Ahoy! Former Dallas congressman lands new job on the high seas

Former U.S. Representative Martin Frost
Former U.S. Representative Martin Frost Star-Telegram

Former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas, has a new gig.

The former lawmaker who represented portions of Fort Worth for 26 years until losing in 2004 said he now is a featured speaker on the high seas.

“I’m speaking on cruises,” Frost told Politex recently. “We just did a cruise to the Baltics in July.”

He’s also done a Mediterranean cruise and one in South America as well, speaking about three times during a cruise about politics and his time in Congress.

He hasn’t given up his day job, though. He’s still a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Retirement looming

Tom “Smitty” Smith, who has long led environmental efforts at Public Citizen’s Texas office, will hang up his hat next year.

After more than 31 years, Smith — a constant presence at the Texas Capitol, testifying more than 1,000 times before legislative committees — will retire.

“Smitty’s work has had an immeasurable impact on people’s lives in Texas,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Because of him, the air in Texas is cleaner, so fewer people are suffering from asthma or dying early because of pollution-related lung disease. Because of him, solar power in Texas is now cheaper than coal-generated power.

“Because of his mentoring of students and assistance in creating and helping new groups, consumer advocacy in Texas is more robust,” he said. “Smitty is an amazing and dedicated advocate for the public interest, and he has accomplished a staggering number of victories for Texans over the past three decades.”

North Texas campaign office

A Dallas campaign office for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is opening to serve as “a hub for organizing activity” to help Clinton and Democrats on the ballot. The office is at 1639 Walnut Hill Lane.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has not opened a campaign office in North Texas.

LBJ Center in D.C.

The University of Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson’s School of Public Affairs had a glitzy opening reception Sept. 20 for its Washington Center, and there was a feeling, not exactly that Texas was back as a Washington, D.C. power center, but that it never left.

For starters, the two guests of honors were House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Democratic leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. In a model of diplomatic choreography, Ryan arrived first, with full security detail, and spoke in the lobby of the building on New York Avenue (a former bus depot), and as soon as he left, Pelosi could be seen approaching — they crossed paths in the hallway.

And, oh yes, Texas royalty was there — both of LBJ’s daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb with her husband, former Sen. Chuck Robb, and Luci Baines Johnson. “Daddy, so much of his life he spent here. He cared about presidential politics,” Lynda Robb told Politex. “It’s a miracle having Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi here. What a highlight. It shows how you can get things done if you work together.”

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