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Stalwart Strategies, Inc. (formerly The Blocker Group) is a full service public affairs firm dedicated to providing our clients with the necessary resources to achieve their public policy and political goals. We combine traditional techniques with advanced technology to create winning strategies. Whether you are a Fortune 100 company, an association of professionals, or a group of citizens united behind a common cause, we are here to help you succeed.

Trey J. Blocker is a native Texan with more than 20 years of political, legislative and legal experience. He represents various clients, ranging from small trade associations to Fortune 100 companies, with issues before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Subject matters cover the spectrum – from healthcare to taxation to oil & gas and beyond. He also serves as an ethics advisor to elected officials and candidates from both political parties, corporations, and PACs, helping them maintain compliance with the state’s complex campaign finance and legislative ethics laws.

Blocker began his journey in politics as an intern for the Governor of Texas in 1995. In a very short time, he literally worked his way from the mailroom to the executive suite where he assisted the Governor with daily tasks. Blocker then served as the legislative director for several members of the Texas House of Representatives, and then Chief of Staff / General Counsel for a prominent state senator.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Blocker joined one of Texas’ top law firms as a litigator, lobbyist, and ethics attorney. His litigation practice focused on eminent domain and land use matters, drawing on experience representing both condemners and landowners to ensure his clients received the best possible representation in this highly specialized field.

Blocker’s political experience includes working on several Texas House races and successfully managing a race for an open Texas Senate seat covering 36 counties. It was during this time Blocker began advising candidates on campaign finance law. He now has over 15 years of experience representing clients before the Texas Ethics Commission, forming and operating political action committees, and providing general guidance on ethics compliance issues.
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Born and raised in Austin, Margo Cardwell is a natural communicator whose sharp intuition for identifying solutions to complex policy dilemmas makes her an invaluable asset to the clients of the firm. In addition to lobbying, Margo is a seasoned ethics attorney, counseling PACs, candidates, and officeholders at all levels of state government on the legal and ethical requirements of political engagement, campaigning, and fundraising.

Margo attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she received her B.S. from the prestigious Walsh School of Foreign Service. While living in the nation’s capital, Margo was active in multiple campaigns and worked for a U.S. Senator from Texas. Margo attended law school at the University of Texas.

Upon graduating from law school, Margo served as general counsel to a state senator, where she learned the intricacies of the legislative process while covering policy in the Senate Committees on State Affairs, Finance, Business and Commerce, Veteran’s Affairs, and Open Government.

Prior to joining Stalwart Strategies, Inc., Margo was the chief policy analyst on Greg Abbott’s historic gubernatorial campaign. As a leading member of the policy team, Margo was instrumental in drafting campaign policy on a host of issues and developing the blueprint for the governor’s first legislative agenda.

Margo Cardwell is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and the Legislative and Campaign Law and Government Law Sections.

Education
B.S., Cum Laude, Georgetown University
Major: Science, Technology and International Affairs
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

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Drew DeBerry has nearly 20 years of experience at the highest levels of public policy development and implementation. He has dedicated his years of service to developing a wealth of knowledge and relationships that complement the growing range of clients at Stalwart Strategies.

DeBerry served on Governor Greg Abbott’s senior staff since the Governor came into office, most recently serving as Director of Budget and Policy, and as Policy Director prior to that. In those roles, DeBerry worked closely with executive agency commissioners, directors, and staff, as well as legislative offices, on all aspects of the state budget and programs throughout state government.

Prior to working for Governor Abbott, DeBerry was the Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture under then-Commissioner Todd Staples. This position followed several years at the federal level serving under President George W. Bush as the White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S.D.A. He began his career working in the legislative arena as a staff member in the Texas State Senate.

Throughout his extensive public service career, DeBerry has also worked on state and national political campaigns to develop grassroots coalitions and help direct overall campaign strategy.

Drew is the father of three outstanding and talented children and has served on the boards of directors of numerous charitable organizations raising funds for youth development and education.

