Regan Beck is the director of Government Affairs for Texas Farm Bureau. He leads the Legislative, Political and Commodity and Regulatory Activities areas. Read More
He coordinates the Legal Defense Fund activities in policy-related litigation, and he also oversees AGFUND, Texas Farm Bureau’s political action committee.
Beck grew up on a ranch and worked as a full-time rancher raising cattle, sheep, goats and hay. Prior to joining the staff, he was involved with Texas Farm Bureau, serving as the Concho County Farm Bureau president and on numerous Farm Bureau state committees. Beck also served on the Concho County 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 Read More
Representatives 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.
Laramie AdamsNational Legislative Director
Laramie Adams joined Texas Farm Bureau’s Government Affairs division as the national legislative director in February 2017. In this role, he will work with the 38-member Read More
congressional delegation to implement Farm Bureau policy at the federal level.
Prior to joining Texas Farm Bureau, Adams served as the director of Public Affairs for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He has also held the communications and membership coordinator position for the Animal Agriculture Alliance and the communications director for U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, former chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He also served as the press assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for former U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
Adams grew up in the small farming community of Gustine, where his family still manages their farm and ranch.
He graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications. While at Texas Tech, he completed a fellowship in Austin for former state Senator Robert Duncan during the 2009 legislative session.
Adams and his wife, Catherine, live in Waco with their daughter, Louisa.
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 Legislative office in Austin Read More
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
Jay BraggCommodity and Regulatory Activities Associate Director
Jay Bragg is associate director of the Commodity and Regulatory Activities division. Bragg handles dairy, horticulture crops and natural resources. In this capacity, he works to implement Read More
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.
J.T. CarpenterCorporate Counsel
J.T. Carpenter has been with the Texas Farm Bureau since 2015. Prior to joining Texas Farm Bureau, J.T. practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he focused on business transactions, Read More
project development and general corporate matters.
He received degrees from Baylor University (BBA) in 2004 and South Texas College of Law (JD) in 2012. J.T. and his wife, Noelle, live in Waco with their two sons.
Stephanie McMullenCorporate Secretary/Counsel
Stephanie McMullen is the corporate secretary/counsel for Texas Farm Bureau. She joined the staff in October 1993. McMullen is responsible for campaign finance law, Read More
lobbying compliance, the Legal Defense Fund and public policy issues impacting Texas farmers and ranchers. As corporate secretary, McMullen serves as the assistant secretary of the board of directors and is responsible for maintaining corporate records.
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.