THE GOVERNOR

Appointments

Appointments for February 16, 2018

Appointed to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for a term to expire August 30, 2023, Ronald E. "Ron" Hood of Dripping Springs (Constable Hood is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for a term to expire August 30, 2023, Jack W. Taylor of Austin (replacing James Neil Oakley of Spicewood whose term expired).

Appointments for February 20, 2018

Appointed to the Texas Transportation Commission for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Wylie "Alvin" New of Christoval (replacing Tryon D. Lewis of Odessa who resigned).

Appointments for February 21, 2018

Appointed to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for a term to expire August 22, 2019, James M. Scott of Beaumont (Mr. Scott is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for a term to expire August 22, 2019, Shawn M. Sparrow of Beaumont (Mr. Sparrow is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for a term to expire August 22, 2019, Milton "Brad" Taylor of Orange (Mr. Taylor is being reappointed).

Appointments for February 22, 2018

Appointed to the Texas Water Development Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Peter M. Lake of Austin (replacing Bech K. Bruun of Austin).

Appointed to the Texas Water Development Board for a term to expire February 1, 2019, Brooke T. Paup of Austin (replacing Bech K. Bruun of Austin who resigned).

Appointments for February 28, 2018

Appointed to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Camille Cain of Austin (replacing David J. Reilly of San Antonio).

Appointed to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Reilly Webb of Austin (replacing Camille Cain of Austin).

Appointed to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Gerald R. "Ray" Callas, M.D., of Beaumont (replacing Ravindra "Ravi" Shah of Carrollton whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Gary F. Wesson, D.D.S., of Bastrop (replacing Catherine J. Rodewald of Frisco whose term expired).

Appointments for March 1, 2018

Pursuant to HB 5, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services for a term to expire September 1, 2019, Henry L. "Hank" Whitman, Jr. of Floresville.

Promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in Headquarters, Texas State Guard, Austin, Texas, effective March 1, 2018, Anthony Woods of Austin.

Appointments for March 5, 2018

Appointed to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term to expire February 1, 2019, Mary Pincoffs Wilson of Austin (replacing Anna Maria Farias of Alexandria who resigned).

Appointed to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Wanda "Janelle" Shepard of Weatherford (replacing Ann S. McGinity, Ph.D, of Pearland who resigned).

Appointed to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Bernadette C. Coleman of Denton (replacing Deborah S. "Debbie" Gibson of Houston whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Jill E. Jester of Denton (replacing Mary Pincoffs Wilson of Austin whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Kathleen J. Wu of Dallas (replacing Melissa D. Tonn, M.D., of Dallas whose term expired).

Appointments for March 6, 2018

Appointed to the Texas Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors for a term to expire July 1, 2023, Kristina R. "Kristi" Koncaba of Friendswood (replacing Jay L. Eisen of Beaumont whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors for a term to expire July 1, 2023, John D. Swanson of Frisco (Mr. Swanson is being reappointed).

Appointments for March 7, 2018

Pursuant to SB 1893, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, appointed as Presiding Judge of the Eleventh Administrative Judicial Region for a term to expire four years from the date of qualification, Susan B. Brown of Houston.

Appointments for March 9, 2018

Appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire August 31, 2023, Michael J. "Mike" Plank of Houston (replacing Wanda "Janelle" Shepard of Weatherford whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire August 31, 2023, Donna N. Williams of Arlington (replacing David Dean Teuscher, M.D., of Paige whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire August 31, 2023, Welcome W. Wilson, Jr. of Houston (replacing Robert W. "Bobby" Jenkins, Jr. of Austin whose term expired).

Appointed as Chairman to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Stuart W. Stedman of Houston (replacing Robert W. "Bobby" Jenkins, Jr. of Austin).

Appointed as Vice Chairman to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Fred Farias, III, O.D., of McAllen (replacing Stuart W. Stedman of Houston).

Appointments for March 12, 2018

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Juana "Estela" Avery of Fredericksburg (Ms. Avery is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Christine "Tina" Yturria Buford of Harlingen (Ms. Buford is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Starr-Renee "Starr" Corbin of Georgetown (Ms. Corbin is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Karen H. Harris of Austin (Ms. Harris is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Amy J. Henderson of Amarillo (Ms. Henderson is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Karen D. Manning of Houston (Ms. Manning is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Imelda Navarro of Laredo (Ms. Navarro is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Nathali Parker of Rosebud (replacing Jennifer C. Chiang of Sugarland whose term expired).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Rienke Radler of Fort Worth (Ms. Radler is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Jinous M. Rouhani of Austin (Ms. Rouhani is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Catherine G. Susser of Corpus Christi (Ms. Susser is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Governor's Commission for Women for a term to expire December 31, 2019, Laura Koenig Young of Tyler (Ms. Young is being reappointed).

Appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term to expire August 31, 2023, Douglas H. "Doug" Brooks of Plano (replacing Welcome W. Wilson, Jr. of Houston whose term expired).

Appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term to expire August 31, 2023, Joe M. Gutierrez, Jr. of Houston (replacing Spencer D. Armour, III of Midland whose term expired).

Appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term to expire August 31, 2023, Jack B. Moore of Houston (replacing Roger Fleming Welder of Victoria whose term expired).

Appointments for March 16, 2018

Appointed to the OneStar National Service Commission for a term to expire March 15, 2019, Daphne D. Brookins of Forest Hill (Ms. Brookins is being reappointed).

Appointed to the OneStar National Service Commission for a term to expire March 15, 2019, Annette G. Juba of Austin (Ms. Juba is being reappointed).

Appointed to the OneStar National Service Commission for a term to expire March 15, 2019, Michael H. "Mike" Morath of Austin (Commissioner Morath is being reappointed).

Appointed to the OneStar National Service Commission for a term to expire March 15, 2019, Eugene J. "Gene" Seaman of Corpus Christi (replacing Mary M. Keller, Ed.D, of Harker Heights whose term expired).

Appointed to the OneStar National Service Commission for a term to expire March 15, 2019, Kathryn R. Timmerman of Austin (Ms. Timmerman is being reappointed).

Appointed to the OneStar National Service Commission for a term to expire March 15, 2019, Katherine J. "Kate" Williamson of Midland (Ms. Williamson is being reappointed).

Appointed as Presiding Judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region for a term to expire four years from the date of qualification, Raymond G. "Ray" Wheless of Allen (replacing Judge Mary L. Murphy of Dallas whose term expired).

Appointments for March 19, 2018

Pursuant to SB 313, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, appointed to the State Board of Dental Examiners for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Rodney Bustamante of Austin.

Pursuant to SB 313, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, appointed to the State Board of Dental Examiners for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Kathryn A. "Kaci" Sisk of Spring Branch.

Appointments for March 20, 2018

Appointed to the State Preservation Board for a term to expire February 1, 2019, Alethea Swann Bugg of San Antonio (replacing Iris H. Moore of Fort Worth who resigned).

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3580

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

Whereas, the Board of Pardons and Paroles has unanimously recommended a commutation to a sentence less than death for Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, TDCJ #999522; and

Whereas, the Board’s decision is supported by the totality of circumstances in this case so long as Thomas Bartlett Whitaker is never released from prison; and

Whereas, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker has, through counsel, forever waived any and all claims to parole in exchange for a commutation of his sentence from death to life without the possibility of parole; and

WHEREAS, THOMAS BARTLETT WHITAKER’s agreement to forever waive any and all claims to parole constitutes an essential and indispensable element of my decision; and

Whereas, the Governor has authority to commute Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole even without the waiver submitted in this case; and

Whereas, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker recruited others, including Chris Brashear, to kill Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s mother, father, and brother; and

Whereas, Brashear killed Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s mother and brother, and attempted but failed to kill Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s father; and

Whereas, Brashear, who shot and killed the deceased, was sentenced to life, but Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, who conspired to kill his parents and brother, but did not actually shoot the gun that caused the murders, was sentenced to death in Cause No. 42969 in the 400th Judicial District Court, Fort Bend County, Texas, on March 8, 2007; and

Whereas, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s father, whom Brashear and Thomas Bartlett Whitaker attempted but failed to kill, passionately opposes the execution of his son;

Now therefore, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the Constitution and laws of this State, and as a consequence of the circumstances stated above, and acting upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, do hereby grant unto the said:

Thomas Bartlett Whitaker

A commutation of sentence to imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole for the offense above set out in cause no. 42969, 400th Judicial District Court, Fort Bend County, Texas.

This commutation shall have no legal force or effect, and shall be void ab initio, if Thomas Bartlett Whitaker ever withdraws his waiver of parole or if his sentence as commuted is ever challenged.

I hereby direct that a copy of this proclamation be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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