Governor Abbott Names Wong As Chair And Appoints Tegeler And Garza To Texas State Library And Archives Commission

January 14, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Bradley “Brad” Tegeler and reappointed David C. Garza to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for terms set to expire on September 28, 2025. Additionally, the Governor appointed Martha D. Wong, Ed.D as chair of the commission. The commission safeguards significant resources, provides information services that inspire and support research, education and reading and enhances the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.

Bradley “Brad” Tegeler of Austin is general counsel for the Tegeler Family Dealerships, where he oversees and manages all legal matters related to three franchised automotive dealerships. He previously spent thirteen years working for members of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives in various leadership roles. He is a member of the South Texas College of Law Alumni Board and the Texas Masonic Lodge and a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House in Austin. Tegeler received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Edward’s University, a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law, and a Masters of Laws in International Commerce Business from University of East Anglia – Norwich, United Kingdom.

David C. Garza of Brownsville is a law partner at Garza & Garza, L.L.P. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and former chairman of its Grievance Committee for the Rio Grande Valley. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, member and former Executive Committee member of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, and a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Racing Commission. He is the chairman of the Brownsville Foundation for Health and Education, a director of the Valley Zoological Society Endowment Board, former chairman of the Historic Brownsville Museum Association, and former chairman of the United Way of Brownsville. Garza received a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Edward’s University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

Martha Wong, Ed.D. of Houston is a community volunteer, a former state representative, and a former Houston city council member. She was previously director of Community Resource and Development at Houston Community College’s Southwest College and served as an associate professor at Baylor University. She is a member of the Houston Association of Retired Teachers, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She previously served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Neuhaus Education Center, Houston Olympic 2012 Foundation, and more. Wong was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994, and she is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where she served from 2003 to 2007. Wong received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters and Doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston.