Regan Beck is the director of Government Affairs for Texas Farm Bureau. He leads the Legislative and Commodity and Regulatory Activities areas.Read more
He joined the staff in January 2006 and formerly advised the Public Policy division on matters involving public policy law, the Texas Farm Bureau Legal Defense Fund and AGFUND, Texas Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Prior to this position, Beck served as an associate Legislative director for Texas Farm Bureau, where he focused on property rights issues, as well as utilities and tort reform.
Beck grew up on a ranch and worked as a full-time rancher raising cattle, sheep and goats from 1986-2002. He was very involved with the Texas Farm Bureau during this time, serving as president on the Concho County Farm Bureau board, as well as on numerous Farm Bureau state committees. Beck also served on the Concho Soil and Water Conservation District board and served two terms as a member of the USDA National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.
Beck holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Angelo State University. Most recently, he earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Beck and his wife, Liz, reside in Waco.
Billy HoweAssociate Government Affairs Director
Billy Howe came to Texas Farm Bureau as an associate Legislative director in September 1999. Before coming to Texas Farm Bureau, he worked in the Texas House of Representatives Read more
from 1993 until 1999. Howe was promoted to state Legislative director for Texas Farm Bureau in May 2002 and associate director of Government Affairs in 2016.
During the 1995 legislative session, Howe was the legislative aide for Representative John Cook. Appropriations and government efficiency were the primary focus of the office.
In 1997, Howe was the lead staffer for House Sponsor, Representative Ron Lewis, on the major water policy legislation, SB 1. In addition, Billy served as the chief committee clerk for the House Committee on County Affairs.
Howe served as the legislative aide to Representative Bob Turner during the 1999 legislative session. Agriculture and private property rights were the priority issues.
Howe’s main areas of focus since joining Texas Farm Bureau have been property rights and water.
Howe has served on multiple stakeholder groups regarding major water issues. He represented Texas Farm Bureau on the 2000 Groundwater Stakeholder Committee. This committee’s recommendations became the basis for major revisions to groundwater regulation made by SB 2 in 2001.
And, he has served on several Texas Water Conservation Association committees that have developed recommendations for the Texas Legislature. These committees provided recommendations on groundwater regulation, funding the state water plan, long-term permitting, aquifer storage and recovery and other issues.
From 2004 to 2008, Howe was the managing co-chair of the Texas Agriculture Council, a coalition of over 60 agricultural-related organizations.
Howe grew up in the North Central Texas farming community of Itasca, Texas. He graduated from Itasca High School in 1988, and then spent two years at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas. Howe earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 1993.
Howe and his wife, Courtney, have two children–a daughter, Peyton, and a son, William.
Jim ReavesState Legislative Director
Jim Reaves is the state legislative director for Texas Farm Bureau. In this role, Reaves will coordinate the organization’s legislative activities in Austin. Before joining TFB, Reaves servedRead more
as the director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA) to increase the organization’s presence and visibility in the legislature and within state agencies. He also served as the executive director for TNLA’s political action committee.
Reaves has served the state of Texas in many capacities from 1993 to 2006, including chief of staff for former State Representative Gene Seaman of Corpus Christi and chief committee clerk for State Representative Bob Turner of Coleman.
He has also managed three political campaigns for state representatives that stretched across Texas, adding experience and knowledge of the state’s political landscape.
Reaves is active in numerous organizations and committees. He was a founding member of the Texas Employers for Immigration Reform—a coalition made up of a large cross-section of business in the state to promote comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level—and currently serves on their executive committee. He chairs the Texas Agriculture Council and is a former board member of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council. Reaves also was a founding member of the Texas Water Smart Coalition (TWS), which is the first private and public campaign to educate water consumers about the need to conserve water.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government.
Reaves and his wife, Glynis, reside in Austin.
Marissa PattonAssociate Legislative Director
Marissa Patton is the associate Legislative director for the Texas Farm Bureau. She joined the organization in August 2013. Patton works at the Texas Farm Bureau Read more
Legislative office in Austin where she monitors issues and legislation pertaining to eminent domain, agricultural commodities, wildlife, rural affairs, land use authority and appropriations.
Patton was raised in Stamford, Texas, where her family maintains a small farming and ranching operation. She is a graduate of Stamford High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.
Prior to joining Texas Farm Bureau, Patton worked in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator John Cornyn. She also worked in Austin for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA).
