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Three full-time commissioners are appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) by the Governor, one each representing employers, labor, and the public. Together, they oversee the functioning of TWC and develop agency policy.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E 15th St
Austin, TX 78778-0001
Andres Alcantar - Chairman
Commissioner Representing the Public
Andres Alcantar is Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Chairman Alcantar was appointed for a term to expire on February 1, 2019.
TWC’s mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. TWC oversees the state’s employment, training, child care, adult education, and unemployment insurance programs, and delivers these services through Texas Workforce Solutions, a network of 28 Local Workforce Development Boards.
Chairman Alcantar works to implement customized services to meet the needs of Texas’ vast array of industries and advance the development of a strong and competitive workforce. He promotes the expansion of industry-based partnerships that center on best practices to help workers and businesses achieve success. He encourages strategies that prepare students for postsecondary success at work or in the classroom, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives as a key component of future workforce competitiveness.
Chairman Alcantar previously served as deputy director of the Governor’s Budget, Planning, and Policy Division, advising the Governor on federal, state, and local issues and providing executive oversight to state boards and commissions. His focus included workforce, economic development, and competitiveness issues. He also served as an adviser to former Governor George W. Bush in the Office of Budget and Planning and was a director for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Chairman Alcantar received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Tech University.
Ronald G. Congleton
Commissioner Representing Labor
Ronald G. Congleton is Commissioner Representing Labor for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the three-member Commission in October 2003. Governor Perry reappointed him on February 3, 2011. His Commission appointment expires February 1, 2017.
More than 35 years of experience in negotiations and commitment to representing working Texans give Commissioner Congleton a strong background for his role.
Mr. Congleton joined the trucking industry as a driver in 1968 with Consolidated Forwarding then transferred to McLean Trucking in 1970. While with McLean, he became head steward with Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas where he cultivated his leadership skills. Commissioner Congleton remained head steward with Local 745 when he moved to Yellow Freight Systems in 1986, where he also was a registered hazardous material handler. He remained with Yellow Freight Systems until 1997. Mr. Congleton was chosen to be president of the 7,500-member Local 745 in 1997 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2002. Prior to his retirement, he served as the chairman of the Southern Region Grievance Committee for nine southern states and was a member of the National Grievance Committee in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2002.
Before entering his career in trucking and serving Texas' workers, Commissioner Congleton served our nation in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967. As a shipfitter, he served aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Chicago from 1963 to 1965. From 1965 until 1967, he served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise in Southeast Asia.
Honors and Awards
Ruth R. Hughs
Commissioner Representing Employers
Ruth Ruggero Hughs is the Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her to the three-member commission in July 2015. Her term as commissioner expires on Feb. 1, 2021.
As the Commissioner Representing Employers, Commissioner Hughs serves as an advocate for the nearly 500,000 Texas Employers and her office provides a variety of resources including training and assistance with workplace concerns.
Prior to her appointment, Hughs served in the private practice of law and was the owner and managing partner of an award-winning film production company. Prior to her work in the private sector, Hughs served in the Texas Attorney General’s Office as the Director of Defense, managing six of 11 civil litigation divisions and assisting with the management of the other five. Additionally Hughs defended state agencies and employees in civil rights and employment litigation in state and federal courts and provided advice to employers on employment matters.
Hughs was recognized twice as a Rising Star in the legal community by Texas Monthly and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers Law School.
Hughs lives in Austin with her husband, Greg and their two children.