Tom Holloway joined Cross Oak Group in 2019 after more than a decade as a senior staff member in the Texas House and Senate – serving most recently as the Chief Clerk of the powerful House Calendars Committee. In that role, he assisted Chairman Four Price and Speaker Dennis Bonnen in setting the daily legislative agenda for consideration on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives.
Prior to that, Tom worked for over seven years as Chief of Staff to Senator Charles Schwertner, MD – a practicing orthopedic surgeon and former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. As Chief of Staff, Tom directed the development of the senator’s public policy priorities and served as Schwertner’s principal advisor on all political and legislative affairs. He also facilitated numerous high-stakes negotiations between stakeholders and lawmakers, managed the constituent outreach efforts for a district of over 850,000 residents, and served as the Senator’s communications director and principal spokesperson.
Before his time with Schwertner, Tom served as Legislative Director for State Representative Fred Brown and as a press aide to former House Speaker Tom Craddick. In his time as a campaign manager, Holloway also led winning political campaigns for Senator Schwertner, Representative Brown, and Representative Jim Murphy.
As Cross Oak’s newest partner, Tom focuses on providing our clients with effective political messaging, sound policy development, strategic planning, and grassroots engagement. During his years of public service, Tom has established a broad range of policy experience spanning the fields of healthcare, insurance, energy, transportation, criminal justice, business and commerce, education, tax policy, and the state budget.
Holloway is a proud graduate of Texas State University, where he received his B.S. in Geography. Tom and his wife Ginny share a passion for politics and reside in Austin with their two dogs, Huck and Finn.