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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Public Safety Commission

Wednesday, March 08, 2017  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment
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Governor Abbott has reappointed Steven P. Mach and Cynthia Leon to the Public Safety Commission for terms set to expire January 1, 2022 and January 1, 2020, respectively, and he has appointed Jason Pulliam for a term set to expire January 1, 2022. The Governor has also named Mach chairman of the commission. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Public Safety, which enforces laws protecting the public safety and provides for the prevention and detection of crime.

Steven P. Mach of Houston is vice president and CFO of Mach Industrial Group, LP. He serves as president of the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees, and previously chaired the Houston Symphony Endowment. He has served as a trustee of Trinity University since 2007 and was president of the Trinity University Alumni Association from 2001-03. He is a board member of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Texas, Men of Distinction of Greater Houston, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation. Formerly, he served as chair of the board of Family Services of Greater Houston and as a trustee for River Oaks Baptist School. An Eagle Scout, he continues to remain active in the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 55 in the Sam Houston Area Council where his son is active in the program. He is a life member of the Houston Police Foundation, 100 Club of Houston, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Mach received a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University.

Cynthia Leon of Mission is a retired regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2008. She is a member of the International Women's Forum and Leadership Texas and is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors. Additionally, she is board secretary for Texas Community Capital and member of U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s Military Academy Nomination Selection Board. Leon received a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and she is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

Jason Pulliam of San Antonio is counsel for Prichard Young and previously served as a justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the San Antonio Downtown Rotary. He is a former member of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, San Antonio Bar Association, and the Defense Counsel of San Antonio. Pulliam received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Brooklyn College and a Juris Doctor from the Thurgood Marshal School of Law at Texas Southern University.