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AUSTIN -- House Speaker Joe Straus announced Thursday the promotion of Jesse Ancira to Chief of Staff. Speaker Straus also announced the hiring of three new staff members in his Policy office.

Ancira has been acting Chief of Staff since March, and he has served as the Speaker's General Counsel since 2009.

"Jesse's extensive experience and deep knowledge of the legislative process will continue to be a valuable resource to the Members of the House as we prepare for the 83rd Legislature," Speaker Straus said.

Ancira, who has nearly 20 years of experience in Texas government and the legislative process, is a former Associate Deputy Comptroller and General Counsel at the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts. He is also a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Speaker Straus has also hired Patricia Shipton, Dan Madru and Shakira Pumphrey to join his Policy office in the coming weeks.

"These new staff members bring a vast collection of insight and experience that will benefit the entire Texas House," Speaker Straus said. "The work of the 83rd Legislature will directly impact the future success of our state, and our team will help the House prepare for the responsibilities and challenges that lie ahead."

Shipton will be Strategic Legislative Advisor. She previously served as Director of Legislative Affairs for Gov. Rick Perry's office, where she was responsible for securing passage of the Governor's legislative initiatives. She also served as the primary liaison to the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives. Shipton is a veteran of the Capitol who most recently worked in private consulting. A native of Laredo, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Madru will be Senior Policy Advisor for Business and Regulatory Affairs. He served as the Committee Director for the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Senate Committee on Business and Commerce under former Senator David Sibley and Senator Troy Fraser. Madru holds a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and received his undergraduate degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Pumphrey will be Policy Advisor for Corrections and Criminal Justice. She is returning to the Speaker's Office, where she served during the 82nd Legislative Session. Most recently, Pumphrey served as a Civil Rights Investigator for the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas and stands to complete a Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in August.


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