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TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas Steps Down

Date: May 13, 2019

Media Contact: Margaret Hession
Phone: 512-463-8942


AUSTIN – TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas announced his resignation from the Texas Workforce Commission.  

“We thank Commissioner Thomas for supporting the agency’s mission to Texas employers and job seekers,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “I admired his commitment to promoting a valued workforce system and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

While at TWC, Commissioner Thomas focused on bridging the gap in middle-skilled healthcare workers, and fostering partnerships with the state’s 28 local workforce boards. He was dedicated to serving the public and supported the growth of Texas’ world-class workforce including individuals with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, foster youth, veterans, and those with history in the corrections system.

“It has been an honor to serve alongside Commissioner Thomas; his passion for Texas is unparalleled,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The policies he championed moved to help all Texans, regardless of background, work towards economic stability and prosperity. His passion and commitment to serve all Texans will certainly be missed.”  

Thomas has also served as a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Texas Facilities Commission and former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Additionally, he is a member of the Austin Community College Bond Oversight Committee and the Downtown Austin Vision Steering Committee, a former member of the Travis County Civil and Family Courts Committee, and former board member of the African American Cultural Heritage District.


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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