Ancira joined the speaker’s office in 2009 as general counsel. He had been acting chief of staff since March, when his predecessor, Denise Davis, stepped down to create the Austin firm Davis Kaufman with Lisa Kaufman.
Ancira was officially named chief of staff on Aug. 1. Prior to working in the speaker’s office, Ancira was an associate deputy comptroller and general counsel with the Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Dallas.
Along with his other professional experiences, Ancira credits his work with the FBI with helping him prepare for the challenges of his new job.
“What I learned there was always stay calm, cool and collected and be prepared,” Ancira says. “I use that as much as anything throughout my days here at the Capitol.”
— Jeanne Graham