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Who is Ronnie McDonald?

Ronnie McDonald was Bastrop County Judge from 1998-2012 during a time in which the population of the county doubled. He was elected at age 27 and became the youngest to serve in that office in the State of Texas and the first African American to be elected to that office in Bastrop County. He oversaw a $31 million county budget and managed emergencies of flood and fire, including the largest fire in Texas history working across party lines to save lives and promote recovery. After retiring from the judgeship, he was government relations and education liaison for the firm McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen in Round Rock.

Prior to being elected a county judge, McDonald was in the state comptroller’s office as assistant executive director for Family Pathfinders and executive assistant to then-comptroller John Sharp, who is now chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. McDonald graduated from Texas A&M in 1993 with a bachelor’s in political science and business. He has been married to his wife, Ty Mills McDonald, for 20 years and the couple has three children.

Most recently, McDonald worked with the directors of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M Forest Service to provide direction on strategic priorities and focus. He served as the primary contact point for other partners by providing updates on a variety of joint interests such as natural disasters, providing AgriLife agency support to rural communities and grant/partnership opportunities. When joining the Texas A&M AgriLife team the following statements were made about McDonald:

“Ronnie brings enthusiasm and broad experience in both working in rural areas and within county government,” said Dr. Doug Steele, AgriLife Extension director, College Station. “His leadership and character will serve the people and communities of Texas well.”

Forest Service director Tom Boggus of College Station agreed.

“Ronnie demonstrated his excellent leader skills during the wildfire disaster of 2011 that claimed more than 17,000 acres of forest around Bastrop,” Boggus said. “His ability to make decisions and keep his public informed are traits that will carry over into this new role.”

McDonald said that he is excited about the prospects of going to work in Washington D.C. for the common good of all Americans. “Before I graduated from Texas A&M, I was afforded the opportunity of a congressional internship in Washington working for Congressman Greg Laughlin, who at that time represented a large portion of what is now District 27. Things seem to be coming full circle as I look at doing work in that area again. I’m looking forward to going back to work to help people get to work and working people to live their best lives.”


Ronnie McDonald for U.S. Congress
201 Hunters Crossing Ste. 10-126
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 699-8662
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