Tristan “Tris” Castañeda, Jr. has over thirty years of applied experience in local and state governmental relations. Castañeda joined Longbow Partners as an equity partner and is responsible for business development, direct advocacy, and counseling Longbow’s clients on environmental, transportation, workers’ compensation, appropriations, tax, economic development, land use, telecommunications and utility matters in connection with the Texas Legislature and on various permit and rulemaking issues before state agencies.
Over the years, Castañeda has successfully represented and provided strategic counsel to numerous private sector, public sector, and non-profit interests.
Before joining Longbow Partners, Castañeda managed for the last 10 years, the Texas government relations practice at Baker Botts, L.L.P., a large international law firm. During that time, he was responsible for all aspects of state government advocacy.
Prior to joining Baker Botts L.L.P., Castañeda was a financial partner in a highly successful independent lobby practice for more than seven years where he served as the primary consultant to several of the Firm’s clients.
Earlier in his career, Castañeda worked in the Texas Attorney General’s Office as part of the Intergovernmental Relations team, working on appropriations, insurance, healthcare, money laundering, municipal and environmental related issues. Castañeda also worked as the Vice President of Government Relations for The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, leading all the advocacy efforts at the state and local level.
In addition to his state governmental relations experience, Castañeda has substantial municipal government experience, having worked as a Special Assistant to former San Antonio Mayor, Henry Cisneros and other assignments within the administration. Castañeda also served as Chief of Staff to a San Antonio City Councilman.
Castañeda graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Political Science and Public Administration, and minoring in Economics (1985). He subsequently received a Master’s degree in Public and Institutional Administration, also from St. Mary’s (1988).