Buddy Garcia has been appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) by Gov. Rick Perry. Garcia’s appointment fills a position vacated by Elizabeth Ames Jones in February (see Daily GPI, Feb. 15). Garcia most recently served on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). He was appointed to TCEQ by Perry in 2007 and served as chairman from September 2007 until September 2009. Prior to his appointment to TCEQ, Garcia was Texas’ deputy secretary of state and border commerce coordinator. He also previously served as a senior adviser to Perry and state Sen. Eddie Lucio. A native of Brownsville, TX, Garcia received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University.

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