AUSTIN,Texas, January 9, 2009--Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced the appointment of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs’ Center for Politics and Governance Director Veronica Vargas Stidvent to the Texas Human Rights Commission. Stidvent replaces Patricia Asip of Plano, whose term expires February 1, 2009.
The Texas Human Rights Commission investigates statewide employment and housing discrimination. The vision of the Commission includes: assuring open access to the educational system, providing for Texas’s transportation needs, meeting the basic health care needs of Texans, providing economic opportunities and growing businesses, and providing for the safety and security of all inside Texas’ borders.
Stidvent previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she provided advice and counsel to the Secretary of Labor on the vast array of labor issues that affect the American worker, including immigration reform, worker health and safety, and job training. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Stidvent served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Policy under the George W. Bush Administration where she helped develop policy on a wide range of issue areas including labor, education, justice, homeland security, and regulatory reform. Before that, she served as a policy adviser in Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In that position, she provided counsel on federal regulatory policy and coordinated the implementation of new rules with the federal agencies and senior White House officials.
Additionally, Perry named Thomas M. Anderson, a human rights executive and president of the HR Houston Board of Directors, as the chair of the Commission and Danny L. Osterhout, general manager of Magneto Service and Supply, to the spot being vacated by Nela Wipf of Harlingen.
For more information about Veronica Vargas Stidvent, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/cpg/about/faculty_staff.php
For more information on the Center for Politics and Governance, visit: http: //www.utexas.edu/lbj/cpg.
For more information on Perry’s appointments to the Texas Human Rights Commission, visit: governor.state.tx.us/news/appointments/11774.