CONTACT INFORMATION

Chris Hosek
Cell: 512-468-3212
Direct: 512-381-1300 ext.105
chris@texasstaralliance.com

SKILLS & EXPERTISE

PRACTICE AREAS
EXPERIENCE
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Chris Hosek is a principal of Texas Star Alliance, specializing in direct lobbying and state agency relations. Chris has experience with a broad range of legislative issues and policy initiatives including a specific expertise in the energy sector. Chris served as the Chief of Staff for 5 years to the Chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Elizabeth Ames Jones. The Railroad Commission is the regulatory body that oversees Texas’ energy industries including all levels of the oil and gas industry, pipeline safety, gas utility rates and the permitting and reclamation of coal and uranium mines.

Prior to his work at the Railroad Commission, Chris was also the legislative director for Jones in the Texas House of Representatives for the 78th and 77th sessions. Chris served as the House’s committee aide to the Appropriations Committee, responsible for drafting the state’s two-year budget. He was also committee aide for Jones on the House Energy Resources Committee, where he received his background in the energy field. Chris served in various roles for elected officials where he managed and developed legislative issues. Other committees Chris has worked on include the Urban Affairs and State Recreational Resource committees.

During his time in the Legislature, Chris was instrumental in setting up Texas’ first umbilical cord blood bank. The Texas Cord Blood Bank was created by statute in 2001 and funded in 2003. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood can be used to treat diseases such as leukemia, lymphomas, sickle cell anemia and primary immuno-deficiencies. Chris worked to secure a $1 million initial state grant for the bank, as well as an additional $2.5 million private/public matching grant. The bank is located in San Antonio and has currently banked over 1,500 cords.

Chris has met with numerous international trade delegations at the Railroad Commission. He also participated in the Texas Trade Mission to Mexico, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. In 2008, Chris was selected by the American Council of Young Political leaders as a delegate to participate in an overseas governmental exchange with Taiwan.

In 2013, Capitol Inside, a Texas political publication, recognized Chris as a “Rising Star” on its 10th annual Texas Lobby Power Rankings. Also in 2013, the Austin Business Journal also named him “Who’s Who in Energy”.

Chris graduated from Texas State University at San Marcos in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He serves on the Board Directors of Ballet Austin and is active in the Texas State Alumni Association and the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association. Chris and his wife, Chandra, live in Austin, Texas.

Publications

Austin Business Journal, Jan 29, 2016, Austin shouldn’t rush an urban rail plan, Commissioner Chris Hosek

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Chris Hosek knows all of the inner-workings of Texas government. I first met Chris when he worked with Elizabeth Ames-Jones at the RRC. Chris demonstrates integrity in everything and he has a knack for being able to keep track of everything going on in Austin. The Texas Star Alliance has been a great service to Fountain Quail as we work to promote improved water management practices in Texas. Chris helped form the Texas Water Recycling Association and his leadership has been invaluable. I strongly recommend Chris Hosek and the Texas Star Alliance. Chris is outgoing and friendly, a great speaker and a good friend.
Brent Halidorson, Aqua-Pure / Fountain Quail
I see Chris Hosek as an expert on Texas government. Chris has the rare skill to be able to successfully operate both with the Texas Legislature and the regulatory agencies that oversee our industry. His advice is strategic and timely, and he demonstrates a level of honesty and integrity that is refreshing. He has seems to always know what is going on in Austin, both in politics and in the policy field. Chris’ company, The Texas Star Alliance, has been a great service to Linn Energy as we work to operate in Texas. Chris’ counsel and advice has been invaluable to our operation in Texas. I strongly recommend Chris Hosek and the Texas Star Alliance.
Jim Standley , Linn Energy
When working with Chris Hosek, it is clear that he demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of how policy and politics impact the energy industry. Chris has assisted Newfield in navigating the complex world of Texas Politics. He is well informed of all the issues, and has developed key relationships across all of Texas government. Chris’ service is an asset Newfield Exploration, and I feel confident that our policy issues are being covered with him on our team. I strongly recommend Chris Hosek and the Texas Star Alliance.
Bruce Stallsworth, Newfield Exploration