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Joshua Houston

Job Title: 
General Counsel/Director of Government Affairs
Contributor Type: 
Staff
Biography: 

Josh serves as Texas Impact's attorney performing legislative and regulatory affairs, and is also the in-house counsel for Texas Impact's sister organization, the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  Strategically involved in all aspects of the Texas Impact Legislative Agenda, his primary policy and legal expertise focus on electric and water utilities; consumer finance; healthcare; food; First Amendment; administrative, election and campaign finance law.  He represents Texas Impact and small commercial customers as a voting member of ERCOT, is a member of the Administrative and Public Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Family Law, Government Law, Public Utility Law, and Legislative and Campaign Law Sections of the Texas State Bar, and is a member of the Administrative Law Section of the Austin Bar Association. 

Josh joined Texas Impact in August 2010.  He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May of 2010 from the University of Texas School of Law. In 2007, he received a Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his undergraduate work in 2004 at Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Philosophy. Josh currently attends the First United Methodist Church in Austin and is married and has two cats and a dog. 

Before coming to Texas Impact, Josh spent the 81st Legislative Session as a Law Clerk and Legislative Assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. During the 79th Legislative Session, Josh was a Public Policy Consultant for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission (CLC), the public policy and ethics arm of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. While at CLC, he specialized in criminal justice, gambling, campaign finance, education and First Amendment issues.  During law school, he interned at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office in the 147th District Court, was on the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team, and worked as a student attorney in UT Law's Actual Innocence and Legislative Lawyering Clinics.

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(512) 472-3903 x108

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