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HDC Announces Cara Santucci as New Executive Director

Austin, TEXAS — Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) announced today that Cara Santucci, current Communications and Strategy Director for the House Democratic Caucus, has been promoted to Executive Director for the organization. Santucci will be replacing longtime Executive Director Phillip Martin, who will stay on as Senior Advisor for the caucus. After serving as Executive Director for more than four years, Martin has decided to take a step back in order to spend more time with his family and prepare for the next steps in his career.

Turner issued the following statement on the personnel change:

“I am thankful for Phillip’s incredible time, energy and effort on behalf of the Democratic Caucus, working every day with myself and all Members and staff of the HDC to strengthen our fight for Texas families. He joined the HDC team when I became Chair in February 2017 and has worked by my side for nearly five years to build caucus infrastructure, raise the funds to hire and manage a full four-person staff and, most importantly, to raise expectations for the policy, communications and operational support the caucus offers our Members. While we will miss having him in the office every day, I’m happy — as I know he is — that he’ll have more time to be with his wife and son, and I’m glad we’ll still be able to call on him to provide his valuable expertise in his new role as Senior Advisor.

“Fortunately, I’m confident our caucus will not miss a beat in this transition, as I am proud to name Cara Santucci our new Executive Director. Since joining the caucus in June 2020, Cara has proven herself time and again to be one of the smartest and hardest working staffers in the Capitol. Her communications skills have proven invaluable in delivering our message, and she took the lead on all our voting rights and redistricting efforts this past year. She steps into the role of Executive Director with my full confidence that she will continue to improve our work to fight for real solutions for all Texans.”

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