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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Commission On Jail Standards

1 hour 52 min ago
The commission establishes standards for the care and treatment of county prisoners, and the construction, maintenance and operation of county jails.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Patricia M. Anthony, Monica McBride, and reappointed Bill Stoudt to the Commission on Jail Standards for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025. The commission establishes standards for the care and treatment of county prisoners, and the construction, maintenance and operation of county jails.

Patricia M. Anthony of Garland is retired from the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. She is a life member of Women in Federal Law Enforcement and chair of the Taxpayer Communications Project Committee for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel and the Southwest Regional Secretary for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She serves on the board of the Kiwanis Club of Garland and is a member of Bank of America’s Advisory Panel. Additionally, her volunteer experience include serving on the Charter Review Committee for the City of Garland, Citizen’s Oral Interview and Training Advisory Board for Garland’s Police Department, North Central Texas Council of Government’s Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee, and Leadership Garland’s Alumni Association. Anthony received an Associate degree in police science from El Centro College, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Master of Science in counseling and guidance from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Monica McBride of Alpine is the owner of McBride Guide Service, Faro Moro Eco Research, and Estancia Faro Moro cattle ranch in both Alpine and Paraguay. She is a member of the Texas Association of Realtors. Previously, she served as a member of the Pilot Club and Anchor Club and volunteered with Sunshine House’s Meals on Wheels. McBride received a dual Bachelor of Arts in communications and Spanish from Sul Ross State University.

Bill Stoudt of Longview is the Gregg County Judge and Chairman of the Jail Standards Commission. He is founder and current trustee of the Centurion Club a current board member and past president of the East Texas Council of Governments, sits on the board of directors of the Longview Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Rotary International, Downtown Longview Rotary Club and a community advisor to the Junior League of Longview. Previously, he the founded the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas, and has served as the chairman and former director of the Longview Economic Development Corporation, Gregg County Appraisal District, City of Longview Higher Education Council, Cherokee Water Company, Regions Bank, and the University of Texas – Longview Campus. Stoudt received a Bachelor of Business Administration in business and finance from Georgia State University. 

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Texas Industrialized Building Code Council

2 hours 22 min ago
The council oversees the state program regulating industrialized housing and buildings.

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Janet Hoffman to the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council for a term set to expire on February 1, 2020. Additionally, he reappointed Roland Brown, Edward “Eddie” Martin, Scott McDonald, and Stephen Shang for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The council oversees the state program regulating industrialized housing and buildings.

Janet Hoffman of Galveston is President and Engineering Manager for Ibis Engineering. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Additionally, she serves on the City of Galveston Transportation Committee and is a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Economic Development District. Hoffman received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. 

Roland Brown of Midlothian is Vice President of Design and Development for Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. He is Government Affairs Chairman and President for the Modular Building Institute and a member of the International Code Council. 

Edward “Eddie” Martin of Austin is President and CEO of Tilson Homes.  He is a member and past president of the Texas Association of Builders and the Greater Houston Builders Association.  Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Martin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Abilene Christian University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law School.

Scott McDonald of Keller is Director of Development Services for the City of Denton. He is a board member for the National Institute of Building Sciences and a member of the Texas Chapter of American Planning Association. McDonald received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from Wayland Baptist University.    

Stephen Shang of Austin is CEO of Falcon Structures. He is a board member of the Modular Building Institute, the National Portable Storage Association, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Additionally, he is a member of The University of Texas College of Engineering Advisory Council and the Rotary Club of Austin. Shang received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program.   

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Cobos As Public Counsel For Office of Public Utility Counsel

3 hours 20 min ago
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lori Cobos as Public Counsel for the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) for a term to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lori Cobos as Public Counsel for the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) for a term to expire on February 1, 2021. OPUC represents residential and small commercial consumers in the electric, telecommunications, and water and wastewater utility industries in Texas. The Public Counsel oversees the overall operation of OPUC and lead OPUC’s representation of consumers in utility matters at state and federal regulatory agencies and courts.  

