Since 1995, Roland Leal has maintained an independent consulting practice, providing lobby and strategic consulting services to business associations and private companies. Leal has helped some of the state’s largest companies develop policy positions and effectively communicate with the Texas Legislature, state, and local government agencies, and the Governor’s Office. His expertise includes healthcare, insurance, licensing and regulation, procurement, and state budget issues.
In 2004, facing threats from the Texas Association of Anesthesiologists, TANA hired Leal. Leal’s efforts were particularly helpful in fighting back supervision efforts and increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for APRNs to 92 percent.
In addition to traditional lobbying services, Leal’s consulting practice focuses on assisting clients with business development efforts. Leal maintains strong relationships with leadership at various state and local agencies and with businesses active in the Texas marketplace. Clients regularly call upon Leal to help develop critical relationships, implement a winning procurement strategy, and help solve business process issues.
Formerly, Leal served on the staff of the Senate State Affairs Committee and the Texas Sunset Commission. He has also served as a consultant to a major Texas House caucus and has performed research projects for the Texas Comptroller and Secretary of State.
Leal received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University at Austin, a Master of Arts in History and Political Science from Texas State University, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Stewart is an attorney and political consultant based out of Austin. He attended The University of Texas at Austin for both undergraduate and law degrees, focusing his studies on health law, the legislative process, and statutory interpretation. Kevin is also the author of the Texas Legislative Law Handbook and a member of the Campaign & Legislative Law Section of the State Bar.