In order for a lobbyist to be effective, he has to be trusted
and respected. Jim Short has gained the respect and confidence
of law makers throughtout Texas as a man who can be trusted to
know the facts on both sides of an issue and to tell the truth
about them. He doesn’t trade long-term credibility for short
term gains, and he always remembers those who supported the interests
of his clients.
Jim Short has spend his entire career at the point of interaction
between government and business. He served as a staff member in
Gov. Preston Smith’s office, as a lobbyist for the City
of Houston under Mayor Louie Welch, and as an independent lobbyist
representing clients well known for their political activities
and their impact on policy-making.
His successful track record is testament to his credibility.
Knowledge of the Political Legislative Arenas
Jim Short has a keen sense of the dynamics of the political and
legislative/regulatory systems. He understands the technical procedures
of government – legislative rules and processes, and the
organizational nuances of how different bodies and agencies relate
to each other.
He is also keenly aware of the ever-chaning relationships of
people, both individually and in their official roles –
relationships which often can determine the outcome of an issue,
even more than the facts themselves.
Participation in the Elective Process
In order to remain credible, a lobbyist must participate in the
elective process. Jim Short has had extensive experience in organizing,
managing and fundraising for Political Action Committees throughout
Texas. The fact that this participation is well known enhances
his credibility and effectiveness among law makers on all levels