RELEASE: Travis GOP makes first hire for 2020 election cycle


Oct. 16, 2019
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Travis GOP makes first hire for 2020 election cycle

Ed Check brings 3 decades of experience to critical election primary election management role  

AUSTIN —A veteran legislative and state government aide with a keen eye for detail joined the Travis County Republican Party staff today.

Ed Check will serve as Primary Administrator for the 2020 election season beginning Nov. 1, 2019.

The Texas election code allows for counties to contract with local political parties to administer open primary elections. As such, Check's duties will include: working with the Travis County Elections Division and the Texas Secretary of State's office to administer the March 3, 2020, Primary Election; recruiting a strong team of volunteers, election judges, and other workers necessary to assuring a smooth-running election; and overseeing the many details assigned to him by Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak to comply with state and federal election regulations.

“I'm pleased that Ed has agreed to serve as primary administrator for the Travis County GOP for the 2020 election cycle,” said Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. “His experience will be an asset to all Republican primary voters and to the county party. He will make all decisions related to the primary election.”

Check, most recently a contract and grant specialist with the Texas General Land Office, brings to the Travis GOP office over 30 years of experience in state government, Republican party leadership, and health care administration and research.

Starting his career as a manager with the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Check then became executive assistant to Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Pauken from 1995-97. After serving as an aide for several officials, Check became Legislative Aide for the late state Sen. Tom Haywood (R-Wichita Falls) for the 2001 session.

Check was named executive director of the Harris County Republican Party from 2001-02, before embarking on a successful career in state government. Serving in a variety of roles from legislative liaison to policy analyst, Check has worked for the Texas Comptroller's office, the Texas Residential Construction Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Land Office.

As Deputy Director of the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform in late 2006, Check oversaw an ambitious program that resulted in many of the tax reforms enacted in the 2007 legislature and which has helped guide new tax policy every session since.

Check is a graduate of Texas Woman's University in Houston and the University of Texas at Arlington. He lives in Austin with his wife, Lauri.

"I am honored by this opportunity and appreciate the confidence placed in me by Matt and the TCRP Executive Committee," Ed Check, newly hired Primary Administrator, said. "I look forward to working with the whole team, especially our dedicated election judges, to make this the best primary cycle in the county yet."

The Travis County Republican Party (TCRP or Travis GOP), in addition to administering an open primary election, is the official voice of the Republican Party in the Austin metro area. The mission of the Travis GOP is to elect more Republicans up and down the ballot and to promote the conservative principles of the party. To learn more visit


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