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Texas AFL-CIO Salutes René Lara, Wishes Him Well in New Endeavor

Ed Sills
09 Dec, 2021
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The Texas AFL-CIO salutes René Lara, who is leaving the Texas AFL-CIO to lobby independently, for his work on the state federation’s legislative program over the last 13 years.

“No legislative environment is tougher for working families than the one in Texas, and for well over a decade, René Lara poured his heart into advancing the Texas AFL-CIO’s positions at the Capitol under the most difficult circumstances,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

“We thank René for his resilience, for his long nights of work at the Legislature, and for his dedication to the principle of a fair shot for working families. We have no doubt our paths will cross again as René uses his considerable talents to build an independent lobbying practice.”

Lara, known around the Legislature for, among other things, publishing two editions of the book “Capitol Tips,” thanked the Texas AFL-CIO for providing him a forum to represent workers.

“It has been an honor to stand up for the working families of the Texas AFL-CIO before the Legislature,” Lara said. “I’m proud to have represented the high ideals and worthy goals of the labor movement in Texas. I am leaving a job, but the concerns of working families will remain with me as I open a new chapter in my career.”

Lara’s firm will be called Lara Public Strategies LLC. He may be reached at

The Texas AFL-CIO is the state labor federation consisting of 240,000 affiliated union members who advocate for working families in Texas.