I’m pleased to forward the announcement of the selection of Jerry Philips (my executive director when I co-chaired the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee) as Political Advisor for Texas for the Biden-Harris Presidential Campaign.
Before cofounding Philips & Meachum Public Affairs in 2009, Jerry Philips worked each legislative session and campaign cycle since 1997, connecting the session’s legislative strategy with election year political strategy.
Beginning as a volunteer intern during the 1997 Legislative Session for Representative Ken Yarbrough, Jerry worked for Rep. Yarbrough through the 76th Legislature and 2000 election season. As Communications Director for Texas House Speaker Pete Laney’s Texas Partnership PAC during the 77th Legislature, Jerry worked with Members and staff across the state. During the 78th Legislature, Jerry served as Chief of Staff for Representative John
Mabry from Waco who was chosen as “Freshman of the Year”.
As Chief of Staff for House Democratic Leader Jim Dunnam during the 79th Legislative Session, Jerry played an integral part in developing and executing legislative strategy and message for the House Democratic Caucus. In 2005, Jerry became the Executive Director of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, chaired by Representatives Garnet Coleman, Jim Dunnam and Pete Gallego.
Jerry’s family immigrated to College Station from South India, and he was the first person in his family born in America. Having grown up in Houston, Jerry is an avid fan of sports, barbeque and historic fiction. Jerry and his wife, Zeena Angadicheril, an Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, enjoy traveling with their sons, Christopher, Aaron and Miles.
He will join the Biden-Harris Texas team led by Texas State Director Rebecca Acuña that also includes Deputy State Director Jennifer Longoria, Strategic Advisor Jane Hamilton, Senior Advisor Mike Collier, Director of Coalitions Shekira Dennis, Communications Director Tariq Thowfeek, and Political Director Dallas Jones.