Incoming Texas state Senator Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) has named Steve Roddy as his Chief of Staff. Paxton will represent Senate District 8.

Prior to joining Paxton’s office, Roddy served as Associate Director of Policy and Planning of the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), a nonprofit corporation created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 to coordinate the development of Texas electronic health information exchange.

Prior to joining the THSA, he performed public policy consulting services following his tenure from 2004 to 2009 as Chief of Staff for state Senator Jane Nelson. Roddy served as Director of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services from 2003 to 2004, as Director of the Senate Special Committee on Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers from 2001 to 2003, and as Senator Nelson’s Legislative Director from 1996 to 2003 after beginning his Senate career as a Policy Analyst in the office of Senator John Leedom from 1991 to 1996. Roddy received a Bachelor of History degree from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity degree with a focus in Ethics from Southwestern Seminary.

Ken Paxton is a practicing attorney from McKinney as was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2012 after serving five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Senate District 8 includes portions of Collin and Dallas Counties, including Allen, Dallas, Fairview, Frisco, Lucas, McKinney, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Richardson, Sachse, St. Paul and Wylie.