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Myra L. Leo

Government Affairs Advisor
Fax +1.512.482.6859
Ms. Leo is a Government Affairs Advisor in the Public Policy and Law division whose practice focuses on legislative and regulatory affairs in Texas. Ms. Leo provides advice and strategic guidance on matters before the state legislature and state government agencies. Her areas of specialty include municipal and county government, higher education, pharmaceutical, financial services, telecommunications and automobile regulatory matters.

Professional Background

Ms. Leo has over 25 years combined experience in federal, state and local government. Prior to joining the firm in 1996, Ms. Leo served as the Intergovernmental Relations Manager for the City of San Antonio. In that capacity, she had chief responsibility for managing federal, state and local matters on behalf of the City of San Antonio. Ms. Leo managed legislative and political activities at these various levels of government including Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC); state legislative matters impacting the City of San Antonio as well as interlocal agreements between the city and county.

In 1985, she served as Chief of Staff for the first Hispanic woman elected to the Legislature, State Representative Irma Rangel, (Kingsville), a position she held until 1994 in which she managed all legislative policy. In this capacity, Ms. Leo also served as the Director of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus and managed policy issues in behalf of the members of the Caucus. Prior to joining the House side of the Capitol, Ms. Leo worked in the policy division of Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby, Jr. Ms. Leo's legislative career began as a Senate Messenger. Ms. Leo is a native Texan, speaks Spanish, and is a member of the William B. Travis Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • KLRU, Board Member
  • University of Texas, Texas Exes Alumni Association
    • Public Affairs Committee
    • Hispanic Alumni Network
  • Zach Theatre, Emeritus Board
  • Senate Hispanic Research Council, Board Member
  • Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Advisory Council
  • Hispanic Lobby Group, Executive Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Ms. Leo is a frequent guest speaker on state legislative matters at St. Edward's University and the Biennial Texas Legislative Boot Camp.
Higher Education
Successfully assisted entities before regulatory agencies to achieve compliance.

Public Health 
Worked with regulatory agency and broader coalitions to secure a positive recommendation from a Texas State agency which subsequently led to final passage of key legislation.

Local Government
Worked with the 3rd largest county in the country to secure vital legislation.

Regulatory Projects
Successfully assisted a national association and private companies in matters dealing with state franchise issues.

Successfully assisted a publically traded company to secure passage of legislation affecting the Texas Universal Service Fund.