The director of Federal Affairs is responsible for the agency’s broad federal portfolio, including congressional affairs, federal agency relationships and national organizations. The director also oversees the International Relations Office and the Texas Transportation Forum program. TxDOT’s extensive international work includes border master planning, border crossing research, trade studies and assessing the state’s readiness when the Panama Canal expansion is complete.
Thomas previously served as chief of staff to state Rep. Drew Darby from 2008 to 2012. He also served as legislative director to Rep. Jim Keffer from 2004 to 2008 and former Rep. Bob Turner from 1999 to 2002. Thomas was responsible for all legislative initiatives and budgetary agendas and was the advisor to state-elected officials on public policy and political fundraising. He spent two years in Washington, D.C., as the director of government relations and special counsel for a grassroots U.S. trade organization where he served as an advisor on federal and international trade issues.
Thomas was raised in Brownwood. He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural science and development with a teaching emphasis and a master's degree in education, both from Tarleton State University.
Contact Thomas by phone at (512) 463-6397 or by email.