Chris Hosek is a principal of Texas Star Alliance, specializing in direct lobbying and state agency relations. Chris has experience with a broad range of legislative issues and policy initiatives including a specific expertise in the energy sector. Chris served as the chief of staff for 5 years to the Chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas. The Railroad Commission is the regulatory body that oversees Texas’ energy industries including all levels of the oil and gas industry, pipeline safety, gas utility rates and the permitting and reclamation of coal and uranium mines.
Prior to his work at the Railroad Commission, Chris served as the legislative director in the Texas House of Representatives for the 78th and 77th sessions. Chris served as the committee aide to the Appropriations Committee, responsible for drafting the state’s two-year budget. He also served as a committee aide for a member on the House Energy Resources Committee, where he received his background in the energy field. Chris served in various roles for elected officials where he managed and developed legislative issues. Other committees experience includes the Urban Affairs Committee and State Recreational Resource Committee.
Chris has met with numerous international trade delegations at the Railroad Commission. He also participated in several trade missions to Mexico, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, Singapore, and Myanmar. In 2008, Chris was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders as a delegate to participate in an overseas governmental exchange with Taiwan. In 2015, Chris was asked to lead the same organization to Indonesia, Malaysia and Qatar.
In 2019, Chris was also named D CEO Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year”. In 2018, Chris won Texas Oil and Gas Award for Service Excellence, the first energy lobbyist to win the award. In 2015, 2017, and 2019, Chris was ranked in the top “Power Ranking” by Capitol Inside, a Texas political publication. In 2013, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” on its 10th annual Texas Lobby Power Rankings. Also, in 2013, the Austin Business Journal named him “Who’s Who in Energy”.
In addition to serving the legislative needs of his clients, Chris’ involvement with the community is robust. Chris was appointed to serve on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government entity that is viewed as the authority on domestic oil and gas issues. Chris has also served as an Urban Transportation Commissioner for the City of Austin. In addition, he sits on the board of Ballet Austin and is a Board Member for the Lone Star Success Academy, which improves the lives of troubled, at-risk, and vulnerable Texas youth by offering an alternative education. He serves as a Trustee for the American Council for Young Political Leaders, a Washington D.C.-based organization that implements unique international exchange activities for political leaders worldwide. He is active in the Texas State Alumni Association and the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association. Chris and his wife, Chandra, live in Austin, Texas.