Meet TCRA's Lobbyists: Steve and Amy Bresnen of BresnenAssociates

Founded in 1996, BresnenAssociates has consistently ranked among the top state governmental affairs firms in Texas. The firm consists of co-principals Steve and Amy Bresnen and associates with other professionals on a project-by-project basis to achieve its clients' goals.

Steve Bresnen has been intimately involved in Texas State Government for more than 35 years addressing issues in both the Legislative and Executive Branches as a public official as well as in the private sector by representing clients of every type and size on a wide variety of legislative and administrative issues. Mr. Bresnen has earned a reputation for results through hard work and his in-depth knowledge of an extensive range of policy areas. Having played a leadership role in drafting many of the Texas ethics laws, Mr. Bresnen's advice on these and other issues is frequently sought by lawmakers, candidates and public and private sector clients.

Mr. Bresnen holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law since 1988 and is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Bresnen also holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas and completed 30 hours of masters-level work in elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a former teacher at the secondary level, specializing in inner-city and alternative schools, and has taught at the graduate university level.

Mr. Bresnen's private sector representation of clients has included major corporate and small businesses, local governments and non-profits, with such diverse issues as ethics, civil justice, family law, public education, human rights, water, telecommunications, mental health care, regulation of various professions, eminent domain, the judiciary, gaming, pension systems, taxes and fees, technology, transportation, state appropriations, electric regulation and issues affecting public safety personnel.

Immediately prior to establishing his governmental affairs practice in 1996, Mr. Bresnen served as General Counsel and Policy Director to the late Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock (1990-1996). In that capacity, he assisted in shaping numerous state policy initiatives and managing the procedures of the Texas Senate, over which the Lieutenant Governor presides, including assisting the Parliamentarian and Presiding Officer to interpret and apply the Rules of the Senate. Under Governor Bullock's direction, Mr. Bresnen also established the Senate Research Center, which provides well-regarded non-partisan, objective information in support of individual Senators and the Senate as a whole.

Amy Bresnen holds a J.D. from St. Mary's University and is licensed to practice law and a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Bresnen is an appointee of the President of the State Bar of Texas to the Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda, established by the Legislature to govern the ethics and conduct of Texas attorneys. She served as a policy analyst for State Senator John Carona, where she specialized in Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice and other issues. Ms. Bresnen also served with State Representative Jim Keffer, including staffing him as a member of the Select Committee on Public School Finance (Subcommittees on Cost Adjustments, Governance and Completion and Dropouts).

Ms. Bresnen has represented a variety of clients of BresnenAssociates in the legal and health care fields, local governments, special districts, transportation and administrative regulation. She represented a major hospital association prior to joining the firm and was a Graduate Fellow under the direction of the premier public relations firm, Public Strategies, where she primarily focused on health care.

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