Intergovernmental Relations Program

San Marcos Intergovernmental Relations Program

The City of San Marcos maintains a robust state and federal legislative program aimed at ensuring the interests of the City’s residents and businesses are protected and enhanced.  

The City Council has created a focused legislative platform which reflects the core values found in the City Charter’s Statement of Goals and the City Council’s Strategic Initiatives.   As directed by the City Council, the City participates in the Texas Legislative Session process through monitoring and actively advocating for or against legislation when appropriate to support or safeguard the interests of the City.  

Accordingly, the City participates in advancing the City’s goals with the federal Congressional delegation and with federal and state agencies involved in the funding and regulation of assets and services provided by the City of San Marcos to the people of our community. 

2019 Highlights


Federal Legislative Visit to Washington D.C.

April 30-May 1, 2019

During their annual two-day visit to our nation’s capital, the City Council met with federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Texas Department of Transportation Federal Affairs Office.  The Normandy Group serves as the City’s federal lobby and they also coordinated meetings with our Texas Congressional delegation including Congressman Chip Roy, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.  These meetings provide the opportunity for the Council to thank our delegation for their support and to update them on the City’s goals and programs. 

San Marcos Day at the Texas Capitol

April 25, 2019

As part of our state lobby efforts, Claudia Russell with Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta coordinated a Capitol visit for Council, staff, and Chamber representatives where resolutions in honor of San Marcos were read in the House by Rep. Erin Zwiener and on the Senate floor by Sen. Judith Zaffirini. 

Reception for Rep. Erin Zwiener

February 28, 2019

To welcome our newly elected Representative for District 45, the Council hosted a reception for Rep. Zwiener at the City Rec Hall which allowed City leadership along with elected officials and representatives from Hays County, Texas State University, the Chamber of Commerce, and other local organizations to mix, mingle and get to know one of our newest House members.