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Governor Abbott Appoints Doggett To Texas Woman’s University Board Of Regents

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Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Teresa Doggett to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Teresa Doggett to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Teresa Doggett of Austin is managing director and CEO of Searchlight Investments and founder and CEO of Waymaker School of Entrepreneurship. She is associated and a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, American Business Women’s Association, Women Business Owners, National Latina Business Women Association, Asian Business Association, and the Indian Business Association. Additionally, she has been a Foundation Board member for the Center for Battered Women, an advisor to the Edwards Ministry Association, member of the Harvard Dean’s Council, project creator for the Autism Society of Texas, and a state chair of the Might Texas – American Strike Force. Doggett received a Bachelor of Arts from Wichita State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Creighton Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard School of Government and Business Management.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Chazen To University Of Houston System Board Of Regents

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Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Chazen, Ph.D. to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on August 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Chazen, Ph.D. to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on August 31, 2023.

Steve Chazen, Ph.D. of Bellaire is chairman, president, and CEO of TPG Pace Energy, and previously served as CEO of Occidental Petroleum Company. He is a director for Ecolab Inc. and Williams Companies and a former director and chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. Additionally, he is chairman of the University of Houston Capital Campaign Finance Committee, a director of the Houston Methodist Research Institute, member of the Baker Institute Board of Advisors, and a director and former chairman of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Chazen received a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Rutgers, a Master of Science in finance from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in geology from Michigan State University.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Deanda Presiding Officer Of Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority

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Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed S. David Deanda, Jr. presiding officer of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed S. David Deanda, Jr. presiding officer of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2020. The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision created to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects.

S. David Deanda, Jr. of Mission is the president of Lone Star National Bank. He is a board member of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and president of the Mission Economic Development Corporation. He serves on the board of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation and the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) and is a former board member of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. He is an active member of Palm Valley Church in Mission. Deanda received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&I University and studied at the Bank Operations Institute at East Texas State University and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To The Texas Private Security Board

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:06
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Derrick Howard, Alan Trevino, and Stephen Willeford to the Texas Private Security Board for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Derrick Howard, Alan Trevino, and Stephen Willeford to the Texas Private Security Board for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. The board regulates the private security profession in Texas including armed and unarmed security guards, personal protection officers, private investigators, private security consultants, alarm systems installers and monitors, guard dog trainers, armored car couriers, electronic access control device installers, and locksmiths.

Derrick Howard of Universal City is the executive director of the Bexar County Community Arenas. He is a spokesman with the Black Professional Leadership Network, member of the International Association of Arena Managers, and a former chair and current member of San Antonio ISD Foundation. Previously, he served as chair of City Public Service Energy and Goodwill of San Antonio and on the executive committee of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Howard received a Bachelor of Science from Prairie View A&M University.

Alan Trevino of Austin is owner and president of Sentry Security & Investigations, L.P., and is a licensed master peace officer, with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is a member of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators and served as president of the Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas. Trevino is honorably retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he was second in command and detail leader for Governor Bush’s detail.

Stephen Willeford of Sutherland Springs is a plumber at University Hospital, with almost 35 years of experience. He is a member of the Local 142 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union and the National Rifle Association and a former assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. Willeford earned his license from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship School in San Antonio.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Wallace Judge Of The 378th Judicial District Court

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:37
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Doug Wallace as judge of the 378th Judicial District Court in Ellis County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Doug Wallace as judge of the 378th Judicial District Court in Ellis County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Doug Wallace of Waxahachie is a fraud prosecutor for the Texas Department of Insurance. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Ellis County Bar Association, and the Rotary Club of Waxahachie. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer legal officer for Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Texas Army National Guard. Wallace received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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Governor Abbott Hosts Flag Day Observance Ceremony In San Antonio

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:51
Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a Flag Day Observance Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, recognizing military veterans and their families for their service to the United States.

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a Flag Day Observance Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, recognizing military veterans and their families for their service to the United States. The ceremony was held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76 – the oldest Post in Texas – and was marked by the presentation of challenge coins to service members in attendance.

"As we celebrate and honor this flag, we are reminded of the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States military for which it stands,"said Governor Abbott. “It is because of their selfless service that America has endured as a beacon of hope and freedom, and we will never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice to to uphold its values. On behalf of a grateful state and nation, I thank those who have served and defended our freedoms."

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Governor Abbott Appoints Martinez And Molina To Texas Medical Board

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert David Martinez, M.D. and Linda Molina to the Texas Medical Board for terms set to expire on April 13, 2019 and April 13, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert David Martinez, M.D. and Linda Molina to the Texas Medical Board for terms set to expire on April 13, 2019 and April 13, 2021, respectively. The board regulates the practice of medicine in Texas.