Lori Cobos of Austin is an attorney in private practice, and is the principal owner of Cobos Law Firm, where she specializes in representing and counseling clients on legal, regulatory, public policy, legislative, and business development matters in the Texas energy industry. She has over fifteen years of experience in the Texas electric power industry. She has served in several senior-level positions at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), including serving as an advisor for two PUCT Commissioners, assistant counsel to the PUCT Executive Director, and senior policy analyst in the PUCT’s policy development division, and has served as in-house counsel at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and has served as the chair of the Public Utility Law Section. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and is a former board member of the Sul Ross State University Alumni Board. Cobos received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and a Master of Arts in public administration from Sul Ross State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Monson Chief Administrative Law Judge

4 hours 44 min ago
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kristofer Monson as Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a term set to expire on May 15, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kristofer Monson as Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a term set to expire on May 15, 2020. The Chief ALJ oversees SOAH, which is a forum for the conduct of adjudicative hearings in the executive branch of state government.

Kristofer Monson of Driftwood serves as Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, where he has spent 15 years working as an expert in Texas administrative practice and procedure. He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Fifth Circuit Bar, United States Supreme Court Bar, and the Western District of Texas Bar. Monson received a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:02
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassandra “Cassie” Bering, Richard Dean, and Ryan Dollinger to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. T

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassandra “Cassie” Bering, Richard Dean, and Ryan Dollinger to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. The board advises the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division on programs and preventative solutions and submits recommendations regarding federal compliance issues and federal grant disbursements.

Cassandra “Cassie” Bering of Fort Worth is a contract monitor with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Private Facilities Contract Monitor Oversight Division. She is former president of Brite Divinity School Black Seminarians Union and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bering received a Bachelor of Science in family/child development from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School.  She is currently a student in the Doctor of Ministry program at Regent University.

Richard Dean of Wolfforth is the executive director of administrative services with Frenship Independent School District. He is a founding member of the Texas Juvenile Justice Association and former president of the Texas Juvenile Detention Association and served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee to the South Palins Association of Governments. Currently, he is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of School Business Officials, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dean received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a principal certification from Lubbock Christian University.

Ryan Dollinger of Beaumont is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Curo Health Services. He is the NLIC Representative and past chair of the Southeast Texas Branch of the National Association of Social Workers, board member of CASA of Southeast Texas, and member of Nederland Professional Lions Club. Previously, he was the charter president of the Lamar University Lions Club. Dollinger received a Bachelor of Social Work from Lamar University, Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Social Work from Texas State University.  

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Governor Greg Abbott Announces New Governor’s University Research Initiative Award

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:00
Governor Greg Abbott and The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) today announced that Surendra Shah, Ph.D., has joined the Departments of Material Science and Engineering and Civil Engineering at UTA through the Governor's University Research Program (GURI).

Governor Greg Abbott and The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) today announced that Surendra Shah, Ph.D., has joined the Departments of Material Science and Engineering and Civil Engineering at UTA through the Governor's University Research Program (GURI).

The matching GURI award of $1,965,000 will aid Dr. Shah's research on nano-material impact on the performance and infrastructure of cements, and also fund the construction of the new UTA Center for Advanced Construction and Innovative Materials for Infrastructure. This new facility is expected to attract significant external funding as well as develop agreements with companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond that are engaged in construction materials to spur economic development. Aside from his research, Dr. Shah will teach courses related to construction and advanced materials.

"I am honored to welcome Dr. Shah to Texas, and I look forward to the opportunities that the new Center for Advanced Construction and Innovative Materials for Infrastructure will bring to UTA," said Governor Abbott. "Both UTA and the entire state of Texas will benefit greatly from Dr. Shah's research. Dr. Shah's presence in Texas will have a profound impact on the fields of engineering and construction and keep Texas at the top for cutting-edge research, economic development, and innovation."

