Ex-House and Senate Colleagues Hit Ground Running as Abbott Connections Are New Stars Launching Pads
Tommy Williams and Leticia Van de Putte served together in the Texas House and Senate on opposite sides of the aisle for an entire decade. Williams, a Republican from The Woodlands, had been the most powerful lawmaker in the Capitol’s east wing during his final regular session as the Finance Committee chairman. Van de Putte had been one of the Democrats’ most influential and talented legislators who chaired the Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee for a dozen years before a race for lieutenant governor that she had no chance to win in 2014 with a D by her name. Their paths could be crossing now more than ever, however, as they reinvent themselves as lobbyists who are ranked here as the top two rising stars at the statehouse in Austin in the regular session’s opening month.