Michael PachecoAssociate Legislative Director
Michael Pacheco is an associate Legislative director for Texas Farm Bureau and monitors taxes, energy and utility regulation, transportation and labor issues for the organization.Read more
Growing up in El Paso, Pacheco gained an invaluable understanding of farmers’ and ranchers’ numerous responsibilities while he spent time helping with his family’s horse, cattle and cotton operations.
He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009.
Prior to joining Texas Farm Bureau, Pacheco spent two years in Washington, D.C., where he simultaneously staffed Congressmen Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela on agricultural issues. He also served as the primary staffer to Vela in his capacity as a Farm Bill Conference Committee member.
He started his political career in the state legislature with then-State Rep. Pete Gallego, who represented the majority of West Texas.
Commodity & Regulatory Staff
Gene RichardsonCommodity and Regulatory Activities Director
Gene Richardson is director of the Commodity and Regulatory Activities division of the Texas Farm Bureau. He also is responsible for citrus,Read more
feral hog, forestry, hay and forage, nursery and greenhouse, wildlife, game ranch and outdoor recreation. Richardson also handles regulatory issues dealing with the Endangered Species Act and its impact on landowners and transportation.
Prior to this position, Richardson served as an associate director for Commodity and Regulatory Activities and as an area field representative for Texas Farm Bureau.
A native of the Lubbock area, Richardson attended Texas Tech University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Business and Economics from West Texas State University at Canyon. He was employed as district sales manager for Mycogen Plant Sciences.
Richardson farmed and ranched in Hudspeth County, where he was a county Farm Bureau director. He and his wife, Cristy, now live in China Spring near Waco. They have three married daughters and five grandchildren.
Jay BraggCommodity and Regulatory Activities Associate Director
Jay Bragg is associate director of the Commodity and Regulatory Activities division. Bragg handles dairy, horticulture crops Read more
and natural resources. In this capacity, he works to implement a state and national program to influence decisions of government agencies on rules and regulations, primarily concerning air, water and other environmental issues, that affect farmers and ranchers; to administer commodity division programs; to provide staff leadership on environmental and labor issues; and to assist Farm Bureau members with government regulatory and administrative actions at the local level.
Bragg graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Marketing. At the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, he worked with agricultural producers, soil and water conservation districts, universities and other agencies to develop grant projects to address statewide water quality concerns.
In 2004, Bragg began working for the Brazos River Authority as the permitting and regulations coordinator and later became the environmental planner for the Central and Lower Brazos River Basin.
Tracy TomascikCommodity and Regulatory Activities Associate Director
Tracy Tomascik is associate director of the Commodity and Regulatory Activities division. Tomascik is responsible for issues related to livestock and animal health.Read more
He joined Texas Farm Bureau in 2012 as a field representative in Central Texas before accepting his current position in Waco.
Tomascik earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2004. Following graduation, he coached the livestock judging team at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and then served as the animal science Extension agent in Rockingham County, Virginia. Prior to joining Texas Farm Bureau, he worked for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica as a cattle territory manager in North Carolina and the Texas Panhandle.
A native of Buckholts, Tomascik was raised on a cattle and hay farm. Today, he and his wife, Julie, manage their herd of seedstock and show cattle and continue to volunteer at livestock shows across the state.
Brant WilbournCommodity and Regulatory Activities Associate Director
Brant Wilbourn is associate director of the Commodity and Regulatory Activities division. Wilbourn handles agricultural risk mitigation, cotton, feed grains, peanuts, rice,Read more
sugar and wheat. In this capacity, he works to implement a state and national program to influence decisions of government agencies on rules and regulations that affect farmers and ranchers; to administer commodity division programs; and to assist Farm Bureau members in dealing with government regulatory and administrative actions at the local level.
Wilbourn earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University, both in Agricultural Economics. During his graduate work, he utilized economic modeling techniques to determine the economic feasibility of drip irrigation for farmers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Reared in Abbott, Wilbourn spent his childhood summers working on his family’s farm in Happy. He and his wife, Ashly, have one daughter and reside in Waco.
Stephanie McMullenAssistant General Counsel, Texas Farm Bureau
Stephanie McMullen is the assistant general counsel of Texas Farm Bureau. She joined the staff in October 1993. McMullen is responsible for campaign finance law, lobbying compliance, the Legal Defense Fund and public policy issues impacting Texas farmers and ranchers.Read more
McMullen grew up in rural Baylor County, where her family for three generations farmed wheat and cotton and raised cattle. While a student at Seymour High School, she attended what was then called the Texas Farm Bureau Citizenship Seminar, now the Texas Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference.
McMullen earned her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University and her JD from Baylor University School of Law. She resides in China Spring with her husband, Vic, and their two children.