Garry Mauro has worked for over 30 years at the local, state, and national levels. He began his political career working on campaigns, including the Texas portion of the 1972 George McGovern presidential race, where he first met Bill and Hillary Clinton. He ran the Texas component of Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, and later helped Hillary Clinton's effort to win the Democratic presidential primary in Texas in 2008. He served as Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office from 1983 to 1999, working aggressively to protect Texas beaches, to promote natural gas and plastics recycling, and strengthen the state's oil spill response programs. In 1998, he was the Texas Democratic Party nominee for Governor. He has received numerous honors and awards for his civic and philanthropic contributions in environmental, political, and business arenas, including the "Man of the Year Award" from the Texas League of Women Voters and the "Rising Star of Texas Award" from Texas Business Magazine. Mauro attended Texas A&M University and later got his law degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He now practices law in Austin.