Ancira and Wynn to Lead TML Advocacy Efforts


For Immediate Release

Monday, January 6, 2020


Ancira and Wynn to Lead TML Advocacy Efforts 


The Texas Municipal League (TML) announced today that Jesse Ancira and Monty Wynn will lead TML’s advocacy efforts.  Ancira will serve the League as Senior Legislative Advisor and Wynn will assume the roll of Director of Grassroots and Legislative Services.


Jesse Ancira most recently served as Chief of Staff to House Speaker Joe Straus, as well as Mayor for the City of Taylor for four of his six years on Taylor’s city council.  Ancira is also a former special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigations and previously worked for the Comptroller of Public Accounts as Associate Deputy Comptroller and General Counsel.


Monty Wynn has worked in and around state government for nearly 30 years.  He will lead the League’s legislative efforts and work to better engage local officials in the legislative process.  Wynn has been with TML for 13 years after working for two Comptroller of Public Accounts as  legislative liaison.  He is also a former Committee Director for the House Public Education Committee and has worked in the Texas Senate.


“Jesse's and Monty’s experience at both the state and local levels will provide valuable guidance to the League in the new year.  City officials should know that they are well served in our advocacy efforts at our state capitol,” said Bennett Sandlin, TML Executive Director.

Jan 29

[ARCHIVED] United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Big Win for Texas

The original item was published from January 29, 2020 1:27 PM to January 29, 2020 1:30 PM

Texas Municipal League
For Immediate Release

January 29, 2020


United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Big Win for Texas

On Wednesday, January 29, President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Texas Municipal League (TML) President Eddie Daffern, Mayor of the City of Staples, was present for the historic signing at the White House. 

The Texas Municipal League endorsed the passage of the new trade agreement, which was approved by both chambers of Congress with unprecedented bipartisan support, 89-10 in the Senate and 385-41 in the House.  The agreement will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) fulfilling a core promise the President made to the American people. USMCA, which the President successfully negotiated over a year ago, rebalances trade between the three countries and will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.

“USMCA will better serve the interests of our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses, and level the playing field for U.S. and Texas companies in global markets,” said Daffern.

“Whether it is computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, chemicals, or oil and gas, every city in Texas has a stake in promoting foreign trade,” Daffern continued. “The USMCA will ensure higher standards, allow our companies to be more competitive, and create more jobs for Texans.”

You can find the text of the new agreement here.

The Texas Municipal League is a voluntary, non-profit association of 1,161 member cities founded in 1913 to help city leaders better serve Texans who live in cities.