Weatherford Democrat

August 21, 2013

Williamson named to state water board


Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports



AUSTIN – A Weatherford woman and business owner who chairs the Texas Lottery Commission has been appointed to the Texas Water Development Board.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mary Ann Williamson, along with Carlos Rubinstein and Bech Bruun, as new full-time members of the TWDB. Their terms are effective Sept. 1. Rubinstein will serve as chair of the board. The three-member board will provide leadership, planning and financial and technical assistance for the responsible development of water for Texas.

The widow of State Rep. Ric Williamson, for whom the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway is named, Mary Ann Williamson is owner of MKS Natural Gas Company, located in Parker County. Besides serving as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission, she is a board member of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the Austin Colony Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is past-president of the Weatherford Independent School District Community Education Advisory Council.

She previously served as a board member of the Weatherford Little League and volunteered with Couts Methodist Church and the Weatherford ISD.

A certified public accountant, Williamson received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2019.

Perry appointed Williamson to the Texas Lottery Commission on Oct. 7, 2008, and designated her as chair of the Commission on March 27, 2009.

Rubinstein is a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a position he has held since his appointment in August 2009.

He is a member of the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group and is the Texas representative to the Western States Water Council, the Border Governors Conference Sustainable Development worktable, the Environmental Council of the States and the Good Neighbor Environmental Board.

He is also a member of an independent federal advisory committee that assists the president and Congress on environmental infrastructure needs along the U.S. border with Mexico and the Governmental Advisory Committee, which advises the EPA Administrator on environmental concerns regarding NAFTA, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Prior to his appointment, Rubinstein served as deputy executive director of TCEQ and as Rio Grande Watermaster. He is also the past Texas representative to the Border Governors Conference Water worktable and a former city manager for the City of Brownsville.

Rubinstein received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pan American University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2017, and will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Bruun is currently serving as Director of Governmental Appointments for the Office of the Governor, and previously served as the government and customer relations manager for the Brazos River Authority. A native of Corpus Christi, he also served as chief of staff to State Representative Todd Hunter (District 32).

Bruun is former general counsel to the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, past executive director of Texas Victory 2008, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Knights of the Austin Symphony, and the Onion Creek Club Board of Governors.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2015.