Commission application number 134 submitted by Barry McBee on 06/13/2020

First Name Barry
Middle Name/Initial R
Last Name McBee
Voter Unique Identification number 1140608896
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 55-64
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Law
What is your occupation? Retired from state government and doing some consulting and legal work
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702-1022
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702-1022
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. As an attorney and long-time state employee engaged with and in the governmental process, I am familiar with the legal issues that surround redistricting, as well as possessing an understanding of and experience in the dynamics of a group working together through thorny issues such as those posed in the redistricting process. Although lacking any specific training in statistical analysis, I am comfortable with and confident in my ability to process and analyze the large volume of data that will be needed to craft fair, balanced districts that allow every voter in the City of Austin to have an equal impact in choosing a representative who will reflect their interests and demographics. Finally, having chaired one of the state's more controversial agencies for more than three years, I presided over and participated in dozens of public meetings and work sessions, some all over Texas, and know what is needed for a robust, respectful, inclusive and effective process of public input and engagement.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. Although I am an engaged citizen and voter and tend to vote for candidates of one of the two major political parties, I will cross over and vote for a candidate of the other party when convinced their qualifications and experience make them the better choice. In addition, my work for the University of Texas System in the Texas Legislature over a number of sessions from 2007 to 2017 required a bipartisan appeal for support for the UT institutions and all of higher education and the ability to work with integrity with members and their staff on both sides of the aisle. Finally, as an indirect participant in the legislative process at the state level, I have seen the perils to the deliberative process of partisan redistricting and officeholders "choosing their voters," not voters choosing their representatives, and wish to see this avoided in the City of Austin.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Having come to Austin in the late 1980s for what was expected to be a brief sabbatical from a private law practice to work in state government, I and my wife quickly fell in love with the dynamic and fascinating diversity of this city and chose to make it our home and the place where we would start and rear our family. After living in the west and southwest parts of Austin for a number of years, we elected around 15 years ago to move to East Austin, in large part both to experience more directly this diversity and ensure our two sons were exposed to it. This was also a reason my wife and I were strong advocates for our church acquiring land and then building in East Austin, where we encourage an appreciation for the history of this part of the city and outreach and service to our neighbors to help equip them to meet the current challenges they face.
Please provide your employment history. McBee Ventures, Austin, TX Consultant, 2019-Present Advise clients on methods to convince state lawmakers to approve favorable legislation. Helped the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute develop and obtain funding for the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium by 86th Texas Legislature and helped develop the legislator-approved Consortium implementation plan. Guide clients on real estate, privacy and general law matters. University of Texas System, Austin, TX Special Assistant to Chancellor, 2018-2019 Appointed by Chancellor William McRaven to serve as the de facto chief of staff to Chancellor J.B. Milliken during his transition to head the University of Texas System, Texas’s largest university system. Managed the Office of the Chancellor and served as the liaison between the chancellor and other University of Texas System Administration officers. Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer, 2006 to 2018 Represented the UT System, its Board of Regents and the 14 UT academic and health institutions in interacting with the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Guided a 12-person staff in Austin and the Office of Federal Relations in Washington. Office of Texas Attorney General, Austin, TX First Assistant Attorney General, 2002-2006 Appointed by Attorney General Greg Abbott to lead his transition into his first term of office. Served as his deputy supervising all agency operations and nearly 4,000 personnel, including 650+ attorneys. Prior experience as Partner, Environmental Section for Bracewell and Patterson, Austin, TX; Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff for Office of Governor, Austin, TX; Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff for Office of Lt. Governor, Austin, TX; Chairman of Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), Austin, TX; Deputy Commissioner for Texas Department of Agriculture, Austin, TX; Special Assistant to Secretary to Cabinet, Washington, DC; Deputy General Counsel and Chief Deputy Director of Governmental Appointments for Office of Governor, Austin, TX; Partner and Associate, Corporate Section for Thompson and Knight, Dallas, TX
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. In addition to my professional accomplishments, my civic activities demonstrate a commitment to the City of Austin and the ability and experience to work in a variety of settings: Regents School of Austin, Austin, TX Over a ten-year period, served as chairman, vice chairman and director of the largest private school in Austin and one of the largest classical Christian schools in the country, with an enrollment of over 1,000 students and an annual budget of $18 million. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX Trustee and ruling elder of a 25-year old, 500-member congregation in East Austin that has given rise to four other churches throughout the city. Arts on Alexander, Austin, TX A founding director and initial secretary of a new nonprofit dedicated to supporting local, regional and international choral and instrumental groups and performances in East Austin. City School, Austin, TX Advisor to the head of school and board of an economically and ethnically diverse urban Christian school in the Dove Springs neighborhood that is a member of the Hoboken Network of urban schools around the country and that serves students from over 20 Austin-area zip codes.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Barry Ross McBee
District District 1
Does this application qualify? Yes