Dr. Surendra Shah received his B.E. from B.V.M. College in India, his M.S. from Lehigh University, and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has over 500 published papers with 57 in the last five years, edited more than 20 books, has four patents, and received numerous awards including election to the National Academy of Engineering (2006). Dr. Shah is also known for his leadership of the NSF Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials (ACBM). Dr. Shah's research primarily focuses on understanding the basic chemistry and microstructure of cementitious materials, the applied aspects of their physical properties, and the applications for these materials.

Founded in 2015, GURI assists Texas public universities in recruiting the best and brightest researchers from around the world to the Lone Star State.

Read more about the Governor's University Research Initiaitive.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To OneStar Foundation Board

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:10
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed George Green and Shelley Rayburn to the OneStar Foundation for terms set to expire on March 15, 2020. Additionally, the Governor appointed Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Ed.D., for a term set to expire on March 15, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed George Green and Shelley Rayburn to the OneStar Foundation for terms set to expire on March 15, 2020. Additionally, the Governor appointed Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Ed.D., for a term set to expire on March 15, 2021. The OneStar Foundation provides technical assistance, education, information and other support to Texas’ extensive volunteer community, and improving and strengthening the state’s volunteerism and community service infrastructure.

George Green of New Braunfels is an adjunct professor with Alamo Community College District and a former New Braunfels City Councilman. He is a lifetime member of Guadalupe Valley Peace Officers Association, member of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and works with the New Braunfels Thanksgiving Dinner Program.  Previously, he volunteered with the San Antonio Rotary Club, Comminutes in Schools, and East Texas Food Bank. Green received an Associates of Arts in animal Science from Blinn College, a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Nebraska. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army.

Shelley Rayburn of Fort Worth works with Rayburn Realty. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counseling, a former volunteer with Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center, and former member of the School Board of Aubrey Independent School District. Rayburn received a Bachelor of Science in human service and counseling from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master of Arts in human service: marriage and family counseling from Liberty University.

Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Ed.D. of San Antonio is a trustee of Hallmark University and was appointed to the Commission for National and Community Service. She has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Education, executive director of Federal Programs for Southwest ISD, president and CEO of Texas A&M University – San Antonio and as the director of Mexico Relations for the Texas A&M University System. She is chair of the Plaza Club of San Antonio, board member of Yes Our Kids Can, and member of Center for Hispanic and Jewish Relations and the Association for Mature Citizens. Her past involvement includes serving as commissioner of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and as a member of KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rotary International, and San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. Ferrier received a Bachelor of Arts in speech and a Master of Education in counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Bryant And Racz To Texas Judicial Council

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:03
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kevin Bryant and Rachel Racz to the Texas Judicial Council for terms set to expire on June 30, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kevin Bryant and Rachel Racz to the Texas Judicial Council for terms set to expire on June 30, 2023. The council studies the court system in Texas and looks for methods to improve while also investigating and reporting on matters referred to the council relating to the court system.

Kevin Bryant of Dallas is the general counsel for Crow Holdings. He is a board member and executive committee member of the Real Estate Council, member of the Tax Policy Committee for the Real Estate Roundtable, and a member of the Texas Bar Association. He volunteers as chair of the Dallas Breakfast Group, board member of Uplift Education, and an advisory board member of the S.M. Wright Foundation. Bryant received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University, where he graduated with honors.

Rachel Racz of Houston is an investor and entrepreneur. Before starting her own company, she was most recently head of strategy at Vista Proppants and Logistics. Previously, she was head of the Energy Business for the Nasdaq Stock Market. She is the founder of the 100 Women in Houston, an advisory board member of With Honor, and a committee member of a local Big Brothers and Big Sisters chapter. Her volunteer activities include the Navy Seal Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Racz received a Bachelor of Science in political science at the University of Houston.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Bunin And Rios To Governing Board Of The Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:01
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Alex Bunin and appointed Gonzalo Rios, Jr. to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Alex Bunin and appointed Gonzalo Rios, Jr. to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The commission provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems.

Alex Bunin of Houston is the chief public defender of Harris County. He has assisted in the creation of indigent defense programs in Alabama, New York and Vermont. He is board certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Bunin received a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law.

