TWC Announces Commissioners Ruth Ruggero Hughs and Julian Alvarez Confirmations by the Texas Senate

DATE: June 01, 2017  

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Givens
PHONE: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the recent confirmation by the Texas Senate of the agency’s Employer Commissioner Ruth Ruggero Hughs and Labor Commissioner Julian Alvarez III.

Hailing from Corpus Christi, Commissioner Hughs brings a wealth of knowledge to the employers of Texas, having practiced law in private practice and through her experience as a small business owner. Hughs also previously served in the office of the Texas Attorney General as the Director of Defense Litigation, managing the civil litigation division. 

Commissioner Alvarez of Harlingen brings a unique perspective to the people making up the Texas labor force. Having served as President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Alvarez fostered local partnerships to stimulate the region’s economic development and job growth.

TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar said of his fellow Commissioners, “I am honored to serve the people of Texas with these visionary leaders. Commissioner Hughs has effectively served the needs of Texas business owners and she will be at the forefront of new and exciting employer services that can support their success.” He continued, “Commissioner Alvarez brings depth and expertise in education and economic development and has been working to build strong partnerships that advance the interests of Texas workers across the state. I congratulate these wonderful Texas leaders.”

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Commissioner Hughs to represent employers on the three-member commission in July 2015. Hughs serves as an advocate for the nearly 500,000 Texas Employers and ensures that employers’ concerns are considered in all Commission actions. Her office provides a variety of resources including training and assistance with workplace hiring, managing and recruiting matters.

“Since being appointed, it has been a privilege to meet with the many large and small employers across this great state,” said Commissioner Hughs. “I look forward to continuing our mission to ensure all Texas employers have access to the resources they need to start, grow, and thrive their businesses in Texas.”

Commissioner Alvarez was appointed by Gov. Abbott in February 2016 to represent the interests of Texas workers with respect to TWC services. Commissioner Alvarez’s office provides information and assistance to workers and labor unions on issues such as apprenticeship and workforce training, unemployment insurance claims and human resource and legal issues.

“The Texas workforce is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the incredible opportunities available to them in our state,” said Alvarez. “My goal as Commissioner representing the workers of Texas is to ensure that they are well-informed about these opportunities so that our current and future workforce continues to thrive.”

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services, subscribe to our email updates.

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The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services, subscribe to our email updates.

Texas Workforce Commission • 512-463-8942 • www.texasworkforce.org • Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Relay Texas: 800-735-2988 (TDD) or 711 (Voice)

 

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