Meet Team Howard 


Donna Howard

Rep. Donna Howard was first elected to the Texas House in 2006. She is currently in her third session as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget. For Appropriations, she sits on the Article III Subcommittee – which handles education spending – and on the Budget Transparency and Reform Subcommittee. Donna is the Vice Chair of the Calendars Committee, which sets the schedule for the consideration of bills on the House floor, and is also a longtime member of the Higher Education and House Administration Committees. She is a well-respected leader on school finance, nursing, and women's health.


Scott Daigle, Chief of Staff

Scott has served in Rep. Howard's Office since 2006, focusing primarily on health & human services issues. Prior to that, he was a professional actor, and toured the country taking poetry into schools. A New Orleans native, Scott moved to Texas after being cast in a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is a former Vice-Chair of the City of Austin Arts Commission, and can often be found listening to live music on Red River.

Contact Scott about health and human services issues:

Jacob Cottingham, Legislative Director

Jacob Cottingham was raised in Louisville, Kentucky and educated at Bard College and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. When he's not enjoying the thrilling experience of raising two small children, he relaxes by smoking meats, sipping bourbon and swapping stories with friends. After starting two publications in Savannah, Georgia he and his wife travelled the country for 10 months in a 1972 Airstream Land Yacht, after which they decided to call Austin home and promptly boon-docked in the Threadgill's parking lot. Since then, he's worked for the City of Austin, Travis County and the State of Texas.

Contact Jacob about budget, technology, and local government issues:



Lauren Hadley, Director of Constituent Services

Lauren graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Interdisciplinary Certificate in Public Policy. She worked as a Legislative Aide for Senator Kirk Watson during the 2015 - 2016 Legislative Interim. Before that, she served as a Senate Messenger for the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office during the 84th Legislative Session.

Contact Lauren about Representative Howard's schedule:

Max Lars, Policy Analyst

Max Lars is the Policy Analyst for Representative Howard. He is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana but has called Texas home for the last three years. Max is a graduate of Southern University-Shreveport and is a big fan of Saints football and often considers himself a "Bar-B-Que Connoisseur."

Contact Max about public and higher education issues:



Kristi Fogle, Policy Intern

Kristi Fogle is a Policy Intern for Representative Donna Howard. Kristi is in her final semester of graduate school at the University of Texas School of Social Work, where she has focused on health care, education, and other social justice topic areas. Originally from Denton, Kristi is a native Texan, and enjoys spending time outside and all things food.

Contact Kristi about health care policy: