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Rolando Pablos - Commissioner 2011 - 2013

Rolando Pablos

In September of 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Rolando Pablos to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, where he is charged with regulating the state's electric and telecommunication utilities.

Until that time, he was senior advisor to the global law firm of SNR Denton, where he provided public policy and strategic business advisory services to domestic and international clients.

Early in his career, Mr. Pablos served as general counsel to Francois-Charles Oberthur, a multinational firm specializing in high-security printing. As chief legal officer, Mr. Pablos administered the legal, legislative and regulatory affairs for Oberthur's U.S. and Latin American operations.

Mr. Pablos has extensive practical experience in economic development and trade promotion. His bicultural and bilingual background has enabled him to work extensively in U.S. and foreign business environments.

In 2009, the ambassador of Spain to the U.S., the Honorable Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, appointed Mr. Pablos honorary consul to Spain. As honorary consul, Mr. Pablos plays a key role in facilitating two-way trade and investment opportunities between Spain and the U.S. His main emphasis is in ensuring the formation and development of business and diplomatic relationships between the two countries.

Mr. Pablos' substantial public service has afforded him the opportunity to serve in various roles ranging from serving as chairman of the Texas Racing Commission; chairman of The Free Trade Alliance and chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Pablos sits on the board of the Associated Republicans of Texas and the Hispanic Republicans of Texas; two entities devoted to the promotion of conservative values throughout the state of Texas.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's University, Mr. Pablos earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Hospitality Management degree from the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. Mr. Pablos earned his Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.

Mr. Pablos and his wife, Laura San Martin, have four children - Cristina Elizabeth, David Alan, Mia Noelle and Andrea Nicole.

Barry T. Smitherman - Comissioner/Chairman 2004 - 2011

Barry T. Smitherman

Barry Smitherman is a fourth generation Texan appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the PUCT on April 21, 2004. He was reappointed on September 13, 2007, and promoted to Chairman on November 14, 2007. In March 2008, Barry was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) by Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. In August 2010, he was reappointed by Secretary Steven Chu. He is presently Chairman of the DOE EAC Transmission sub-committee. In 2009, he received the State Leadership award from the American Wind Energy Association for the PUCT's pioneering renewable energy zone policy for proactive transmission development.

Barry is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Vice Chairman of the Governor's Advisory panel on Federal Environmental Regulation, an ex officio board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Vice President of the Regional State Committee (RSC) for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), he is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors and the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment (ERE).

Barry grew up in Highlands, Texas; a working class neighborhood on the east side of Houston. He graduated from Ross Sterling High School in Baytown and continued his education at Texas A&M University receiving a BBA summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law while working at the State Capitol for Senator Lindon Williams. Afterward he received a M.P.A. at Harvard University and was awarded the first Joel Leff Fellowship in Political Economy by the Kennedy School of Government.

For 16 years Barry was a public finance investment banker working with state and local governments throughout the South, Southwest and Midwest to build infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, airports, water and sewer systems, schools, hospitals, and sports facilities. He held leadership positions with First Boston, Lazard Freres, JP Morgan, and Bank One where he was National Head of the Tax Exempt Securities Origination Department. During this time he helped municipalities save hundreds of millions of dollars.

Barry has also been a prosecutor with the Harris County (Houston, Texas) District Attorney's office. In 1990, Barry was a member of the American Center for International Leadership delegation to the former Soviet Union. In 1996, Barry was a delegate to the State Republican convention in San Antonio. Barry is also a former adjunct professor of public administration at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a former member of the Boards of the Texas Public Finance Authority, and the Harris County Health Facilities Development Corporation.

He and his wife live in Austin with two of their four wonderful children. Their two oldest sons attend Texas A&M University.

Julie Caruthers Parsley - Commissioner  2002 - 2008

Julie Caruthers Parsley - CommissionerJulie Caruthers Parsley was appointed to the PUC as a Commissioner on November 15, 2002 by Governor Rick Perry and reappointed to that position in September 2005. Prior to her appointment, Julie served as Solicitor General of Texas with the Office of the Attorney General where she maintained an appellate practice before state and federal courts representing the State of Texas and its agencies. While at the Solicitor General's Office, she argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining the Attorney General's office, she practiced appellate law with the law firm of Thompson and Knight, L.L.P. A former briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, Julie also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Julie is the Texas Commission's liaison to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a seven-state power organization that serves the Panhandle and North East Texas. She currently serves as President of the SPP Regional-State Committee, and has also held the offices of Vice President and Secretary of that body. In 2004, Julie was appointed to the Texas Energy Planning Council by Governor Rick Perry, where she co-chaired the Infrastructure Subcommittee of that council. In addition, she served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners "Broadband over Power Line" task force.

Originally from Baytown, Texas, Julie is a graduate of Texas A&M University, and she received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. She is board certified in civil appellate law.

Julie resides in Austin with her husband, Lee, and their two children, Catherine and William.




Paul Hudson - Commissioner/Chairman  2003 - 2008

Paul Hudson - Commission/ChairmanPaul Hudson was appointed to the Commission in 2003 by Governor Rick Perry. In 2004, Governor Perry designated him Chairman. After serving almost four years as Chairman, Hudson stepped down in November of 2007 to continued service on the Commission until August 2008.

Chairman Hudson worked diligently to open electric and telecommunications markets while demanding that, ultimately, the benefits of those markets accrue to customers.

Prior to his Public Utility Commission appointment, Hudson served as Director of Policy, Deputy Director of Policy, and Policy Director for Business/Regulatory Issues in the Office of Governor Perry. He also served as Advisor to Commissioner Brett Perlman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and as a member of the Policy Development staff under former PUCT and FERC Chair Pat Wood.

