"Along with the late commission Chairman Ric Williamson, Houghton has been a strong advocate of long-term toll road leases with private companies."
By Ben Wear
Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Texas Transportation Commissions Ted Houghton and Fred Underwood to six-year terms that would expire in February 2015. Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Texas Senate.
Houghton, 57, from El Paso, is self-employed in financial services, executive benefits and estate planning. He has served on the commission since December 2003, joining the board when the Legislature expanded it from three to five members. Along with the late commission Chairman Ric Williamson, Houghton was a strong advocate of long-term toll road leases with private companies, but in recent months has toned down his rhetoric on the issue.
Underwood, who lives in Lubbock, has been on the commission for just two years, filling an unexpired term. He is president and CEO of Trinity Company, a cotton bale storage company.
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