Dan is a corporate lawyer and shareholder of Winstead PC. He is a recently retired member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas and a former GOP candidate for Texas Attorney General. Dan is a former judicial clerk to Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope and a former aide to the late U.S. Senator John Tower. Dan is listed among the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 and is a member of the bars of Texas, New York and the District of Columbia.
During his six terms in the Texas Legislature, Branch served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, as a member of the Legislative Budget Board and on the Calendars and Appropriations Committees, among other committees. In addition, he was elected by his House colleagues in North Texas to successive terms to lead the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation.
Chairman Branch led numerous efforts to reform education and fiscal policies in Texas. He authored landmark legislation to develop more Tier One universities in Texas, reform college admissions and funding laws, and provide more interactive technology in classrooms. The Council of State Governments designated his classroom technology bill as model national legislation. His legislative efforts earned him awards from many sources, including the Texas Association of Business, the Metroplex Technology Business Council and the Texas Business Leadership Council. In 2011, Texas Monthly listed him among their "Ten Best" of the Texas Legislature.
Beyond his professional and legislative service, Dan chairs the board of the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas. He is a former president of The Dallas Assembly and a former Chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority, appointed by Governor George W. Bush. In 2011, Dan was appointed to serve on the Education Commission of the States and the Southern Regional Education Board by Governor Rick Perry.
Dan is a graduate of the SMU School of Law, an alumnus of the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University and holds two undergraduate degrees with honors from Oklahoma Christian University.