Robert David Martinez, M.D. of Mission is the chief medical officer and chief physician executive at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg and senior executive vice president of DHR Health. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, and multiple community organizations. He has served as co-chair of the Ryan Gibson Leukemia Advocate and Research Group, member of the Texas Alzheimer’s Association and the Texas Workforce Solutions Board of Directors. Martinez received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and biology from the Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he also completed his internal medicine residency.

Linda Molina of San Antonio is a criminal defense attorney in private practice. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and a member of the Emerging Leader Board for Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  Additionally, she is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio and sustaining member of Junior League of San Antonio, and a board member of Church Under the Bridge. Molina received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Arts in Spanish from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Jones To Board Of Pardons And Paroles

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carmella Jones to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carmella Jones to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The board makes parole decisions for Texas prison inmates, determines conditions for parole and mandatory supervision, and makes recommendations on clemency matters to the governor.

Carmella Jones of Eastland has 25 years of law enforcement and corrections experience. She was elected as Armstrong County Sheriff and served as sheriff for six years. She is a lifetime member of the Texas Jail Association, Sheriff’s Association of Texas, and the Girl Scouts of America and a member of the Texas Chief Deputies Association and the American Jail Association. Jones has earned certifications including Master Peace Officer, Master Jailer, and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructor. 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Brown Commissioner Of Workers’ Compensation

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:38
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassie Brown as Commissioner of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cassie Brown as Commissioner of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. TDI's Division of Workers' Compensation regulates the workers' compensation system in Texas, ensuring injured workers receive the necessary benefits to quickly return to work, and that workers' compensation costs are kept at a reasonable level for Texas employers.

Cassie Brown of Austin is deputy commissioner for Regulatory Policy at the Texas Department of Insurance, where she has served since 2011. Previously, she served as a policy advisor to Governor Rick Perry. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Edward’s University and attended the Governor’s Executive Development Program at The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Texas State Board Of Examiners Of Professional Counselors

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:02
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steven Hallbauer, Roy Smith, and Carolyn “Janie” Stubblefield to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Steven Douglas Christopherson chair of the board.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steven Hallbauer, Roy Smith, and Carolyn “Janie” Stubblefield to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Steven Douglas Christopherson chair of the board. The board has licensing, examination and rulemaking responsibilities in the field of professional counseling.

Steven Hallbauer of Rockwall is a founding partner of the law firm Lemons & Hallbauer, LLC. He practices law in civil litigation, wills, estates and probate. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a manager for CHR Solutions, Inc., a technology solutions company for telecommunications and communication service providers. He is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation Board of Trustees, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and member of the State Bar of Texas. He is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Elder Law Committee, and is a youth soccer coach for the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall. Hallbauer received a Bachelor of Science in radio television and film from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Roy Smith of Midland is the senior pastor of True-Lite Christian Fellowship. He began his ministry as a pastor in Andrews, Texas, and he founded New Direction Ministry, an after care ministry for ex-offenders. He is a member of the Life Center Advisory Board and a local citizen advisory group on criminal justice reform and a former board member of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. He served as pastor for a day for the Texas House of Representatives during the 81st Legislature. Smith attended United Electronics and Grace School of Theology. He is currently continuing his education at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Academy.

Carolyn “Janie” Stubblefield of Dallas is the owner of Mobile Counseling, PLLC., which provides private mental health counseling to clients and professional supervision to licensed professional counselor interns. She previously worked as an adjunct professor at Richland College and clinical supervisor at a CASA Shelter. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners President's Assembly Steering Committee and the Adolescent Symposium of Texas. She is a committee member of the Dallas High Risk Victims Task Force and the “I am HERE Coalition,” a group dedicated to strengthening the network of mental health resources for teens and young adults in North Texas. Stubblefield received a Bachelor of Science in public administration from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Master in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Steven Douglas Christopherson of Pasadena is the owner and clinical director of ProAct Counseling. Previously, he taught high school math prior to becoming a licensed professional counselor. He served as a school counselor while maintaining a part time practice until his retirement in 2011, and previously worked as an adjunct professor teaching ethics at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Christopherson received a Masters of Science from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He was first appointed to the board in 2009, has chaired the Rules and Complaints committees, and has served as the vice chair of the board.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Joos And Koerner To Texas Veterans Commission

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:01
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kimberlee Joos and Laura Koerner to the Texas Veterans Commission for terms set to expire ON December 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kimberlee Joos and Laura Koerner to the Texas Veterans Commission for terms set to expire ON December 31, 2023. The commission serves as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces.

