About Us

Gonzalez Public Affairs and Consulting is a premiere governmental affairs consulting firm committed to providing our clients with the best possible road map to success. Our firm brings over 20 years of experience in the legislative arena and a wealth of knowledge, contacts and relationships which can be helpful to you. No matter your issue, we listen to your needs, develop a plan for success, and deploy our team to achieve your goals.


Daniel Gonzalez, MBA

Daniel Gonzalez is President/CEO of Gonzalez Public Affairs & Consulting and has over 20 years of experienced in many facets of state government and the regulatory structures. From 2000-2019, Daniel worked with the Texas Association of REALTORS (now known as Texas REALTORS), the largest trade association in the great state of Texas. 

Daniel was ultimately promoted to Chief Lobbyist and Director of Legislative Affairs. He is the longest-serving and most successful person to hold this position within the REALTOR organization.

His responsibilities included legislative and regulatory lobbying, political fundraising and disbursement, independent expenditure engagement, grassroots development, and partnering with local REALTOR board governments affairs directors.. He was also instrumental in many statewide issue campaigns, developing statewide initiatives and goals, and assisted in the development of the largest trade association political action committees (TREPAC).

Daniel has successfully advocated in the following public policy issues: property taxation, real estate, transportation, title insurance, energy, public education, appraisals, eminent domain, water, financial, and campaign finance reform. In addition, Daniel successfully led in passing passing five constitutional amendments; one of which constitutionally prohibited real estate transfer fees in Texas.

Daniel continues to engage with the Texas REALTORS as a long-term consultant and seeks to bring his knowledge and talents to other clients seeking unparalleled representation and success. 

 

EDUCATION

  • Masters of Business Administration, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas
  • Bachelor of Political Science, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES


Legislative Accomplishments

2019 – Property Tax Reform Give taxpayers more info about how tax rates are set and how to engage in the rate-setting process. Changed the rollback rate for most cities and counties from 8% to 3.5% and require voter approval to exceed the rollback rate.

2019 – School Finance Reform Comprehensive reform of the state’s public-school finance system and property tax system to lessen the burden on local property taxpayers while increasing the state’s investment in educators and students.

2019 – Ended Forced Annexation Require a municipality seeking to annex an area into its limits to hold an election for the affected residents

2019 – TREC Sunset Review Extend TREC for six years, maintain SDSI status, require additional reporting to the Legislature, Governor, and Sunset Commission.

2017 – Supported legislation prohibiting cities from imposing fees on all new residential and commercial construction.

2017 – Supported a bill providing buyers with information about the impact of nearby military installations.

2017 – Required cities in populous counties that want to annex an area to receive voter approval in the area to be annexed.

2015 – Passed a constitutional amendment to ban any tax on real estate transfers and increase the homestead exemption to $25,000 in one motion.

2015 – Repealed a $300 fee that double-taxed brokers for their two year license

2015 – Supported substantial business tax relief with a 25% reduction in the franchise tax rate

2015 – Revised the property appraisal process to ensure equal and uniform property valuation

2015 – Supported legislation to improve Texas roads by ending diversions from the Texas Highway Fund, decreasing bond debt, and allocate motor vehicle sales taxes to the state highway fund

2015 – Required a super majority vote and notification on the taxing unit’s website before a local taxing jurisdiction may increase a property-tax rate

2015 – Enacted protections against bad-faith claims of patent infringement against end users located in or doing business in Texas.

2015 – Supported changes to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to improve funding, efficiency, and private market participation.

2013 – Played a key role in addressing the state’s long-term water and public education needs

2013 – Helped enact critical consumer-protection laws in the property-tax lending industry

2011 – Fought for and passed a revision to the Deceptive Trade Practices Act that effectively exempts real estate brokerage from liability under the act—as long as the broker or agent hasn’t committed an unscrupulous or illegal act

2011 – Helped the Texas Real Estate Commission attain a self-directed, semi-independent status, insulating the agency from future state-mandated budget cuts and enabling TREC to better serve licensees and consumers

2011 – Passed a measure eliminating most future private transfer fees on real estate transactions

2011 – Enacted strong consumer protections in eminent-domain proceedings

2011 – Passed numerous HOA-reform bills that increase homeowners’ rights and promote more efficient, transparent and effective HOA management

2009 – Defeated multiple proposals to tax real estate, including several bills requiring the creation of a tax on every deed recorded by the county clerk

2007 – Prevented a property tax from being imposed on personal vehicles also used in the production of income

2005 – Codified regulations relating to a minimum level of service a real estate broker must provide to a consumer

2003 – Defeated a proposal which would have created a 1% real estate transfer tax on the sale or lease of all real property

2001 – Killed legislation that would have levied an 8% sales tax on the sale of all real property — commercial, residential, farm and ranch, industrial, raw land—all of it.

 

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