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April 17, 2013

Texas Senate Confirms Commissioners Brown and Watson

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate today unanimously confirmed the appointments of Ada Brown, of Dallas, and Randy Watson, of Burleson, to serve as commissioners of the Texas Public Safety Commission.

“I am grateful to the Texas Senate for their support of my appointment,” said Commissioner Brown. “I have been a member of the Public Safety Commission since 2008, and I will continue to take this responsibility very seriously and make decisions that are in the best interest of the people of this great state.”

“Public service is a great honor, and I am committed to working with the Department of Public Safety to assist them in effectively carrying out their mission to protect and serve Texas,” said Commissioner Watson. “Today I am humbled and thankful for the Senate’s confirmation of my appointment.”

Commissioner Brown is an attorney at McKool Smith. She previously served as a Dallas County Criminal Court Judge and a prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Brown is a National Institute for Trial Advocacy faculty member, and teaches at various trial skills and child advocacy programs. Brown is a member of the Mensa Genius Society, the J.L. Turner Legal Society, the American Bar Association and the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary. She received a bachelor's degree from Spelman College and a law degree from Emory University School of Law. Brown was appointed to the commission in October 2008 and reappointed in 2011 for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Commissioner Watson is chairman and CEO of Justin Brands Inc., a division of Berkshire Hathaway. He is president of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, executive board member of the Texas Future Farmers of America Foundation and Fort Worth Stock Show, and former vice chair of the Texas Ranger Association Foundation. Watson is a member of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, Texas Association of Business, University of Houston Letterman's Association and Fort Worth Stock Show Calf Scramble Committee. He is also past president of the Joshua Independent School District Board of Trustees, past board member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, and a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Watson was appointed to the commission in December 2012, and his term expires Jan. 1, 2018.

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