Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Two To Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation

February 28, 2019 | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Joel Garza, Jr. and reappointed Tom Butler to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021 and February 1, 2025, respectively. The Governor named Rick Figueroa chair of the commission. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Rick Figueroa of Brenham is a first vice president of UBS Financial Services and partner with the Caton Figueroa Group. He is a member of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Board, the National Rifle Association Outreach Committee, POTUS Hispanic Advisory Council and the State Republican Executive Committee. He is also chair of the Hispanics United for America. Additionally, he is past president of the Downtown Houston Kiwanis Club, past council member of the International Leadership Institute, past board member of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, past member of the Texas Judicial Council, past member of the Escape Family Resource Center Executive Committee, past member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Houston CPA Society. Figueroa received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science from Texas A&M University.

Joel Garza, Jr. of Pearland is an associate attorney at Lee and Desenberg PLLC. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association and their Tax Sections and Business Law Sections. Additionally, he is a member of the Houston Bar Association and its Tax Section and Mergers and Acquisitions Section. Garza received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from Houston Baptist University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

Tom Butler of Deer Park is president of USI Federal Credit Union in La Porte. He is a former gubernatorial appointee and former chair of the Credit Union Commission, board member of Texas Community Service, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a volunteer with Youth Victim Witness and assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 268. Butler received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.