Now is the time to fight for liberty! - Don Huffines for Texas Senate


Now is the Time to Fight for Liberty!

Today is the first day of the 85th Legislature, which means now is the time for you to join me in my fight to advance liberty, prosperity, and virtues!


I have big plans for the 85th Legislature, and I’ll be in contact with you regularly to update you on big bills, big votes, and other items of importance in our never-ending fight to advance conservative principles and values. If you’re willing to join me in this effort - and I hope you are! - here are some action items you can take:

Throughout the session, I will provide regular updates via email, social media, and video, so please stay tuned and be ready to act to support good conservative ideas. I’ll also need your help to defeat the failed big government, tax-and-spend, pro-abortion ideas that we know some of the entrenched politicians in Austin will try to sneak past you and me. 

By staying together, remaining informed, and seeing beyond the obvious, I know that we can accomplish great things for Texas! Remember: to fully experience liberty, we must have a virtuous society. Instead of turning to government for answers or solutions, I believe in you and the power of the individual to solve most of our issues. By working together, everything is possible. Texas’ greatest days are yet to dawn. Our future is limitless. God bless Texas!


In my capacity as your state Senator in Austin, I have assembled a great team of staff who serve you and the state of Texas. I want you to know the senior members and key contacts of our team, and know that, like me, they work for you! 

Brent Connett - Chief of Staff
With more than 12 years of experience working to advance conservative principles and values, Brent is an outstanding leader who brings a sharp policy mind to your SD 16 team. Brent previously worked for the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute and the Texas Conservative Coalition for more than a decade, where he was an advocate for limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and traditional values. He has been a member of your SD 16 team since the beginning in January 2015. Brent is a Staff Sergeant in the Texas State Guard, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Brent lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

Contact Brent at

Lauren Welch - Legislative Director
Lauren joined your SD 16 team in January 2016, shortly after completing her law degree and being admitted to the State Bar of Texas. With her legal training and consistently positive attitude, Lauren is able to provide the team with an important perspective on public policy. In her role as Legislative Director, she works daily to ensure that my legislation advances economic and personal liberty, prosperity, and virtues. Originally from Kentucky, Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Contact Lauren at

Heath “HW” Dickey - Policy Director
HW has a passion for public policy and a tireless commitment to work for a smaller, less intrusive government. HW joined the SD 16 team one year ago, in January 2016. He has experience in the Texas Senate, having worked for Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano) in the 84th Session. As a 6th generation Texan, HW uses his role as Policy Director to provide the SD 16 team a deep understanding of how public policy affects the lives of everyday Texans. HW is a Specialist in the Texas State Guard, and is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington D.C. HW resides in Austin with his wife, Mary.

Contact Heath at

Clarin Gniffke - District Director
Clarin oversees SD 16 operations from the Dallas office as our District Director. Her passion for serving people has led her to government service on both the state and federal level, in Washington, D.C. and Texas. She joined the SD16 team in Dallas in October 2015 and seeks to provide constituent care and an open door to all residents of SD 16. She is a true public servant and a problem solver who regularly helps meet the needs of SD 16 residents. Clarin grew up in California, and she holds an M.A. from Regent University. She currently lives in Irving.

Contact Clarin at

Lindsey Landers - Office Manager & Scheduler
Lindsey joined the SD 16 team in April 2016 and serves as my Scheduler & Office Manager. Lindsey gained great organizational skills from her prior experience in the non-profit sector working with the Make a Wish Foundation and International Justice Mission, making her an invaluable addition to our team. Lindsey graduated with a Business Management degree from Texas A&M University in 2015 and is an active volunteer with UT Younglife and the Austin Stone Community Church. If you would like to make an appointment with me or have information to share on an upcoming event, please contact her. 

Contact Lindsey at



These are just some of the key contacts on the team. I’m also honored to have Warner Eidman and Nick James in the role of Legislative Aide; Vivianna Szakacsy as Constituent Correspondence & Casework Assistance; and a whole team of bright young interns who work hard everyday to serve you and the whole state of Texas. God bless you and the great state of Texas! We’re going to accomplish great things together this legislative session!


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