2017 Class

2017 Class of Clements Scholars

Ashton Moore

Rep. Kevin Roberts

My name is Ashton Moore, and I am a proud graduate of Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. I earned my B.A. in Government with a minor in African American History. While studying at UT, I interned at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). While at TPPF, I refined my belief in conservative ideology and fiscal responsibility. My research included topics such as tax lien transfers, title insurance, and government accountability. When not studying how to improve the economy, I enjoy networking, volunteering, and sports. During the 85th Legislative Session I will be working as a legislative aide for Rep. Kevin Roberts. My goal is to assist my representative in serving the great people of Texas.

Colton Duncan

Rep. Paul Workman

Colton is originally from Lubbock, TX. In pursuit of his dreams, he left the plains of West Texas and found himself nestled in the heart of the Hill Country. He is now a junior at Texas State University studying Political Science. His immense passion for politics and true servant’s heart are exemplified in his involvement with a number of organizations, as well as his role as a student leader on campus. Colton serves the student body at Texas State as the Press Secretary and At-Large Senator for the Student Government. He is the President of the Texas State College Republicans and the Public Relations Chair for the Texas Federation of College Republicans. In addition to advancing the conservative movement on campus, he also works to spread conservative ideals in his community by acting as Political Action Director for the Hays County Young Republicans. A good work ethic, conservative values, and a strong moral compass are all things Colton holds in high regard. By expanding his understanding of the legislative process, growing his knowledge of Texas politics, and building on the achievements he has accomplished thus far, he hopes to one day give back to the country that has afforded him all the blessings and opportunities present throughout his life.

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” -President Calvin Coolidge

Daniel Manks

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst

My name is Daniel Manks, and I am a senior at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. I am majoring in Political Science, and Communications. During the 85th Legislative Session, I will be working for State Senator Lois Kolkhorst as a Legislative Aide. I carry a pocket Constitution with me, as it is vital to know my inalienable rights. The Clements Scholarship and TCCRI have allowed me the opportunity to get first hand experience in public policy, and the inner workings of Texas’s government.

Elizabeth Haynie

Sen. Larry Taylor

My name is Elizabeth Haynie, and I am a junior at the University of Texas with a major in Political Communication Studies and a certificate in Elements of Computing. I am from New Braunfels, Texas and have been an intern for Senator John Cornyn and a delegate to the 2016 GOP State Convention. My main interest is in creating public policies, which can drastically increase the affordability of college.

Evan Reid

Sen. Donna Campbell

Evan Reid was born in Bedford, Texas. He graduated from Trinity High School and is currently a junior studying electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Although he studies engineering, he has always had a passion for government and politics. While at UT, he joined College Republicans and served as the club’s administrative director for three semesters. He interned for Representative Spitzer during the 84th legislature and looks forward to interning during the 85th legislature as well. After graduation he intends on going to law school, to pursue a career in technology or patent law.

Gustav Gygi

Rep. Jason Isaac

My name is Gustav Gygi, I was born in Elkhart, Indiana, but raised in Watauga Texas. I am currently attending Stephen F. Austin State University and will graduate summer of 2018 with a major in history and a minor in political science. Upon graduation, I plan on attending law school in Texas. I look forward to gaining first hand knowledge of the political process as well as different aspects of the law and hope to make whatever difference I can to make this great state of ours even better.

Horace Tipton

Rep. Ron Simmons

My name is Horace Tipton. I graduated from Texas Christian University in December of 2016 where I studied political science. Originally, I am from Memphis, Tennessee, but I had the privilege of growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, where my parents were missionaries. I am excited for the opportunity to join the Clements Legislative Study Program, and I look forward to learning about the political process.

Julia Reeves

Rep. Cindy Burkett

My name is Julia Reeves and I was born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas. I have lived there all of my life, until I moved to San Marcos in the fall of 2014, to attend Texas State University. I am currently a junior, and I am pre-law with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a minor in Business Administration. I hope to further my education after my years as an undergraduate, by attending law school. I have been riding horses since I could walk, and I am captain of the Texas State Equestrian Team. I have been involved in student organizations such as Phi Alpha Delta Co-ed Law Fraternity and College Republicans. I am looking forward to learning and contributing through my participation in the Clements Legislative study program.

Kelly Robinson

Sen. Don Huffines

My name is Kelly Robinson, and was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am a senior at the University of Texas, majoring in Government and minoring in Business. During the 85th Legislative Session, I will be working for State Senator Don Huffines. The Clements Program will allow me to further dive into Texas politics and gain deeper insight into government and conservative principles. After graduation, I hope to attend law school in Texas and practice Oil and Gas Law.

Logan Davidson

Rep. John Wray

Logan Davidson is a senior at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Political Communication. He is an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was a member of Texas Tech’s men’s rugby team before sustaining an injury requiring his retirement. Logan has experience working in politics at the local, state, and federal level with a diverse background including legislative internships in the state and US Houses as well as campaign experience, district experience, and an internship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He enjoys road tripping for college football games, watching the Dallas Stars as they march towards the Stanley Cup, and attending concerts with friends.

Madison Yandell

Sen. Kel Seliger

I am senior studying Government at the University of Texas at Austin. I was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Wichita Falls, TX. After graduating, I plan to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy. I recently served as the President of College Republicans at Texas chapter and have been involved in various other organizations on campus including student government, the Center for Politics and Governance, and several service oriented organizations. I developed a passion for politics and policy during my freshman year while working on a Lt. Governor campaign. Since then I have worked in the Texas Department of Agriculture, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione’s office, Harris Media, the Governor’s Budget and Policy Office, and the UT System Office of Governmental Relations. I am excited to be going back to the Capitol this spring to help shape public policy and promote limited government and free enterprise.

Saurabh Sharma

Sen. Van Taylor

I am a second year student at The University of Texas College of Natural Science where study Biochemistry with a minor in Government. Over my lifetime I have lived in 10 different cities across the United States and India and underwent my personal awakening to constitutional conservatism during my last year of High School. My desire is to begin a tenure in politics after a career in medicine someday. It is with that goal in mind that I sought a position in the Capitol this session. I am honored and deeply humbled to be working in the office of my State Senator Van Taylor during the 2017 legislative session and to have received the prestigious Clements Scholarship from the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.

Abby Sinclair

Gov. Greg Abbott

I am a native Texan, born and raised in Fort Bend County. I am a senior at Texas State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration. During the 84th Legislative Session I had the pleasure of interning for Representative Dennis Bonnen while simultaneously working for the Republican Party of Texas as the Youth Outreach Coordinator. After I graduate I intend to continue my pursuit of Texas politics. I will be working in the Governor’s Budget and Policy Office as a fellow during the 85th Legislative Session.

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