Natalia Luna Ashley

Natalia Luna Ashley is the Executive Director of the Texas Ethics Commission. Prior to that she served as Special Counsel and General Counsel. Natalia has also served the Commission as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Director of Enforcement. Her experience includes writing advisory opinions, rules, and training materials. Natalia has worked on or overseen the processing of the thousands of complaints. Natalia serves as an advisor to the Texas Ethics Commission board members and elected officials at all levels of state government who seek her assistance.

Andrew Cates

Andrew Cates is the lead legislative and regulatory attorney at the Texas Association of REALTORS® as well as lead attorney for the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee. After joining the REALTORS® in 2012, he has quickly become an expert in campaign finance and ethics law. He is currently working on a legal annotation of the Texas Ethics Commission rules, with an expected first edition publication date of December 2014.

Jim Clancy

Jim Clancy has been Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission for the past two years. In his private practice he is president of Branscomb | PC, which focuses on complex commercial litigation. He also handles selected matters defending the firm’s clients in personal injury lawsuits. His experience includes million dollar verdicts for his clients and numerous significant settlements and dismissals. Jim’s greatest professional satisfaction is serving as a trusted advisor.

Erik Dietz

Erik Dietz is currently the Project Manager for RFD & Associates on the development of the new electronic filing software for the Texas Ethics Commission. In his current role Erik is responsible for managing the day to day activities of the project development team and ensuring adherence to RFD’s agile development methodology. Erik also serves as RFD’s mobile practice manager and has experience as a business analyst, developer, and quality assurance engineer.

Ross Fischer

Ross Fischer is an attorney in the Austin office of Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal. Chairman. Commissioner. Prosecutor. Judge. Director. Professor. Ross Fischer has burned through all these titles and more during his career. Along the way, he has developed an expertise in the area of professional ethics, public law, and campaign finance.

Chris Griesel

Griesel was named House Parliamentarian in 2011 and served as Assistant Parliamentarian prior to this appointment. He previously served as the Supreme Court’s rules attorney where he advised jurists on legal and practical matters, including analyses of how new laws affect the civil justice system.

Jack Gullahorn

Jack Wallace Gullahorn has been involved in some facet of public policy development for both the public and private sectors. His areas of professional activity have increasingly focused on the application of and compliance with Texas ethics and campaign laws, and the process of the creation and implementation of public policy initiatives and campaigns.

Robert Haney

Robert was first appointed Chief Clerk in 2003, and has proven himself to be an ardent protector of the rules and the parliamentary procedures that the House operates under each session. With appointed roles from three different Speakers of the House, and more than 20+ years working inside the legislative process, Robert has earned a reputation among the membership as being an honest broker, trusted resource, and devoted employee to the institution. Robert also serves as an elected member of the Executive Committee for NCSL's American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.

Jessie Haug

Jessie Haug is the Director of the Computer Services Division for the Texas Ethics Commission. She also serves as the project manager for the new electronic filing software project for the Texas Ethics Commission. Jessie has experience as a software engineer, software engineering manager, and product manager at IBM.

John Moore

John was named the first Director of Enforcement for the Texas Ethics Commission in January 2014. Moore has been a licensed attorney since 1977. He previously served a variety of roles at the Texas Workforce Commission, including Director of the Regulatory Enforcement Division.

Joe Nixon

Nixon's legal practice covers a broad range of civil litigation issues. The subject matter of his more than 1000 cases has varied from the highly complex, such as class actions involving securities fraud, large contract disputes for public oil and gas companies, and large multi-party product cases, to election law, employment law, construction, professional negligence (engineers, architects), business torts, and administrative disputes. Mr. Nixon has also defended insurance companies in matters regarding bad faith, deceptive trade practices, and insurance code violations. Mr. Nixon was a member of the Texas House of Representatives (District 133) for 12 years, where he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Civil Practices.

Gardner Pate

Gardner Pate is an associate in the Public Law section at Locke Lord. Mr. Pate is a registered lobbyist, and represents firm clients before the Texas legislature and Texas administrative agencies. Capitol Inside named Mr. Pate one of the top contract lobbyists in the state, and ranked him as the 2013 #5 Texas rising star lobbyist.

Ed Shack

Ed Shack is one of the leading advisors for officeholders, candidates, political committees, lobbyists, attorneys, corporations, and the media regarding the conduct of state officials, campaign finance, lobby, and election laws.

Tim Sorrells

Attorney Tim Sorrells previously served with the Texas Ethics Commission for more than twelve years, culminating in his role as General Counsel. Before his work with the Texas Ethics Commission, Sorrells spent three years in litigation including time as an assistant attorney general for the Texas Office of the Attorney General and in Caldwell County as an assistant district attorney.