Texas Star Alliance (TSA) announced today the addition of one of Texas’ most respected leaders, Judge John J. Specia, to its ranks as a principal.
Fresh from his role as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Specia joins the team named one of the Top Ten Lobby firms in the state (Capitol Insider, Jan. 2015).
Judge Specia is known as a lifelong public servant and effective leader. The Managing Principal of TSA, John R. Pitts, made the announcement saying, “We are honored that Judge Specia chose to join our team. Along with an outstanding national reputation as an influential, innovative leader, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our firm and we consider his desire to launch his consulting practice with us to be an honor. Judge Specia is highly regarded for his honesty and tireless work to improve the lives of Texans.”
Appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2012, Specia spearheaded an overhaul of Child Protective Services, developed system enhancements and efficiencies and significant growth of the child abuse and neglect prevention and early intervention programs. Under his leadership, Texas became a national leader in child welfare transformation efforts and research in to child abuse and neglect fatalities.
He was one of the state’s earliest child welfare attorneys, serving as a regional attorney for the then Texas Department of Human Services. Specia spent 18 and a half years as Judge in the 225th District Court in Bexar County. After his retirement, he served as a senior district judge for 6 years. He was instrumental in setting up the Bexar County Children’s Court with specialized services for children and the Family Drug Treatment Court.
Additionally, during his tenure as Judge of the 225 District Court he served as Administrative Judge for Bexar County and Chairman of the Juvenile Board. His judicial experience includes work in all areas of civil, family, and juvenile programs. With a special commitment to children, families, and the prevention of child abuse, he was a founding member of the Texas Supreme Courts Commission on Children, Youth and Families.
Judge Specia holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio. He will split his time between Austin and his home in San Antonio.
Texas Star Alliance LLC, established in 2010 with offices in Austin, and Houston, is a Texas-based full service public affairs firm specializing in direct lobbying, strategic communications, business development, funding, administrative rule-making, and public relations.