The Texas A&M Office of Government Relations (GR) is located in College Station and is Texas A&M’s interface with the Texas Legislature, Congress, and senior state and federal executive branch officials. The office is part of The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) GR team, a coordinating body of A&M System government relation officers that work in unison to advance System goals. This GR office provides analysis on legislative policy matters that can broadly impact the university community and strives to improve the position of Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Health Science Center in the federal and state arenas. The GR office also works in unison with other units throughout campus to develop and coordinate analyses on the potential effects of pending legislation and to implement legislative guidance as appropriate. The office also engages in strategic communications through social media and other channels, seeking to positively influence both public policy and public opinion regarding support for the teaching, research and service (#AggieIMPACTS) at Texas A&M University and throughout higher education. For more information visit the GR website, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and share #AggieIMPACTS to your social media.
The GR office is led by Mr. Michael O'Quinn ’86, Vice President for Government Relations & Strategic Initiatives, and includes Mr. Michael Hardy ‘13, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, Ms. Rita Presley ‘05, Manager of Operations, Mr. Jason Whisenant, Director of Legislative Programs and Strategic Communications and Dr. Stanton Calvert, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Government Relations and Vice Chancellor Emeritus. Dr. Calvert's office is located in Austin, TX.
In August, state agencies and universities received Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR)
instructions from the state.
Institutions include an administrator's statement at the beginning of the LAR, which serves as a narrative justification for the entity's legislative appropriations request. The administrator statements for Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, are below and the priorities listed beneath each institution:
Texas A&M University
1. Restoration of 5% Reduction (p. 4)
2. Academic Resource Initiative (p. 5)
3. Proposed Tuition Revenue Bond Project: Biological and Chemical Sciences Complex (p. 6)
4. Graduate Education and Texas Research University Fund - TRUF (p.6)
5. West Texas A&M Initiative (p.7)
Texas A&M University at Galveston
1. New $45,000,000 Capital Project Request: Special Purpose Institution Maritime infrastructure needed to accept, house and moor a larger vessel for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy (p. 4)
2. Restoration of 5% Cut (p. 5)
Texas A&M Health Science Center
1. Research Performance Based Funding Formula (p.5)
2. Texas A&M Health Clinical Services COVID-19 Response (p.5)
3. Improving Access to Sexual Assault Care (p.5)
4. Future Capital needs: Texas A&M at TMC3 (p. 6)
5. Future Capital Needs: Nursing Education and Research Building in McAllen (p. 6)
6. Consolidation of Non-Formula Support for Public Health Interventions (p.6)
The goal of Texas A&M’s office for Federal Relations is to elevate the national profile of Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and each entity’s faculty, researchers, and students. To accomplish this, the office works closely with The TAMUS Office of Federal Relations, located in Washington, D.C. The System office is currently led by Mr. Scott Sudduth and he and his staff serve as the conduit to Congressional Members, staff, and high-level federal agency personnel.
The Office of Federal Relations maintains excellent relationships with the 38 member (36 House members + 2 Senators) Texas Congressional delegation to raise awareness of Texas A&M's vast and diverse university system. As part of this effort, they accompany Members and staff during campus visits, and help arrange Texas A&M faculty, administrator, and student visits in Washington. The office maintains a current understanding of federal research priorities, and works to ensure that Texas A&M is a part of solving national-level issues by monitoring federal legislation regarding national higher education and research.
Finally, the Office of Federal Relations works closely with national-level higher education associations such as the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to address issues that affect the higher education community more broadly. For information on the Texas A&M University System, Washington, D.C. office, please visit www.tamus.edu/relations/federal-relations.