Disclosure: Drew White served as policy adviser for Chip Roy for Congress.
As fallout from the November 6 election becomes clearer, there are some important and encouraging developments for conservatives. Despite the Democrats seizing control of the House of Representatives, several incoming GOP members are set not only to bolster the ranks of the House Freedom Caucus, but also to shape the conservative agenda going into the next Congress and beyond.
One of these members is Rep.-elect Chip Roy, R-Texas, who will represent the 21st Congressional District of Texas. Roy is a former federal prosecutor and former first assistant attorney general for the state of Texas and was a formidable force for freedom when he was a staffer on Capitol Hill. He helped stop amnesty and gun grabs on multiple occasions, while also spearheading the effort to stop Obamacare’s implementation when he was chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Despite record turnout in a midterm election and presidential-level money pouring into Texas from progressives and coastal elites, Roy was able to fend off his liberal opponent with a strong message on advancing health care freedom, border security, and immigration enforcement and reining in our $22 trillion national debt.
This week, Chip Roy announced three staff hires that will send an unmistakable message to Washington while reassuring his fellow Texans that he intends unabashedly to lead the fight for liberty and make D.C. less consequential in the lives of the American people.
Wade Miller has been announced as Roy’s chief of staff. Wade served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman with multiple combat tours of duty in Iraq as well as in Africa. He’s well known and respected among conservative grassroots throughout Texas. Most recently, Miller served as political director for the successful re-election bid of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Before that, he was the senior regional coordinator for Heritage Action for America, working with grassroots conservatives to hold their elected officials accountable for nearly five years.
Maggie Harrell will serve as Roy’s deputy chief of staff and legislative director. She was most recently the executive director for Roy’s congressional campaign, helping to hold the line against an absolute flood of progressive activists and money that tried to swamp central Texas. Like Miller, Harrell has deep experience with conservative leaders fighting for liberty. She held the post of chief counsel for former Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and before that worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee as counsel for former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Nathan McDaniel has accepted the position of district director for Roy. Nathan served as Roy’s campaign manager in both his primary and general election. Nathan is a former field representative for Americans for Prosperity in the Houston area, where he helped engage grassroots activists and the community about the benefits of the free market and how it improves the lives of all Americans. Previously, he also served as communications director for Texas state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, who has earned a reputation as a fearless defender of freedom in the Texas state legislature.
As any veteran conservative Hill staffer can attest, personnel is policy. Without solid staff, a good member can quickly become mediocre and ineffective in advancing liberty and pushing back against the Beltway establishment.
In the case of Chip Roy, it appears that an already promising member is about to supercharge his team with dedicated conservatives ready and willing to continue the fight against Washington and the politicians and bureaucrats who seek to control our lives.
Drew White spent three years at Heritage Action for America as a legislative strategist covering domestic policy issues. He then served as Sen. Ted Cruz’s domestic policy adviser for two years, working on issues including Obamacare repeal, educational freedom, elimination of federal agencies and departments, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Most recently, he served as senior federal policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, son, and golden retriever, happily clinging to his guns and religion.