Matt Welch is a veteran public affairs and GOP political consultant with almost 30 years of experience in many public policy issues at the local, state, and federal level. Prior to launching his own consulting firm, Horizon Public Affairs, Welch served for 10 years as the Legislative & PAC Director for Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR), the state’s largest political action committee, where he directed TLR PAC efforts in over 150 statewide, legislative, and judicial campaigns.
Welch served as the Deputy Regional Director for former US Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Campaign Press Secretary to Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), and as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. His experience also includes 2 terms as the Communications Director for the Texas Republican House Caucus and as a media relations consultant to State Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood). From 2016 – 2018, Welch served as the campaign spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Welch has been the guiding hand behind many successful public affairs campaigns and initiatives on a myriad of issues including civil justice reform, improving maritime commerce laws, enhancing the voting rights of military personnel, divesting state pension funds from Sudan (Darfur), and promoting the development of clean/renewable energy resources. He has consistently championed free market principles, smaller government, and personal freedom.
Welch is a native of Euless, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He is an advisor to “Thirst No More,” a non-profit organization that drills and repairs water wells in developing countries. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Austin and the past Communications/PR Director for the Austin Cycling Association.
Kevin Brannon is a Texas-based conservative strategist with almost thirty years experience in providing clients with a variety of public affairs, public relations, fundraising, and political consulting services. He has assisted corporations, issue advocacy groups, trade associations, political candidates, and non-profit organizations.
For almost ten years, Brannon served in various leadership capacities for former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm (R-Texas), including Regional Director for North Texas, Campaign Manager for the Senator’s 1996 re-election campaign, and Regional Political Director for the Phil Gramm Presidential Campaign.
In 1998, Brannon launched his consulting business, where he has since served as a consultant to numerous elected officials at the federal, state, and county level. Capitol Inside, a Texas political publication, previously named Brannon “Most Valuable Consultant in an Individual Campaign” (2014) and “Consultant of the Year” (2010).
In the public affairs arena, Brannon has served a broad range of clients including those in telecommunications, electricity, and energy. He was part of a team working with the Sudan Divestment Task Force supporting efforts to end genocide in Sudan. Brannon’s private sector experience includes serving as Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations for a Dallas-based energy technology company.
In 2015, Brannon traveled to Israel at the invitation of the American Israel Education Foundation (“AIEF”), the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC, America’s pro-Israel lobby. Brannon volunteers with “Thirst No More”, a non-profit group dedicated to providing clean drinking water in underserved countries, and in 2019 he traveled to Tanzania with the organization.
Kevin is a graduate of Texas A&M University and lives in Allen, Texas with his wife, Judy. Together, they have three daughters: Kelsey Brannon Creech of Houston; Kendall, of Fayetteville, AR; and Jenna, a student at Colorado Christian University.