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Gregory J. Macksood has over 12 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of issues in Texas and beyond. Greg has served as a trusted advisor to numerous Fortune 500 corporations and trade associations in developing political, legislative, media, and grassroots engagement strategies throughout the country.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he received his B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, he split time between Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. working for a national public affairs/government relations firm where his work focused on healthcare, tax policy, and natural resources. He relocated to Texas in 2005.

Prior to joining Stalwart Strategies Inc, Greg directed the government relations efforts in Texas for one of the nation’s largest energy companies for over 8 years. During this time, he served on numerous boards and in leadership positions at several trade associations. While learning how to navigate different political climates across Texas and effectively advocate for the energy sector he developed deep relationships at the Legislature and across state government.

Greg also has extensive experience representing interests before Texas regulatory agencies on issues including water, transportation, eminent domain, air, waste, land use and minerals. His deep knowledge of agency procedures makes him an effective advocate for his clients.

Greg’s political experience includes managing a statewide ballot initiative, creating issue advocacy coalitions and implementing media/communications strategies.

He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Dakota and two young children.

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Trey J. Blocker is a native Texan with more than 20 years of political, legislative and legal experience. He represents various clients, ranging from small trade associations to Fortune 100 companies, with issues before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Subject matters cover the spectrum – from healthcare to taxation to oil & gas and beyond. He also serves as an ethics advisor to elected officials and candidates from both political parties, corporations, and PACs, helping them maintain compliance with the state’s complex campaign finance and legislative ethics laws.

Blocker began his journey in politics as an intern for the Governor of Texas in 1995. In a very short time, he literally worked his way from the mailroom to the executive suite where he assisted the Governor with daily tasks. Blocker then served as the legislative director for several members of the Texas House of Representatives, and then Chief of Staff / General Counsel for a prominent state senator.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Blocker joined one of Texas’ top law firms as a litigator, lobbyist, and ethics attorney. His litigation practice focused on eminent domain and land use matters, drawing on experience representing both condemners and landowners to ensure his clients received the best possible representation in this highly specialized field.

Blocker’s political experience includes working on several Texas House races and successfully managing a race for an open Texas Senate seat covering 36 counties. It was during this time Blocker began advising candidates on campaign finance law. He now has over 15 years of experience representing clients before the Texas Ethics Commission, forming and operating political action committees, and providing general guidance on ethics compliance issues.

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Background
Born and raised in Austin, Margo Cardwell is a natural communicator whose sharp intuition for identifying solutions to complex policy dilemmas makes her an invaluable asset to the clients of the firm. In addition to lobbying, Margo is a seasoned ethics attorney, counseling PACs, candidates, and officeholders at all levels of state government on the legal and ethical requirements of political engagement, campaigning, and fundraising.

Margo attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she received her B.S. from the prestigious Walsh School of Foreign Service. While living in the nation’s capital, Margo was active in multiple campaigns and worked for a U.S. Senator from Texas. Margo attended law school at the University of Texas.

Upon graduating from law school, Margo served as general counsel to a state senator, where she learned the intricacies of the legislative process while covering policy in the Senate Committees on State Affairs, Finance, Business and Commerce, Veteran’s Affairs, and Open Government.

Prior to joining Stalwart Strategies, Inc., Margo was the chief policy analyst on Greg Abbott’s historic gubernatorial campaign. As a leading member of the policy team, Margo was instrumental in drafting campaign policy on a host of issues and developing the blueprint for the governor’s first legislative agenda.

Margo Cardwell is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and the Legislative and Campaign Law and Government Law Sections.

Education
B.S., Cum Laude, Georgetown University
Major: Science, Technology and International Affairs
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

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Drew DeBerry has nearly 20 years of experience at the highest levels of public policy development and implementation. He has dedicated his years of service to developing a wealth of knowledge and relationships that complement the growing range of clients at Stalwart Strategies.

