Kris Heckmann and Justin Keener will announce today that they’re launching Granite Public Affairs, a lobbying and communications shop. Heckmann served nine years in Gov. Rick Perry’s office as deputy chief of staff, deputy legislative director, liaison to the Senate, and policy adviser. Keener most recently worked as vice president of policy and communications for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He also is a former staffer to former Speaker Tom Craddick and Sen. Florence Shapiro. “We provide a team approach that directly engages legislators, along with the advocacy organizations, media, and activists that influence the process,” Keener said. Initial clients include AT&T, Baryonyx Corporation, BB Concepts, Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association, TexCom Gulf Disposal.