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John D. Colyandro

Prior to starting Colyandro Public Affairs, John Colyandro  served as Senior Advisor and Policy Director for Governor Greg Abbott, who also appointed him to represent the State of Texas on the Education Commission of the States, and the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee for the Health and Human Services Commission.

Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, John served for over a decade as Executive Director of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, a state-based think-tank that develops public policy recommendations. He also served as Executive Director of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a caucus of members of the Texas House and Senate.

John served previously as a campaign policy advisor to Greg Abbott for Attorney General of Texas and then as a gubernatorial candidate, and has had an active role in numerous campaigns throughout the United States including Texas Senator Phil Gramm’s presidential campaign.

Additional public service roles include chief of staff positions with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Railroad Commission.

John is married with one child.  His wife Gretchen is a stay at home mom who is active in their parish school after working in the President George W. Bush White House and in the office of the Texas Speaker of the House. John is an acolyte and lector at their home parish, and formerly served in the Texas State Guard.  

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Redefining Political Discourse in Texas with John Colyandro Part 1

As we enter into the session’s turbulent events, from internal party conflicts to high-profile trials, John Colyandro provides unique insights into the political process.

In this two-part conversation, discover how misinformation and social media play a role in shaping public opinion and why it’s crucial to base political discussions on facts. We explore the controversial topic of school choice and debunk some common misconceptions while shedding light on the challenges faced by special needs students in both public and private education.

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Texas wants to be a leader in CCUS, but there’s an ownership question to resolve first

Texas is one of the largest emitting states in the US and stands to become ground zero of the carbon management industry. But unlike other states, Texas law provides no clarity on ownership rights of pore space — the empty underground cavities where companies can pump and permanently store captured CO2. While surface rights and mineral rights are crystal clear, Texas hasn’t defined who owns those underground pore spaces.

Carbon Neutral Coalition Executive Director John Colyandro joined S&P Global reporter Brandon Mulder on the podcast to share his insights on the issues surrounding pore space ownership, how it could be holding back the industry, and ways it could be resolved in the upcoming legislative session.

Stick around after the interview for Jeff Mower with the Market Minute, a look at near-term oil market drivers.

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