During his career, at various intervals, he has focused on policy issues including telecommunications, energy, economic and workforce development, criminal justice, banking and insurance.

Hudson also served on the boards of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Clean Coal Technology Council.

Early in working life, Hudson was a member of the Austin Fire Department and certified to teach high school economics, government, and history.

Hudson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and received a master's degree from Arizona State University. He lives in Austin, with his wife Shannon, daughter Ella and son Cooper.




Rebecca Klein - Commissioner/Chairman  2001 - 2004

Rebecca Klein - ChairmanRebecca Klein was appointed on June 27, 2001 by Governor Rick Perry as one of three Commissioners of the Texas Public Utility Commission. On May 17, 2002, Rebecca Klein was appointed Chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission by Governor Rick Perry.

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Mrs. Klein served as Policy Director of General Government for Governor George W. Bush. Her areas of emphasis include technology, telecommunications and energy issues. She worked at the Public Utility Commission of Texas between 1997-1999 as a Senior Attorney in the Office of Policy Development. Prior to returning to her home state of Texas, Mrs. Klein worked as a Telecommunications Law Analyst at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where she resided since 1988.

While in Washington, D.C., Rebecca served as Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Trade & Development Agency from 1992-1993, where she oversaw accounts at numerous multilateral banks. From January 1989 to January 1992, she had the privilege of working at the White House and was appointed Associate Director for National Security in the Office of Presidential Personnel. Prior to her tenure at the White House, Rebecca was selected as one of twelve individuals, nation-wide, to receive a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Under the aegis of the Ford Foundation, Rebecca served as a Legislative Officer in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Legislative Liaison Division.

Rebecca is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She was awarded the National Defense and Southwest Asia Service Ribbons for her service in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Rebecca graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology. She received her Masters in National Security Studies at Georgetown University, and earned her JD at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.

She is married to Dale Klein, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs.




Brett A. Perlman - Commissioner  1999 - 2003

Brett Perlman - Commissioner - PUCT Brett A. Perlman served as Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. He was appointed by Governor George W. Bush on January 11, 1999 and his term expired in 2003.

Prior to his appointment to the Texas PUC, Perlman was a management consultant with the Texas office of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm known for its leadership role in business consulting. At McKinsey, Perlman specialized in strategic planning for Fortune 500 technology companies in identifying new market opportunities and developing corporate strategies.

Prior to his work at McKinsey, Perlman practiced law with the Washington D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and with the Houston office of Jenkens & Gilchrist.

A native of Houston, Perlman graduated Phi Beta Kappa in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He received a law degree from the University of Texas Law School where he was associate editor of the Texas Law Review. He also holds a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he focused on business and policy issues involving information technology, telecommunications industry and the Internet.




Max Yzaguirre - Chairman  2001 - 2002

Max Yzaguirre - Chairman In June 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed Max Yzaguirre to the three-member Public Utility Commission of Texas. Max served as Chairman of the Commission at the pleasure of the Governor. His term ended in 2002.

A native of Brownsville, Texas, Max is past president of Enron de Mexico. Prior to that, Max was a partner at Atlas & Hall in McAllen, Texas, and an attorney at Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Max is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors.






Pat Wood, III - Chairman  1995 - 2001

Pat Wood, III  - Chairman PUCTIn February 1995, Governor Bush appointed Patrick Henry Wood, III to the three-member Public Utility Commission of Texas to regulate the state’s telecommunications and electric power industries. Wood served as Chairman of the Commission at the pleasure of the Governor. His term ended on August 31, 2001.

A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Wood received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has worked as an engineer with Arco Indonesia and as an attorney with the Baker & Botts law firm in Washington, DC. Wood also served as legal advisor to a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and as legal counsel to the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.






Judy Walsh Commissioner  1995 - 2001

Judy Walsh Commissioner PUCTJudy W. Walsh was appointed the 18th commissioner of the PUC on July 17, 1995, by Governor George W. Bush and was sworn into office on July 19, 1995. Walsh is a retired tax partner with Deloitte and Touche. Before joining the PUC, she practiced as an independent consultant in strategic planning and estate and financial panning. She was the first woman admitted to partnership with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in 1974, and she served the company as a tax partner in the Los Angeles, Dallas, and San Antonio offices. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Walsh graduated from Rice University summa cum laude with a degree in business administration and economics. She has taught courses in taxation at the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has written extensively on diverse tax subjects. She is a native of La Grange, Texas. Walsh was confirmed by the Texas Senate in February 1997.

 



Pat Curran Commissioner  1997 - 1998

Robert Gee Commissioner/Chairman  1991 - 1997

Sarah Goodfriend Commissioner  1993 - 1995

Karl Rabago Commissioner  1992 - 1995

Marta Greytok Commissioner/Chairman  1987 - 1993

Paul Meek Commissioner/Chairman  1989 - 1992

Jo Campbell Commissioner  1985 - 1991

William Cassin Commissioner  1988 - 1989

Dennis Thomas Commissioner/Chairman  1984 - 1988

Peggy Rosson Commissioner/Chairman  1983 - 1987

Philip Ricketts Commissioner/Chairman  1983 - 1985

Alan Erwin Chairman  1983 - 1984

Tommie Smith Commissioner  1982 - 1983

Moak Rollins Commissioner/Chairman  1979 - 1983

George Cowden Commissioner/Chairman  1975 - 1983

Garrett Morris Commissioner/Chairman  1975 - 1982

Alan Erwin Commissioner  1975 - 1979