Kimberlee Joos of Argyle retired as a Colonel, after 23 years of service in the United States Air Force. Her primary military specialty was intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. She served as Commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas in her final active duty posting. Her military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. She is a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth World Affairs Council and currently serves as secretary of the Denton County Master Gardener Association. Joos received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in National security and strategy from Air University, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.

Laura Koerner of Fair Oaks Ranch is an engineer and a Councilwoman for the City of Fair Oaks Ranch. She served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare (Nuclear) Officer onboard USS MAHAN (DDG 72) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), earning 2 Navy Commendation Medals and a Navy Achievement Medal. She is a Blue & Gold Officer with the Admissions Department of the United States Naval Academy and a member of Project Management Institute, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, and the United State Navy League. Koerner received a Bachelor of Science in system engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is qualified as a Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator at the Naval Nuclear Power School.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Hays And Skurow To Commission On State Emergency Communications

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Debi Hays and Cathy Skurow to the Commission on State Emergency Communications for terms set to expire on September 1, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Debi Hays and Cathy Skurow to the Commission on State Emergency Communications for terms set to expire on September 1, 2023. The commission is charged with administering the state 9-1-1 service program and the statewide poison control program.

Debi Hays of Odessa is the County Judge of Ector County and owner of LaMirage Day Spa. She currently serves on the board of the Permian Playhouse, and previously served on Crime Stoppers, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Association. Hays holds a license in massage therapy and cosmetology and has earned a number of certifications from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Cathy Skurow of Portland is the Mayor of Portland and a licensed professional engineer with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. She is a member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, past president and current board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend, and past president and current regional advisory board member of the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Skurow received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses First Annual Texas Women Veterans Day Celebration

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:15
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the first annual Texas Women Veterans Day Celebration at the Texas State Capitol.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the first annual Texas Women Veterans Day Celebration at the Texas State Capitol. The First Lady joined thousands of Texans in Austin and across the state in honoring the 177,000 women veterans in the Lone Star State, and participated in the opening ceremony on the South Steps by reading the Women Veterans Day proclamation from Governor Greg Abbott.

“Throughout America’s proud military history, women have played a vital role, serving with honor and distinction,” said First Lady Abbott. “Women have displayed the bravery, commitment and strength we have come to expect from our military, and I am proud to recognize and commend their selflessness and dedication.”

During the 85th Legislative Session, Governor Abbott signed into law HB 2698, designating June 12 as Women Veterans Day in Texas. The day’s festivities included live music, a resource fair, art exhibit, and round table and panel discussions. Additionally, other Women Veterans Day events took place simultaneously across the state.

Read more about Texas Women Veterans Day

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Governor Abbott Announces New Veteran Hiring Incentive For TEF Grant Recipients

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:48
Governor Greg Abbott today announced an additional incentive program for new Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grantees designed to encourage the hiring of military veterans.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced an additional incentive program for new Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grantees designed to encourage the hiring of military veterans. New grantees, in addition to being eligible for funding on a per job created basis, will be eligible for an additional $1,000 per job filled by a veteran during the first year of job creation. This announcement coincides with Texas’ celebration of our first annual Women’s Veterans Day, which was signed into law by Governor Abbott in the 85th legislative session.

“Texas has one of the largest veteran populations of any state, and it is imperative that we ensure those returning from service continue to have opportunities to work and provide for their families,” said Governor Abbott. “Veterans bring unmatched leadership abilities and they already possess many of the technical skills employers are looking for. I'm proud of our state's support for Texas veterans, and it’s my hope that future companies will take advantage of this program.”

Qualifying positions must be filled by a person who has served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, the National or Air National Guard of the United States, the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, or served in a Reserve component of any of the aforementioned military organizations, and has been honorably discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served.

Last year, Governor Abbott unveiled a comprehensive plan to address the underemployment of Texas veterans, and committed to using all available resources to get our veterans back to work after returning from service. This incentive program is one of the many ways Governor Abbott is working to fulfill this promise, with additional veteran-specific programs scheduled for announcement in the coming year.

Since its inception in 2004, the TEF has awarded about 160 grants totaling more than $615 million across a wide variety of industries and projects committed to creating almost 94,000 jobs and investing more than $27 billion in the state of Texas.

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U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Allocates $500 Million For Texas Projects

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:50

The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers (USACE) has announced more than $509 million in funding for multiple projects in Texas, including flood mitigation and critical work for the Brays and Buffalo Bayous, as well as the Matagorda and Corpus Christi Ship Channels. The funding will also provide resources for extensive studies of the Texas coastline to help make the state more resilient to future storms. This funding allocation is in addition to the disaster relief funding for Texas previously announced by the USACE.  

