Karina Davis Discusses How She Got Involved in Politics

Karina Davis Discusses How She Got Involved in Politics


>>You know, I went to Texas A&M and I was a political
science major. And you know, I’m not sure
why I majored in that. I just thought politics
was interesting. And, you know, as I was
nearing graduation, you know, it hit me that I needed to
find a job and I was fortunate in having mutual friends
with a senator out of Waco by the name of David Sibley. And I got an introduction and
they happened to be hiring and I got hired as a
district aide in Waco. I worked there for, I guess, a year before the
legislative session in 1993, and I had been doing the
scheduling for Senator Sibley. And he thought, “You know,
I’d really like for you– ” he asked if I would
come down to Austin, because he thought it’d
be good to have somebody with a Waco perspective
in Austin. Came down to Austin, did
a legislative session, oddly covering Education
Committee for Senator Sibley and was immediately hooked. And I’ll never forget
that first session, just the euphoria I
felt after the session. As tired as I was, it
was just this euphoria at this wonderful experience. And I remember thinking,
“I’ve learned more in these five months
than I learned in the entire four
years of college.” And it was just fascinating,
this unbelievable download of information, of
contacts, of issues, of parliamentary procedure. You know, I loved every
aspect of it from the game to the policy to the people
and to the time, you know. It was just such a rush. And I knew I wanted to come
back to Austin eventually. But, you know, I ended up
working for David Sibley in a variety of roles. I even, you know, worked on
a campaign once for him and, you know, eventually became
his committee director of the Economic Development
Committee, then became his chief of staff, and worked for him
for 10 years and, you know, was fortunate in the experience
that I worked for somebody that was very active
and who, frankly, was an effective legislator. And I learned so much. And ended up after that experience trying my
hand at a state agency. I worked at the Department
of Insurance for a year and then came back as the legislative
director for David Dewhurst. I did that for about a year and then the parliamentarian’s
position came open and was very fortunate to be
appointed by him to that job.