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Rep. Straus, Joe

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by: Rep. Straus, Joe

Veteran reporter and Capitol Hill communications director will
jointly lead communications efforts for the Office of the Speaker

AUSTIN—Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) today announced the hiring of a new communications team, including Erin Daly, who most recently served as communications director for Congressman Doc Hastings (WA), and Jason Embry, who was the Austin American-Statesman’s Capitol Bureau Chief.

“I’m pleased to welcome Jason and Erin to the Capitol,” said Speaker Straus. “Jason’s insights into the legislative process and knowledge of both the issues and the Members themselves will serve not only my office, but also the State of Texas, well. Erin’s diverse media and messaging expertise will be essential to helping my office effectively communicate with the Legislature and the people of Texas about the important issues we address in the House.”

"Speaker Straus is a proven and principled leader whose notable service for the people of Texas is unparalleled," said Daly. "I am thrilled to join his team for those reasons and very much looking forward to returning home to Texas."

“I am honored to join Speaker Straus’s team,” Embry said. “I look forward to helping the Speaker communicate his vision of a fiscally responsible state government that promotes opportunity for all Texans. I have been privileged to cover the Capitol alongside talented, dedicated journalists from around the state, and I am eager to work with those journalists, as well as the members of the Texas House, in this new capacity."

About Erin Daly
A native Austinite, Daly most recently served as Communications Director for Congressman Doc Hastings of Washington State who is the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Previously, Daly served on two Presidential campaigns, as an on-the-record spokesperson on high profile political campaigns in Nevada, California, and Washington State, and served in President George W. Bush's administration.

About Jason Embry
Embry previously served as the Capitol Bureau Chief at the Austin American-Statesman, where he was a reporter for nine years. Before arriving in Austin, he worked at the Waco Tribune-Herald and the Killeen Daily Herald. He is an honors graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown.

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