Gonzalo Rios, Jr. of San Angelo is an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, Tom Green County Bar Association, and the Tom Green County Criminal Defense Bar Association and is a former licensed court interpreter. Previously, he served on the board of both the Angelo Catholic School and the San Angelo Hospice. Rios received a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Master of Business Administration from Angelo State and a Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshal Law School.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Tesson And Nowak To One Call Board Of Texas

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:26
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Richard Tesson and Christopher Nowak to the One Call Board of Texas for terms set to expire on August 31, 2021 and August 31, 2020, respectively.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Richard Tesson and Christopher Nowak to the One Call Board of Texas for terms set to expire on August 31, 2021 and August 31, 2020, respectively. The board has authority over “Call Before You Dig” systems that notify the underground facility operators of excavation plans so pipelines and utility lines can be marked to prevent accidents.

Richard Tesson of Houston is special projects manager for Slack & Co. Contracting. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Houston and chair of the Risk Managers Peer Group for American Subcontractors Association of Houston. Additionally, he served as the co-chairman of the Damage Prevention Council of Southeast Texas until 2018. Tesson received a Bachelor of Arts in interior design and construction from Kendall College.

Christopher Nowak of Cypress is operations director for Kinder Morgan. He has held many roles throughout his career in the areas of operations, research, environmental, engineering, and compliance. Additionally, he is experienced in emergency response and public awareness and has participated in several Local Emergency Planning Committees and Incident Commander forums. He is a member of the Pipeline Research Council International. Nowak received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Western New England College.

These appointments are subject to Senate Confirmation. 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Lower Colorado River Authority Board Of Directors

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:01
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Timothy “Tim” Timmerman, Thomas Michael “Tom” Martine, and Robert “Bobby” Lewis and appointed Margaret “Meg” Voelter and Michael “Mike” Allen to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Timothy “Tim” Timmerman, Thomas Michael “Tom” Martine, and Robert “Bobby” Lewis and appointed Margaret “Meg” Voelter and Michael “Mike” Allen to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Timothy “Tim” Timmerman of Austin is a real estate investor and developer. He is the vice chairman of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and president of Colorado River Land Trust. He is a member of Austin Area Research Organization, YMCA of Williamson County, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Pflugerville, Austin Crime Commission, and the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. Timmerman received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas Michael “Tom” Martine of Cypress Mill is president of Martine Properties, Inc. He is a member of Austin Apartment Association, Real Estate Council of Austin, and Boy Scouts of America. He is a board member of the Capitol Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, and has served as the past president of the Austin Commercial Real Estate Society and Building Owners & Managers Association. Martine served in the United State Navy and received a Bachelor of Science in business and physical education from The University of Texas at Austin.

Robert “Bobby” Lewis of Elgin is president of Elgin Veterinary Hospital, Inc. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Equine Veterinary Association. He is a member and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and past board chair and AAEP representative for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. He is a life member of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, American Quarter Horse Association, and Texas Quarter Horse Association. Lewis received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Margaret “Meg” Voelter of Austin volunteers in many capacities. She is a former adjunct professor at Baylor Law School and attorney at Cantey, and Hanger, Roan and Autrey. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, she serves as an advisor for National Charity League – Hills of Austin Chapter, member of UTEACH Advisory Council and the Dell Children’s Women’s Trust, and a mock trial coach and parent ambassador at Regents School of Austin. Voelter received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law.

Michael “Mike” Allen of Kerrville is the owner operator of HCRV Park Kerrville, a real estate investor, and rancher. He is also the past chairman, president, and CEO of Union State Bank. He has served on the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Board of Directors, and is past president of a Rotary Club. Allen received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Weidler And Hebert To Texas State Board Of Acupuncture Examiners

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:00
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Grant Weidler and Mary Hebert, M.D. to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023 and January 31, 2025, respectively.

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Grant Weidler and Mary Hebert, M.D. to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023 and January 31, 2025, respectively. The board has licensing, examination, and rulemaking responsibilities in the field of acupuncture.

