Texas Conservation Association for Water and Soil
Todd Kercheval was born in Irving, Texas. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Houston, where he attended and graduated from Aldine High School.
After graduating from Sam Houston State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1997, Todd was hired by the Texas Racing Commission as supervisor over the drug testing and investigation at all tracks in Texas. While there, he reorganized and streamlined the reporting process used to monitor the large amount of data kept on horses and trainers.
In December 1998, he left the Racing Commission to assume the position as Clerk for the Senate sub - committee on Agriculture, reporting to the late Senator Tom Haywood. After handling the agriculture and natural resources issues during the 1999 session of the Texas Legislature, Todd joined the Texas Farm Bureau to implement a highly successful pilot program designed to create better understanding and cooperation between rural and metropolitan counties within the state.
In January 2003, he was asked to return to Austin and clerk the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism under Chairman Harvey Hilderbran. This committee coordinates issues related to Parks and Wildlife, The Historical Commission, Tourism and the Commission on the Arts. Todd served as Chief of Staff of this important committee, while also coordinating research and serving as senior policy advisor on legislation concerning natural resources, tax reform, and other critical issues.
Todd was instrumental in the 80th legislature’s passage of HB12, which revamped the state parks system and created a funding and operation structure providing for future growth.
Todd then served as Chief of Staff for Chairman Jim Pitts, who chaired the House Appropriations Committee. During his tenure there, the House unanimously passed HB1, the state budget. This is the only time in modern Texas history a unanimous vote occurred related to passing the budget. Todd currently owns and manages a successful consulting company with a variety of clients.
J PETE LANEY
J Pete Laney is a practicing attorney primarily handling litigation, administrative law matters, and governmental and legislative affairs.
In his trial practice, Mr. Laney handles cases in both state and federal court throughout Texas in a wide variety of matters involving agricultural law, oil and gas, business disputes, and matters regarding landowner rights. Mr. Laney has represented farmers, ranchers, Fortune 500 companies, as well as small businesses.
Mr. Laney represents clients before the Texas Legislature and state agencies on public policy and regulatory matters. Over the past decade, he has been involved in drafting and advocating major pieces of legislation and changes to regulations in the areas of agricultural law, water, healthcare, and others.
In his administrative law practice, Mr. Laney is active in representing clients in a wide array of licensing and regulatory matters at various state agencies, and routinely tries cases at the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and handles administrative appeals in State District Court and the Court of Appeals.
Mr. Laney has been named a Rising Star in Texas Law and Politics published by Texas Monthly. He is a Fellow of the Texas State Bar Foundation, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the Texas Bar, and has served on several State Bar Planning Committees.
Mr. Laney also has been a guest speaker at Baylor University School of Law, the University of Texas School of Law, and has made numerous presentations regarding the practice of law and governmental affairs.
Mr. Laney grew up in Hale Center, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University, and his law degree from Baylor University School of Law.
Todd Kercheval and J. Pete Laney represent TCAWS by educating and informing Texas legislators about conservation, natural resource, and agricultural concerns that affect member soil and water conservation districts across the state.
Representing the Interests of TCAWS Before the Texas State Legislature