9/15/2009 1:49 PM
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced that he's naming Blaine Brunson as his chief of staff and Julia Rathgeber as his deputy chief of staff. Both are long-time Capitol staffers who have worked for Dewhurst for several years. Most recently, Brunson served as Dewhurst's budget director and Rathgeber as his policy director.
"Blaine and Julia have profound knowledge of state government, policy and the budget, and I'm delighted to have them assume these added responsibilities," said Lt. Governor Dewhurst. "As my long-time budget director, Blaine has played a key role in working with all 31 senators and myself to craft balanced budgets that deliver record tax cuts and keep our state spending low, resulting in our Texas economy being the envy of the nation. As Policy Director, Julia has been highly successful in working with our senators and myself to draft and pass landmark legislation on important issues such as lawsuit abuse, child protection laws and reforms to our Texas healthcare system. "