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Meet the new staff!

August 25, 2014

We have a new session coming up in January and a completely new staff in my office. We wanted everyone in the district to have a chance to meet them since they will be the bridge between myself and District 92.

Nicole Atherton – Nicole has been the District Director for your House District 92 for the past year. Her job duties include assisting those who contact our office, managing the Representatives schedule, attending events on behalf of the Representative, and being actively involved in the community. In addition to her job as District Director, Nicole volunteers with Gladney Adoption home and at her local church. Nicole’s interest in politics began while in college at Hardin-Simmons University where she earned her Bachelors Of Behavioral Science in Political Science. After graduating from HSU Nicole moved to Colorado to further develop her career. While in Colorado she worked as a paralegal and at two different international non-profits that focused on community redevelopment. Nicole has worked on community redevelopment initiatives in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Thailand, and stateside in San Francisco. It was while she was working for the non-profit world that Nicole decided to make the move back to Texas to pursue politics full-time. Nicole is committed to serving those in House District 92. Please contact her at [email protected] or at 817-283-5300 if there is anything our office can do for you.

Tim Hardin – Tim grew up in Hurst, TX and was childhood friends with Jonathan. He went through the Birdville School district attending WA Porter Elementary, Smithfield Middle School, and Richland High School where he graduated in 2002.
After high school he worked his way up in a marketing company which he owned and operated for 2 years in Springfield, IL. At 22 he returned to school to pursue his degree. While in school and the University of North Texas he obtained his real estate license and practiced Real Estate with Coldwell Banker for a short time before the market crash of 2008. He graduated from UNT in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science.

After graduation he obtained his Insurance Adjuster’s License in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Connecticut. He spent a short time as an independent adjuster helping major carriers with catastrophe claims. Shortly, after he started his own construction business, Liberty Roofing and Remodeling that is still in existence today. After being involved in both Stickland Campaigns he was offered the Chief of Staff position and moved his family from Fort Worth to the Austin Area to work in the capitol.

Tim married his wife Luisa on March 31st 2011. Shortly thereafter, they had their first child Elijah James Hardin (2) and then Noah Levi Hardin (1). Luisa and Tim reside in Elgin, Texas east of Austin. Luisa is a homemaker and wonderful mother to their two children. They currently are members of Trinity Baptist Church in Austin.

Tim is currently working closely with his Legislative Director Murphy Simpson on upcoming legislation that Representative Stickland will be introducing in the 84th session.

Murphy Simpson – Murphy  grew up in Richardson Texas and attended high school at Ursuline Academy of Dallas. At the age of 16, Murphy took on her first waitressing job and worked there upon graduating in 2009. She has a passion and love for sports, which she has had throughout her life. Murphy played volleyball competitively throughout her life and qualified for the Junior Olympic Tournament in Salt Lake City in 2007.

Murphy went on to study Communications at Louisiana State University. She was part of the Phi Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega, where she participated in many philanthropy events at the university. Upon graduating in 2012, Murphy decided to pursue a career in politics after having volunteered on a political campaign.

She moved to Austin shortly thereafter and worked as a Legislative Aide during the 83rd Legislature. Murphy was in charge of constituent services and maintaining the Representative’s schedule. I had the privilege of hiring Murphy at the beginning of the special sessions, where I then brought her on to work on the campaign. Murphy moved to Bedford Texas to work as my Campaign Coordinator. She was in charge of all the field work and making sure we had enough boots on the ground.

After the campaign, Murphy was promoted to Legislative Director and returned to Austin to begin working on legislation with Tim Hardin, our Chief of Staff, for the 84th Legislature. She will be working on and managing all the policy that goes through our office.