On Friday, February 6, Governor Greg Abbott announced his choices to fill two seats on the five-member Transportation Commission, recently vacated by Chairman Ted Houghton of El Paso and Commissioner Fred Underwood of Lubbock. Odessa lawyer Tyron Lewis and San Antonio banker J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. intend to fill those appointments, pending Senate approval.
Lewis, a former state representative who served the Odessa area from 2008 until his retirement this year, Prior to that, Lewis served as district court judge from 1985 to 2006. Prior to that, he practiced law, primarily focusing on civil litigation.
Lewis is openly critical of funding mechanisms that are not direct, user-based funding streams and has written a guest editorial to that effect.
J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., is chairman and chief executive officer of Argyle Investment Co., LLC, a private investment firm, and serves as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Bancshares Inc., president and CEO of Texas Hill Country Bancshares Inc. and chairman of the Board of The Bank of San Antonio. He is a former senior adviser to former Governor Rick Perry and former chairman of TexasOne, a board charged with economic development for the state of Texas.
Members of the Texas Transportation Commission serve six-year, staggered terms. Governor Abbot has not yet indicated which member would chair of the commission.