Grant Weidler of Spring is an acupuncturist and owner of Magnolia Crossing Acupuncture. He is a member of the American Botanical Council and a Clinical Practice Affiliate of The American Academy of Pain Management. Additionally, he is a member of Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Weidler received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from The American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. 

Mary Hebert, M.D. of Nacogdoches is a Radiation oncologist at Nacogdoches Medical Center. She is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Additionally, she is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and the Institute of Functional Medicine. Hebert received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctor of Medicine from the University Of North Carolina School of Medicine. 

These appointments are subject to Senate Confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To The Specialty Courts Advisory Council

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:14
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carols Y. Benavides, IV and reappointed Keta Dickerson and Amy Granberry to the Specialty Courts Advisory Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carols Y. Benavides, IV and reappointed Keta Dickerson and Amy Granberry to the Specialty Courts Advisory Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025. The council evaluates applications for grant funding for specialty courts from the Governor’s Office and makes funding recommendations to the criminal justice division regarding best practices.

Carlos Y. Benavides, IV of Edinburg is an assistant district attorney for Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, and serves as the felony prosecutor for the 389th District Court and is concurrently the prosecutor of the Domestic Violence Specialty Court for the County Court at Law 1. He is a member of the Prosecutors’ Leadership Core Committee for the Texas Council on Family Violence and a member of the State Bar of Texas. Benavides received a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from Marymount University and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Keta Dickerson of Richardson is the problem solving courts manager for Dallas County, and previously served as is a juvenile probation officer, pretrial officer, and court coordinator. She is a member of the Texas Association of Specialty Courts and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Dickerson received a Bachelor of Arts in public administration and affairs from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Amy Granberry of Portland is vice president of Cenikor Foundation. She is the legislative chair of the Association of Substance Abuse Programs and the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Granberry received a Bachelor of Science in business and human relations and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree in strategic leadership at Amberton University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Sikes To Aerospace And Aviation Advisory Committee

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:26
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Eddie Sikes to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Eddie Sikes to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts to recruit and retain aerospace and aviation jobs and investments in Texas.

Eddie Sikes of Brownsville is a partner at Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams, LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Defense Research Institute, Society of Human Resource Managers, and the American Bar Association. Additionally, he is a member of the Cameron County Space Port Development Corporation, member and former vice chairman of the Greater Brownsville Incentive Corporation, and the secretary of the Rotary Club of Brownsville. Sikes received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Perry And Larson To Southwestern States Water Commission

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:01
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed State Senator Charles Perry and appointed State Representative Lyle Larson to the Southwestern States Water Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023 and February 1, 2021, respectively.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed State Senator Charles Perry and appointed State Representative Lyle Larson to the Southwestern States Water Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023 and February 1, 2021, respectively. The commission will work with neighboring states to identify and develop sources and methods of augmenting water supplies on a regional basis after existing water supplies are fully committed.

Senator Charles Perry of Lubbock is a practicing CPA and was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2014, after serving two terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Senator Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs and serves as Vice-Chair of Health and Human Services. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Finance, and Transportation. In addition to his work in the Legislature, Senator Perry has served his community as president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, American Business Clubs, and Community Partners. He has also served on the board of the National Council on Family Violence and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Senator Perry received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and management information systems from Texas Tech University.

Representative Lyle Larson of San Antonio, author of the bill that created the Southwestern States Water Commission, is a small business owner and was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. He is Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources; member of the House Committee on International Relations and Economic Development Committee, and the House Redistricting Committee. He previously served on the Bexar County Commissioners Court and the San Antonio City Council. Representative Larson received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

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Governor Abbott Directs University Boards To Investigate Admission Policies

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:51
Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to all Texas public University Boards of Regents following the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into the widespread college admissions bribery scheme.

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to all Texas public University Boards of Regents following the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into the widespread college admissions bribery scheme. In his letter, the Governor directs the Boards to examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes.

"The Legislature has assigned important responsibilities to the governing boards of Texas’ institutions of higher education, including setting campus admissions standards,” writes Governor Abbott. “Every board must therefore closely examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes, quid pro quo arrangements, or improprieties of any sort. Those students, their parents and taxpayers must have confidence that the system is not rigged.”

