Legislative Contact Teams become a key extension of SABORs lobbying effort by providing lawmakers the perspective from back home. SABORs Legislative Contact Teams are vital to the success of the association’s political and legislative advocacy, especially during legislative sessions.
There are 12 contact teams—one for each Texas lawmaker making up the Bexar County delegation. The teams, composed of SABOR members from the lawmakers’ home districts, are responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with their designated legislators and their staff. Legislative Contact Teams are also the centerpiece of REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol. During this biennial event, team leaders usually present Texas REALTORS® policy positions to their designated lawmakers. Then team leaders report lawmakers’ responses back to TAR—a critical component of the association’s legislative success.
SABOR elected officials at State level
|Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer||HD 116|
|Rep. Philip Cortez||HD 117|
|Rep. Leo Pacheco||HD 118|
|Rep. Roland Gutierrez||HD 119|
|Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins||HD 120|
|Rep. Steve Allison||HD 121|
|Rep. Lyle Larson||HD 122|
|Rep. Diego Bernal||HD 123|
|Rep. Ina Minjarez||HD 124|
|Open Seat||HD 125|
|Sen. Pete Flores||SD 19|
|Sen. Jose Menendez||SD 26|
In 2017, TAR’s Legislative Contact Teams were instrumental in the success of delivering the local perspective on TAR’s legislative priorities to the 13 members of the 85th Texas Legislature in Greater Bexar County. In 2015, Contact Teams promoted critical legislator-specific calls for action to encourage support for legislation that ultimately became statewide Proposition 1, the ban on real estate transfer taxes, which 86% of Texas voters approved in November 2015.
The work continues
Serving as a contact team member isn’t over when the legislative session ends. It’s imperative the teams continue their relationships with legislators and staff during non-session periods, as well. Contact teams who keep their legislators constantly informed on real estate issues and involved in local association activities are a vital part of the association’s lobbying efforts. A well-timed “Happy Birthday” message never hurts, either. If you are interested in becoming a contact team member or know of any SABOR members who already have relationships with state elected officials, notify them of the opportunity to participate in the Legislative Contact Team Program here at SABOR. For more information, please contact the Government Affairs Department at (210) 593-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.