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.

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Drew White is the Senior Editor for The Texan. Most recently, he worked as the senior federal policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation after spending two years in the U.S. Senate serving as domestic policy advisor for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He also worked as a legislative strategist for Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and attended graduate school at Tel Aviv University. He currently resides in central Texas with his wife, son, and golden retriever, Emmie.

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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 chairing the Edmund Burke fan club.

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Tony Guajardo is a reporter for The Texan. He has been involved in politics since the fall of 2012 when he served as an intern for the now-retired U.S. Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio). He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University. Working with the Leadership Institute, Tony helped organize events for student groups at over 40 campuses in Florida and Michigan. He has connected students to news outlets like Campus Reform and Live Action News while bringing renowned speakers to college campuses.

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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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McKenzie Taylor serves as Operations Manager and resident plate-spinner for 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.