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    County Issues Newsletter | February 2024

    News Article | February 23, 2024

    Texas County Delegation Makes Its Presence Felt at NACo Conference

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    Texas county officials and representatives of the Texas Association of Counties joined some 2,000 attendees from counties and parishes from across the country this month at the National Association of Counties' 2024 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual event's stellar program featured President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker, with cabinet secretaries and federal agency policymakers present to discuss a range of federal policies important to counties.

    In addition to his duties as NACo's Second Vice President, Wise County Judge J.D. Clark headlined a strong showing of Texas' county elected officials and TAC staff representing urban, rural and growing Texas counties. The group took part in policy steering committee meetings, panel discussions and congressional office visits. They also enjoyed the camaraderie and exchange of ideas with their peers from other states.

    "I just learn about so many great things that people are doing in other communities," El Paso Commissioner David Stout said.

    "There's just such a wealth of knowledge," he added. "So many folks that have been working on things in their communities that could probably work in our community."

    Below are some pictures from the conference. Visit NACo's website to learn more about NACo's federal advocacy, and listen to TAC's podcast, Texas County Voice, for additional coverage of the conference.

    For more information about this article, please contact Megan Molleur, Jody Seaborn or Pete Winkler.

    Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp visits with U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin) in his Capitol
    Hill office on Feb. 13. Tharp was among the many Texas county leaders in Washington, D.C., in mid-February
    to attend the National Association of Counties’ 2024 Legislative Conference and meet with their members of
    Congress. (Credit: Megan Molleur)
    Chambers County District Clerk Patti Henry
    prepares to visit the office of U.S. Rep. Brian
    Babin (R-Woodville) on Feb. 12.
    (Credit: Megan Molleur)
    Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham (left) and TAC Legislative
    Consultants Pete Winckler and Megan Molleur visit the office of
    U.S. Rep. August Pfluger (R-San Angelo) on Feb. 12.
    (Credit: Jody Seaborn)
     
    Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee (right) speaks on
    a panel examining recent and forthcoming Supreme Court
    cases that have implications for local decision-making. The
    Feb. 11 discussion was part of the 2024 NACo Legislative
    Conference, held Feb. 10-13 in Washington, D.C.
    (Credit: California State Association of Counties)
    Wise County Judge J.D. Clark (left), currently serving as Second
    Vice President of the National Association of Counties; Comal
    County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp; El Paso County
    Commissioner David Stout; and Schleicher County Treasurer
    Jennifer Henderson were on Capitol Hill on Feb. 13 to advance
    issues important to Texas counties as part of NACo’s 2024
    Legislative Conference. (Credit: Jody Seaborn)
    Wise County Judge and NACo Second Vice President J.D. Clark (left)
    discusses expanding broadband access with Deputy Commerce
    Secretary Don Graves on Feb. 12 at NACo’s 2024 Legislative
    Conference in Washington, D.C.
    (Credit: National Association of Counties)
    Travis County Judge Andy Brown (right) discusses the rise of
    generative artificial intelligence and its impact on county
    operations with Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer
    Financial Protection Bureau, on Feb. 12 at NACo’s 2024
    Legislative Conference.
    (Credit: National Association of Counties)