On the opening day for the 86th Legislative Session, State Representative John Wray was sworn in at noon Tuesday, marking the start of his fourth term as the state representative for Texas House District 10.
Wray was joined in the House Gallery by his wife, Michelle, his children, Morgan and Patrick, and his mother, Jackie.
"It is an honor that the citizens of District 10 have chosen to send me back to Austin to represent them," Wray stated after the ceremony. "I intend to do just that and take steps to make Texas a better place for everyone who calls this state their home."
Also ahead of the 86th Session, Wray's office introduced new legislative and administrative staff.
"I'm excited that we've been able to field such a great team in time for the new session," Wray said, "I can't effectively represent the district without a dedicated, capable staff, and that's exactly what I've hired. They will prioritize the needs of my constituents and work to keep them involved and informed."
Benjamin Williams joins as the new chief of staff. He brings legislative experience from the past two sessions where he served for a Houston-area representative. He has covered topics such as property taxation, public safety, education funding, and economic development. Williams has a management background and is a former small-business owner.
Brittany Gaddy will assume the role of deputy chief of staff. In addition to a leadership role, Gaddy will manage a large portion of the Legislative workload. Gaddy has state and federal policy experience and is a former educator.
Recent Texas A&M graduate Julia Awad is serving as an intern through the Texas A&M Public Policy Intern Program. The selective program sends A&M students to work in offices in the State Legislature. Awad will handle administrative duties as well as legislation.
Also joining the team are University of Texas interns Abbey Melick from Waxahachie and Alyssa Crosby from Mansfield. Both are current students who are taking on the additional responsibility of the legislature in addition to their coursework.