Our Staff

Konni Burton

Konni Burton is Founder and CEO of The Texan. Previously, she was a grassroots activist who worked on numerous campaigns for local, state and federal races. Konni then went on to run for office and was elected in 2014 to serve Tarrant County’s Senate District 10 in Austin. Her experience as a grassroots activist, elected official, and taxpaying citizen provides a unique and valuable perspective on the political landscape in Texas. To invite Konni Burton to speak at an event, click here.

McKenzie Taylor

McKenzie Taylor serves as Senior Editor of The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests. Read McKenzie’s articles.

Rob Laucius

Rob Laucius is the Assistant Editor of The Texan. A Texas native, he graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2022 with a degree in History and has interned for the U.S. House of Representatives and Veterans Administration. In his free time Rob enjoys reading and writing, watching movies, and long walks around his neighborhood.

Anneliese Anderson

Anneliese Anderson serves as the Outreach & Operations Coordinator for The Texan. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with a degree in government, Anneliese worked for various political organizations. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time in Austin with friends.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. Read Brad’s articles.

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series. Read Daniel’s articles.

Isaiah Mitchell

Isaiah Mitchell is a reporter for The Texan, a Texas native, and a huge Allman Brothers fan. He graduated cum laude from Trinity University in 2020 with a degree in English after interning at the Dallas Morning News and co-founding The Tower, a campus monthly at Trinity. Isaiah loves playing music and football with his family. Read Isaiah’s articles.

Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify. Read Hayden’s articles.

Holly Hansen

Holly Hansen is a freelance writer living in Harris County. Her former column, “All In Perspective” ran in The Georgetown Advocate, Jarrell Star Ledger, and The Hill Country News, and she has contributed to a variety of Texas digital media outlets. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a degree in History, and in addition to writing about politics and policy, also writes about faith and culture. Read Holly’s articles.

Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a reporter for The Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over 20 years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor’s in government from Angelo State University. Kim is retired from home schooling her children and is now trying to figure out what to do with her spare time. She is happily married and has three wonderful young adult children and two dogs. Read Kim’s articles.

Matt Stringer

Matt Stringer is a journalist who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy in West Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and is presently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas. Read Matt’s articles.

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