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Former TWC Chair & Commissioner Representing Employers Resigns to Serve as Texas Secretary of State

Date: August 19, 2019

Media Contact: Cisco Gamez
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ Former Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs today announced her resignation to serve as Texas Secretary of State.

“I am grateful to TWC and our workforce partners and thank the Governor for the opportunity to serve in this capacity for the past four years. It has been an honor and privilege to work with such dedicated individuals across the state toward our mission of supporting a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity,” said former Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The tireless work done by employers and individuals across the state working together to provide career pathways is inspiring. These partnerships contribute to keeping Texas the number one state in the nation for business.”

Ruth Ruggero Hughs was appointed Commissioner Representing Employers in July 2015, and Chair in August 2018.  In her role as the Commissioner Representing Employers, Chair Hughs served as an advocate for the over 550,000 Texas employers and worked to connect them with the resources they need to start, grow and expand their businesses.

 “What an honor it has been to serve alongside former Commissioner Ruth Hughs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I have no doubt she’ll bring the same energy and Texas first attitude to her new role and wish her all the best.”

Chair Hughs proudly sponsored Texas Business Conferences across the state, offering business employment law guidance, as well as implementing initiatives for veterans, women entrepreneurs and people with disabilities. She was devoted to supporting economic development and education efforts that helped advance the skilled workforce that Texas demands.  Under her leadership, TWC continued to maintain its status as one of the most comprehensive and integrated workforce systems in the country.

“I want to thank former Commissioner Hughs for her tireless work and commitment to making Texas a better state to live and do business in,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “A public servant of the highest standards, I wish her luck in her new endeavor.”


The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.

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