About Tom Pauken, Former Texas Workforce Commission Chair
A native Texan, Tom Pauken was active in the Goldwater for President Campaign in 1964. A year later, he was elected national chairman of the College Republicans during the rise of the anti-Vietnam protest movement. Enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1967, Tom served as a military intelligence officer in Vietnam.
Tom served on President Ronald Reagan's White House staff. Named Director of the ACTION agency by President Reagan, he eliminated the use of federal tax dollars to fund Saul Alinsky-style leftist organizers. At ACTION, Tom founded the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program and implemented Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No to Drugs" campaign. For his meritorious service as Director of ACTION, Tom Pauken was awarded the Ronald Reagan Medal of Honor by his fellow Reagan administration alumni.
Elected Texas Republican State Chairman in 1994, Tom helped build a Republican majority in Texas from the grassroots.
Tom Pauken served as Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission from 2008 to 2012 where he championed the cause of increased opportunities for vocational education, rebuilding our U.S. manufacturing base, and helping our returned veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan make a successful transition to civilian life through such initiatives as the Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP).
A former venture-capital executive, Tom is a small business owner and the author of The Thirty Years War: The Politics of the Sixties Generation. His most recent book is BRINGING AMERICA HOME: How America Lost Her Way and How We Can Find Our Way Back.
Building Tomorrow's Leaders Award
We are proud to announce that State Representative Donna Howard is the 2013 winner of the Austin Center for Public Policy and Political Studies Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. As a member of both the House Appropriations and Higher Education Committees, Representative Howard has worked tirelessly for the interests of Texas college students and institutions of higher education. Representative Howard holds a Master of Health Education degree, and her efforts have assured the quality education of this and future generations of Texas leaders. This has earned her the appreciation of ACC, our Center and many young Texans. Join us in honoring Representative Donna Howard at our Lunch noon May 23rd at the Hilton Hotel.
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