Rebekah Kay, EFH’s director of political affairs, has been named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes a wide variety of business professionals who are at the top of their game and are committed to the North Texas community.
POV sat down with Rebekah, who manages the three employee political action committees of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy along with the two board PACs of EFH, to find out what powers her passion for politics.
POV: Have you always been interested in politics and energy?
Rebekah: “I’ve certainly been interested in politics for at least half of my life. It started with a fundraiser for a state representative that I attended with my dad in high school, then through a nail-biting, 10-vote margin race for senior class president! Four years after winning that election, I interned for a different state representative in Austin my senior year of college, then moved to Washington, D.C., to work on Capitol Hill. I lived there for seven years before returning home and running a congressional district office.”
Why are PACs important?
“Many people don’t realize that it’s illegal for a company to donate money to a candidate or political party. Our PACs are how we can financially support those who support us and allow us to build relationships with those who influence our industry. PAC members not only contribute their financial resources, but they engage by casting their vote and by contacting their elected officials during grassroots campaigns.”
What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love getting to know so many of our employees! When I was on Capitol Hill and handled energy issues for my congressman, I had the opportunity to get to learn about (then) Texas Utilities and TXU and its Washington staff. I was always so impressed with the operations I visited and the professional yet personable employees I met. Eighteen years later, I’m still impressed with the enterprise.”
What’s your favorite/most memorable experience so far of working here?
“I’ve never followed celebrities much, but I do get excited when I meet influential people. The fact that Secretary Don Evans is our chairman is impressive to me. I enjoyed it recently when I was part of a small tour of Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant with George P. Bush, or when we hosted Speaker John Boehner at EFH headquarters, or civil rights activist and then Majority Leader Jim Clyburn. I also really like it when I get to see all of the big equipment we have at our Luminant facilities – that’s some serious machinery our employees operate!”
How does it feel to receive this 40 Under 40 recognition?
“It’s certainly an honor. It’s funny how we do our job and try to do it well but don’t realize that what we’re doing is recognizable. The part that’s been the most exciting about it is sharing the news with my almost-5-year-old daughter (my 2-year-old son doesn’t grasp it yet). I want them to know that hard work pays off and that I do good things when I’m at work and away from them. Her smile and hug was so rewarding when she heard I was going to get ‘an award!’”