Doug began public service in Austin as a legislative assistant for then State Representative Mike Jackson. He was next tapped to work in the administration of Governor Bill Clements as Special Assistant, where he worked on numerous issues with a heavy emphasis on criminal justice. Following his service with Governor Clements, Doug became Chief of Staff for State Representative Kevin Brady, where he was involved in legislation ranging from child abuse prevention and school finance to economic development. Kevin Brady was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, and he again called upon Doug to serve as his Chief of Staff in Washington, a position he has held ever since. Doug currently serves as a director of the Texas Lyceum, Texas' premier leadership incubator, and he is serving on the board of Perfect Attendance a public-private initiative that combines the strengths of the schools, the business community, community organizations, the media, celebrities, and entertainers to reward students to stay in school and to graduate from high school.
Doug has also served on the board of the Texas Leadership Institute and is an alumnus of the John Ben Sheppard Leadership Institute. Doug is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was also a member of the Aggie Football Team.