Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Former Statesman reporter now director of TX House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

At the beginning of yesterday's House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting, Chairman Abel Herrero, a Corpus Christi Democrat, announced the appointment of former Austin Statesman reporter Miguel Liscano as committee "director" (which is presumably different from "clerk"). Liscano went from UT-Austin's Daily Texan to brief stints at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Austin bureau and the Waco Tribune Herald before landing at the Statesman, where he spent seven years. During the 2012 cycle he worked as an opposition researcher for political campaigns before joining Herrero's staff.

Liscano recently completed a masters degree from UT-Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs where he worked with a team which "analyzed the possible effects of raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction in Texas from 17 to 18. We examined similar laws in other states, paying close attention to the process and methods advocates used to make the change happen. My colleagues and I also interviewed stakeholders in Texas to figure out how such a change might affect our state," according to his LinkedIn page.

Congrats, Miguel, and good luck with your new gig.


Guadalupe Ortiz said...

Congratulations Mr. Liscano

Anonymous said...

A Corpus Christi Democrat is the chair of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and a reporter from the American Statesman is the chief clerk? Good God, what do we have to do to get a new Speaker of the House??!!!

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Re: "what do we have to do to get a new Speaker of the House?"

The answer is "win sufficient primaries to beat Joe Straus." Did you? If not, maybe you need to find a different hobbyhorse until 2016. Scott Turner's a good guy but I can't count 76 potential Speaker votes for him. C'est la vie.