The Governor concludes his letter by writing:

“The integrity of the admissions processes at Texas’ institutions of higher education depends upon the unbiased assessment of the merits of each applicant.  I expect that all universities will closely examine these issues and safeguard the integrity of the college admissions process.”

Read the Governor's full letter.

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Governor Abbott Statement On Terminal Fire In Deer Park

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:59
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement on the fire at the Intercontinental Terminal in Deer Park.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement on the fire at the Intercontinental Terminal in Deer Park.

“The State of Texas and the Texas Department of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the fire at the Intercontinental Terminal in Deer Park and are in close consultation with local officials,” said Governor Abbott. “The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, in coordination with Harris County, is monitoring the air quality. I have ordered that all state resources be made available to local and industry officials and urge residents to continue heeding the warnings of local officials.”

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Governor Greg Abbott Extended The State Disaster Declaration In March 2019 For Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:57
Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, and in each subsequent month effective through today, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 15th day of March, 2019.

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Wagner To Texas Facilities Commission

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:07
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed C. Price Wagner to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire January 31, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed C. Price Wagner to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire January 31, 2025. The commission controls state buildings, grounds, or property and responsibility for maintenance, repair and construction of state buildings for the state.

Price Wagner of Dallas is a senior vice president of Lincoln Property Company. He is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Wagner received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Texas State University System Board Of Regents

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 13:52
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Duke Austin and Nicki Harle to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor appointed Dionicio “Don” Flores and reappointed Charles Amato and Bill Scott for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Duke Austin and Nicki Harle to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor appointed Dionicio “Don” Flores and reappointed Charles Amato and Bill Scott for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Duke Austin of Houston is president and CEO of Quanta Services. He is a member of the CEO Round Table and a governor of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Additionally, he is a board member of the Junior Achievement and the Greater Houston Partnership and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Austin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and accounting from Sam Houston State University.

Nicki Harle of Baird is co-founder of Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) for which she served 20 years as executive director. She is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) and currently conducts orientations for EDC boards in rural areas. She is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau Callahan-Shackelford County Board of Directors and a lifetime member and past president of the Texas State University Alumni Association. She is treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Baird, president-elect of the 48 Study Club, and member of the Baird Chamber of Commerce. Additionally she is a former board member of the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau and Frontier Texas! and a former member of the Abilene Regional Airport Citizen Advisory Committee. Harle received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Texas State University.

Dionicio “Don” Flores of El Paso is president and owner of Flores Media Consulting. He is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, former vice chairman of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, former board member of the National Association of Minority Media Executives, former member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and a former Pulitzer Prize Jurist. He previously served as vice chairman of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents and as chairman of the Texas State University System. Flores received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas State University.

Charlie Amato of San Antonio is co-founder and chairman of Southwest Business Corporation (SWBC). He is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-San Antonio Branch, Lone Star Capital Bank, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation Board of Directors, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation, Silver & Black Give Back, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and a Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity national director.  Charlie is also chairman of the Texas State University System Foundation and vice chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council. Additionally, he is past chairman of the University of the Incarnate Word Board of Trustees, past chairman of the Sam Houston State University College of Business Advisory Council, and past chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Amato received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University.

Bill Scott of Nederland is chairman and CEO of Trans-Global Solutions, Inc. He is chairman of the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents and the TSUS Planning and Construction Committee, board member of the Lamar University Foundation Board, and a member of the Lamar University College of Business Board of Advisors. He is a president of the Gay D. and William F. Scott Family Foundation, past president of the Three Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the West Gulf Ports Association, International Bulk Terminals Association, South East Texas Waterways Advisory Committee, and the American Shoreline Railroad Association. Additionally, he is a former chairman and member of the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners, a former board member of the Texas Energy Museum, Foundation for Southeast Texas, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and a former member of the Lamar University Campaign Cabinet. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in government from Lamar University.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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