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Gov. Perry Appoints Three To Study Commission on Transportation Financing

Wednesday, February 22, 2006  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the appointment of three individuals to the Study Commission on Transportation Financing for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The commission will conduct hearings and study public policy implications relating to the financing of transportation projects. This will include reviewing the state motor fuels tax, current sources of funding for rail and other financing options for all modes of transportation. Ted Houghton Jr. of El Paso is self-employed consultant for financial services, and executive benefits and estate planning. He also serves as a commissioner of the Texas Transportation Commission. He is the vice chairman for the El Paso Civic Center Board, a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters. He is a past member of the El Paso Electric Company board of directors, serving on both the audit and compensation committees. Houghton was chairman of the Chief of Police selection committee for the City of El Paso and a former member of the selection committee for U.S. Magistrate. He also served on the School Land Board of the General Land Office. Houghton studied at New Mexico State University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. Joseph R. Krier of San Antonio is the president and CEO of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives board of directors, past chairman of the Metro 8 Chambers and a member of the Texas Bar Association. He also serves on the board of directors for the Southwest Foundation, the San Antonio Medical Center Foundation and the San Antonio Sports Foundation, where he was also a past president. Krier is a member of the San Antonio Mobility Commission and the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative. He is an executive member and member of the board of directors for the North American Free Trade Alliance, a former member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and a member of the executive committee and board of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio. A graduate of the University of Texas, Krier received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. William B. Madden of Dallas is the president of Madden Securities Corporation, which is a member firm of the National Association of Securities Dealers. His firm is also a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is a past chapter chairman of the Young President’s Organization and is a life member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. He currently serves on the Episcopal Foundation of the Diocese of Dallas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and the YMCA Foundation of Dallas. Madden served 12 years on the Texas Water Development Board and seven years as its chairman. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

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