Trent Ashby is President of Community Title and manages the company’s offices in Angelina, Nacogdoches, and Polk Counties. As a businessman, he understands firsthand the challenges many small businesses face from overtaxation to excessive regulation.
In 2003, Ashby was hired as the first ever Executive Director of the Texas Forest Country Partnership. Representing 13 counties throughout the East Texas region, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that exists to market and promote economic development activities throughout the East Texas region. Prior to joining the Partnership, he worked in Washington as a Congressional aide.
A 1996 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Ashby bleeds maroon. While at A&M, he was elected to the Student Senate, Class Treasurer, and Yell Leader. During his senior year, he was also elected by his Aggie classmates to serve as one of three Class Agents, a position he held until he stepped down in 2005. He continues to be involved with his alma mater through the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association and Association of Former Students.
Born and raised on a dairy farm and diversified livestock operation in Rusk County, Trent is proud of his rural background and upbringing. Growing up, he was very active in both the 4-H and FFA youth organizations. His interest in politics was shaped by his participation as a candidate for elected positions while involved at this young age. During his junior year at Henderson High School, Ashby ran for and was elected Texas 4-H President. His senior year, he was elected to serve as Texas FFA State Vice President for 1991–1992.
Ashby was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from District 57 in 2012. During his first legislative session in 2013, Ashby had six bills signed into law and was named Outstanding Freshman of the Year by his colleagues.
Trent and his wife Nickie live in Lufkin with their two sons—Garin and Grant. Ashby is a former President of the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees. He is a past board member of the Lufkin Host Lions Club, Lufkin/Angelina Chamber of Commerce, Lufkin/Angelina County Economic Development Partnership, United Way, Mosaic Center, Museum of East Texas, and Texas Lyceum. Both he and Nickie are very active in their son’s schools as well as their church, Harmony Hill Baptist Church.