Lobbyist daughter of likely Texas Public Ed Committee chair quits job amid conflict-of-interest concerns

Lobbyist daughter of likely Texas Public Ed Committee chair quits job amid conflict-of-interest concerns

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The daughter of the likely re-appointed chair of the Texas Public Education Committee Rep. Jimmie Don Ayock has quit her job as a well-know education lobbyist in response to public concerns drawn over a potential conflict of interest.

Michelle Smith, the daughter of state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, has left her position at HillCo Partners following conflict of interest concerns regarding her role as a prominent education industry lobbyist and her father’s anticipated re-appointment as chair of the Texas House Public Education Committee.

In a “Clarity on Conflict Comments” statement released Friday, Aycock said Smith’s HillCo employment “predates my service as chair of the House Public Education Committee.” He further noted how “comments have persisted” despite both he and Smith filing the required disclosure forms along with….. read more here.

By Lou Ann Anderson

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