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Carol McGarah

2014 Speaker

Carol McGarah has worked as a governmental affairs consultant in Austin, Texas since 2001. She represents several Fortune 500 companies and is well-known and regarded for her experience and knowledge of various topics including education, energy, environmental issues, financial institutions, IT and transportation. Prior to 2001, McGarah served as the committee director of the powerful Senate Natural Resources committee. Due to her work in this committee McGarah is known throughout Texas as an expert in air, water, energy and waste issues. McGarah dedicated countless hours to the preparation and passage of groundbreaking pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 1 in 1997 and Senate Bill 2 in 2001. Both of these bills dealt with state water management measures and greatly impacted the state. McGarah was also instrumental in the development and passage of SB 5 in the 75th Legislature, which created the Texas Emissions Reduction Program. This program has served as a model for numerous other states across the country, and has been a vital component in Texas meeting the Federal Air Quality Standards. @cmcgarah