A 25-year veteran of Texas policy-making and advocacy at the national, state and local levels, Billy Phenix brings seasoned relationships, hard work, and a proven record of landmark legislative achievements to his current role as a consultant and lobbyist representing diverse interests in Austin, Texas.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Texas Law School, Phenix began his tenured legal and political career as special assistant to then-Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. Upon Bullock’s retirement, Phenix went on to serve at the highest levels of Texas government, including chief advisor and later Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Director to then-Governor Rick Perry, legal counsel to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, and policy aide to then-Chair of the Republican Senate Caucus, Texas Senator J.E. “Buster” Brown.
Building on his legal experience in the private sector, Phenix also became an associate of the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.L.C., as a public finance attorney serving as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel for water districts, tax increment financing districts, and other entities.
Today, Phenix serves as President of Phenix-Saenz, LLC, advocating on behalf of a wide variety of clients and industries including private businesses, state and national trade associations, local political subdivisions and others. With an impeccable reputation among key leaders and staffers throughout Texas government, Phenix is known for building solid relationships and achieving results.
A lifelong Austin resident, Phenix is deeply committed to supporting the Austin community through his work as a founding member of the Young Austin Steering Committee for the University of Texas Law School, the Eanes Education Foundation Board, the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and a life member of the Texas Ex-Students Association.
Phenix and his wife have four children and enjoy chaotic travels at home and abroad. When he gets a few moments of solace, Phenix can be found fishing or on the golf course.