DeBerry served on Governor Greg Abbott’s senior staff since the Governor came into office, most recently serving as Director of Budget and Policy, and as Policy Director prior to that. In those roles, DeBerry worked closely with executive agency commissioners, directors, and staff, as well as legislative offices, on all aspects of the state budget and programs throughout state government.

Prior to working for Governor Abbott, DeBerry was the Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture under then-Commissioner Todd Staples. This position followed several years at the federal level serving under President George W. Bush as the White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S.D.A. He began his career working in the legislative arena as a staff member in the Texas State Senate.

Throughout his extensive public service career, DeBerry has also worked on state and national political campaigns to develop grassroots coalitions and help direct overall campaign strategy.

Drew is the father of three outstanding and talented children and has served on the boards of directors of numerous charitable organizations raising funds for youth development and education.

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Gregory J. Macksood has over 12 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of issues in Texas and beyond. Greg has served as a trusted advisor to numerous Fortune 500 corporations and trade associations in developing political, legislative, media, and grassroots engagement strategies throughout the country.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he received his B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, he split time between Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. working for a national public affairs/government relations firm where his work focused on healthcare, tax policy, and natural resources. He relocated to Texas in 2005.

Prior to joining Stalwart Strategies Inc, Greg directed the government relations efforts in Texas for one of the nation’s largest energy companies for over 8 years. During this time, he served on numerous boards and in leadership positions at several trade associations. While learning how to navigate different political climates across Texas and effectively advocate for the energy sector he developed deep relationships at the Legislature and across state government.

Greg also has extensive experience representing interests before Texas regulatory agencies on issues including water, transportation, eminent domain, air, waste, land use and minerals. His deep knowledge of agency procedures makes him an effective advocate for his clients.

Greg’s political experience includes managing a statewide ballot initiative, creating issue advocacy coalitions and implementing media/communications strategies.

He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Dakota and two young children.

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Our extensive relationships at all levels of state government allow us to work with members from both parties to develop creative solutions to complex problems. As the reach of government continues to grow, so does its ability to affect you, your industry and your livelihood. Our job is to convincingly educate policy makers about your issues and concerns.

Effective legislative strategies begin during the election cycle, not the beginning of the legislative session. Our team of political strategists and consultants will help you identify candidates who share your values and help them win.

Want to engage in a referendum or ballot initiative? Our strategists will assist you with messaging, polling, and grassroots outreach to achieve your desired outcome.

The days of winning legislative and political battles with shoe leather and one-pagers is over. A winning strategy in our rapidly changing world requires the use of targeted social media campaigns to create effective coalitions and inspire educated action. Our team is on the cutting edge of these evolving technologies and utilizes them effectively on your behalf.

Our attorneys advise elected officials, political action committees, associations, and corporations to ensure compliance with the state’s intricate campaign finance and ethics laws. The public expects its elected officials and those involved in public policy to adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior. We help achieve that goal.

Our extensive relationships at all levels of state government allow us to work with members from both parties to develop creative solutions to complex problems. As the reach of government continues to grow, so does its ability to affect you, your industry and your livelihood. Our job is to convincingly educate policy makers about your issues and concerns.

Effective legislative strategies begin during the election cycle, not the beginning of the legislative session. Our team of political strategists and consultants will help you identify candidates who share your values and help them win.

Want to engage in a referendum or ballot initiative? Our strategists will assist you with messaging, polling, and grassroots outreach to achieve your desired outcome.

The days of winning legislative and political battles with shoe leather and one-pagers is over. A winning strategy in our rapidly changing world requires the use of targeted social media campaigns to create effective coalitions and inspire educated action. Our team is on the cutting edge of these evolving technologies and utilizes them effectively on your behalf.

Our attorneys advise elected officials, political action committees, associations, and corporations to ensure compliance with the state’s intricate campaign finance and ethics laws. The public expects its elected officials and those involved in public policy to adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior. We help achieve that goal.

Current and former clients of Stalwart Strategies, Inc. include: