2015 Class

2015 Class of Clements Scholars

Jessica Bearden

Office of State Rep. Phil King. I have had the privilege of growing up in Weatherford, Texas with a wonderful family. I want my life to make a difference by helping to restore the moral foundation upon which this nation was created. I have a passion for America and for my home state. Through the Clements Program and TCCRI, I hope to gain deeper insight into government and conservative principles.  I am currently pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in History at Texas Christian University. I will graduate in December 2015. I am excited about this opportunity to work in the office of the respected State Representative, Phil King.

Trey Brown

Office of State Rep. Tom Craddick

I am a second year student at The University of Texas School of Law where I am an associate editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. I’m originally from Odessa, TX, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in philosophy. I’m excited to continue my professional development as an intern under Representative Tom Craddick of District 82.

Michelle Brucato

Office of State Rep. Jason Isaac

My name is Michelle Brucato and was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I am a junior at the University of Texas, majoring in Government and minoring in Business. During the 84th Legislative Session, I will be working for State Representative Jason Isaac. The Clements Program will allow me to further dive into Texas politics and help prepare me for future endeavors. I plan to get my MBA and pursue business and politics.

Richard Gee

Office of State Senator Van Taylor

My name is Richard Gee, and I am first generation American who was born in Texas. I have lived in Mexico, Dallas, Connecticut, and North Carolina before attending SMU where I studied economics, political science, and philosophy. In between school years, I interned in various offices: representatives Jason Isaac, Cindy Burkett, and Van Taylor. Taylor has since been elected to the senate, and I will be working with him as a Legislative Aid this session.

Krista Harvey

Office of State Rep. Bill Zedler

I grew up in Belton, Texas and now live in San Marcos with my dog, Ranger. I attend Texas State University and will graduate in Summer 2015 with a degree in Healthcare Administration. After, I plan to continue education at law school. I am very excited to learn more about health reform through the Clements Scholar Program.

Bradley Hurt

Office of State Senator Larry Taylor

My name is Bradley Hurt. I am a junior at Texas State University in San Marcos, where I major in Public Administration with a minor in Political Communication. On campus, I am an active member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and have served in multiple leadership positions. These include Greek Liaison, Co-Chairman of Fundraising, and Sargent at Arms of my pledge class. Off campus, my interests include just about anything that can be done outdoors. I especially enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and sports. I am an avid water skier and my passion is tennis. I Graduated from Churchill High school in San Antonio in 2012 and played tennis there for all 4 years, lettering and being selected for First Team All-District 5A. I was also very active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout for troop 498 during my senior year of high school.

Ross Leake

Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

My name is Ross Leake and I currently attend the University of Texas at Austin where I study Economics and Mandarin Chinese. While I am not attending to my studies I enjoy exploring the hiking trails near Austin and skiing in Taos, NM. I hope to one day serve the state of Texas through financial and economic consulting.

Jeff Stice

Office of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Jeff Stice was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and has excelled both academically and in his professional career. He began working for a state representative early in high school through a summer internship program, and has been interested in Texas politics ever sense. During college, he staffed the 83rd legislative session and soon after joined Dan Patrick’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Jeff graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2014 with a double major in Political Communications and Economics. He has always enjoyed spending time with his nuclear and extended family throughout the Austin area, and his hobbies include mountaineering, video games, and table tennis. He possesses Texan values such as hard work, integrity, and persistence that will be invaluable in his future career.

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