The Texas AFL-CIO is excited to announce that Emily Amps will be joining the organization as Director of Politics and Policy. Amps will oversee the state federation’s political and legislative advocacy, growing existing programs and building new ones aimed at advancing the cause of working families in Texas.
Amps currently serves as Chief of Staff for State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, and as Committee Director for the House Business & Industry Committee, which oversees House consideration of major labor issues. Her broad portfolio of experience at the Legislature and in political operations includes a stint as Deputy Campaign Manager for successful reelections of former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards.
D'uring my 25-year career in politics, I’ve had the honor of working side-by-side with union activists on issues that matter not only to the 240,000-plus members of the Texas AFL-CIO, but to all Texans,” Amps said. “This new position is an incredible opportunity to play an even bigger role in supporting the labor movement by helping to elect candidates who support our mission and by championing good public policy that supports working women and men across our state."
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said the qualities and experience that Amps brings are exactly what working families need in this historical moment.
“In our work at the Texas Capitol and on the campaign trail, the Texas AFL-CIO has seen Emily’s values, her integrity, and her work ethic up close,” Levy said. “She has the technical know-how, the policy-making expertise, and the fighting spirit necessary to lead our efforts to create a better Texas. We are so proud and honored that she has chosen to join us and use her considerable talents to build power for workers, and we look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”
Amps is scheduled to begin at the Texas AFL-CIO on Dec. 1.
The Texas AFL-CIO is the state labor federation consisting of 240,000 affiliated union members who advocate for working families in Texas.