P.C.; Former 1stAssistant Attorney General, Houston, Texas
David Whitehurst – Partner, Whitehurst Cawley, LLP, Addison, Texas
Chip Roy Bio
Chip Roy served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for the past two years. Prior to that, he most recently served as senior advisor to Texas Governor Rick Perry, a contributor to the Governor’s book Fed Up, and Director of State-Federal Relations for the State of Texas. He also served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas and worked for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) as Staff Director of his leadership office and Senior Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, he spent nearly three years as an investment banking analyst with NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, Inc.
Roy received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia. He also holds an M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Texas. He is married to Carrah Roy, a graduate of Texas A&M University and University of Texas School of Law. They have a son (5) and a daughter (3). They are members of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.