"With Hurricane Harvey's devastation still fresh in our minds, and the next hurricane season upon us, the State of Texas is urgently focused on making our infrastructure more resilient to future storms," said Governor Abbott. "This funding is essential to those efforts and to help minimize the loss of human lives and damage to infrastructure and property. I thank the USACE, Texas congressional delegation and the Office of Management and Budget for recognizing the critical importance of these projects, and I look forward to their completion.”

Other projects that the USACE announced they will allocate funding to include:

Feasibility Studies Funded:

  • Brazos Island Harbor
  • Corpus Christi Ship Channel
  • Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Lock
  • Galveston Harbor Channel Extension
  • Houston Ship Channel
  • Matagorda Ship Channel
  • Sabine Neches Waterway

See a full list of feasibility studies funded from the USACE.

Construction Projects Funded:

  • Corpus Christi Ship Channel

See a full list of construction projects funded from the USACE.

Operations & Maintenance Construction Projects Funded:

  • Brazos Island Harbor
  • Channel to Harlingen
  • Channel to Port Bolivar
  • Corpus Christi Ship Channel
  • Freeport Harbor
  • Galveston Harbor And Channel
  • Channel To Victoria
  • Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

See a full list of operations & maintenance construction projects funded from the USACE.

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Governor Abbott Joins Faith Leaders From Across The Country For The Annual Meeting Of The Southern Baptist Convention

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:04
Governor Greg Abbott today joined faith leaders from across the country for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) being held this year in Dallas, Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined faith leaders from across the country for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) being held this year in Dallas, Texas. The meeting focuses on church organization, issues facing the church, and ministry efforts. This year, Governor Abbott addressed attendees and thanked them for their commitment to faith, family and devotion to God.

“Our country was founded on religious liberty, but America is at a time of crisis as some try to silence the faithful and remove God from the public square,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has faced a great deal of adversity, but we’ve relied on our faith to overcome those challenges, which has brought us closer to God. In the midst of challenges against people of faith, Texans have adopted the attitude, ‘pray as if everything depends on God, but work as if everything depends on Texas.’”

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States with more than 47,000 churches and a membership of over 15 million. The SBC also maintains a number of missionary programs and operates six seminaries with a total enrollment of more than 21,000.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Botkin To Public Utility Commission Of Texas

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shelly Botkin to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shelly Botkin to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019. PUC regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.

Shelly Botkin of Austin is director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, where she has served since 2010. Botkin received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Texas Wins Sixth Gold Shovel Award For Job Creation And Business Investments

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:03
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has been awarded the Gold Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine for new job growth and business investments.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has been awarded the Gold Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine for new job growth and business investments. This annual award recognizes states that drive job creation and investment through business-friendly policies and improvements in infrastructure that attract new employers, as well as additional investments in expanding current operations. This is the sixth year Texas has won a Gold Shovel Award.

"Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation and economic growth, and businesses across the globe are taking notice," said Governor Abbott. "The Lone Star State has flourished because we allow innovation to take root and give businesses the opportunity to succeed. I thank Area Development Magazine for their recognition, and look forward to continued growth in the Texas economy."

Area Development cites the more than 6,000 new jobs created by NTT Data Services in Plano, another 1,600 jobs to be created through expansion of Nutribiotech USA in Garland, and 4,000 more jobs created by USAA, UPS and McGregor, and points to the state’s successes in petroleum and chemical production and booming technology industry growth, for Texas’ ranking in this year’s awards.

Read the full Area Development Magazine's Gold Shovel Award rankings.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Alvarado And Suhl To State Commission On Judicial Conduct

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:02
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Maricela Alvarado and Amy Suhl to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for terms set to expire November 19, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Maricela Alvarado and Amy Suhl to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for terms set to expire November 19, 2023. The commission regulates the conduct of the state judiciary, including the power to recommend for retirement, censure, suspension or removal of a judge from office.

Maricela Alvarado of Harlingen is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel. In her nearly thirty years of military service, she commanded an Allied Counterintelligence Unit in support of Internal Security Assistance Force. She is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  She was honorably discharged from the United States Army, where she was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Alvarado received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Pan American University and a Master in Education Technology from Troy State University.

Amy Suhl of Sugar Land is the vice president and CEO of Projects & Technology with a worldwide energy company, with over 30 years in the field. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Texas A&M University Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisory Council, and volunteers at the Sugar Land Senior Center as a technology trainer, as well as at local schools as a mentor and tutor. She received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.  

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Governor Greg Abbott Again Extends Disaster Proclamation For Texas Counties Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:00
Governor Greg Abbott today 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, October 20, 2017, November 19, 2017, December 18, 2017, January 17, 2018, February 16, 2018, March 16, 2018, April 13, 2018, and May 11, 2018, 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 8th day of June, 2018.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

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