Attorney General Ken Paxton today named Zina Bash senior counsel on the executive leadership team of his office. Previously, Bash served in the Trump administration as Special Assistant to the President for regulatory reform, legal and immigration policy.
“Zina is an outstanding and higly-respected attorney whose extensive legal and policy experience in both the public and private sectors will make her a valuable addition to my executive team,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m confident Zina will work every day to uphold the rule of law and improve the lives of Texans.”
Over the years, Bash has held a variety of positions in business, law and government, including as deputy director of policy and communications for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s office. She also practiced law as an appellate attorney at international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and was formerly executive vice president of operations and business development at Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg.
Bash earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a law degree from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and to Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Bash was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and grew up in McAllen. Her husband, John, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, the top prosecutor of federal crimes in the region that includes Austin.