Political People and their Moves

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed J. Bruce Bugg Jr. of San Antonio as president and chairman of the Texas Economic Development Corp. Bugg is chairman and CEO of several companies, including Southwest Bancshares Inc. He also chairs the Bank of San Antonio.

Perry also appointed Michael K. “Mike” Griffiths of Austin and June Scogin of Cedar Park to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Griffiths is executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and Scogin is a former consultant for G4S Youth Services LLC and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Perry appointed Michael Willson of Midland to the 11 Court of Appeals. Willson is a shareholder and vice president of a law firm, Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Dawson.

With his successor, Christi Craddick, elected last month, Railroad Commissioner Buddy Garcia resigned this week. Garcia was appointed in April after Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones resigned to concentrate on a Texas Senate bid. 

Assembled under the new shingle “Texas Legislative Associates”: Former Reps. Kent Grusendorf and Bill Keffer, and lobbyists Brad Shields, Brad Shields II and Stephanie Gibson. Noble Strategic Partners, a public relations firm, is also in the fold.

Brandon Harris is the new chief information officer at the Texas Railroad Commission. He was most recently with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Deaths: Former U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Beaumont, a labor and LBJ ally swept out of office by the Republican surge in 1994. He was elected to the Texas House in 1946 and to Congress four years later. Brooks was 89.

Hilmar Moore, the mayor of Richmond from 1949, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term, until this death this week at age 92.