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2009-09-23 / Statewide

Gov. Rick Perry appoints 5 to Western States Water Council

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Western States Water Council for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The council consists of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 western states. The council seeks to accomplish cooperation among western states in the conservation, development and management of water resources, and provide a forum for the exchange of views, perspectives, and experiences among member states. The council also provides analysis of federal and state developments in order to evaluate impacts of federal laws and programs and of state laws and policies.

Christopher D. DeCluitt of Waco is president of The Sovereign Corporation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, McLennan County Bar Association, and American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is also presiding officer of the Brazos River Authority, vice chair of the City of Waco Building Standards Commission, vice president of the Greater Waco Texas A&M Club, and a member of Rotary International and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. DeCluitt received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He will serve as an alternate member.

John R. Elliott of Hunt is a supply and distribution consultant for TexPar Engery LLC. He is Precinct 4 director of the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District of Kerr County. Elliott served in the U.S. Army and received a bachelor’s degree from Carthage College. He will serve as an alternate member.

Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls represents State Senate District 30, and is chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs and vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. He is a member of the Council of State Governments Southern Legislative Conference Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, National Conference of State Legislators Agriculture and Energy Committee, and National Conference of State Legislators Environment Committee. He is also chairman of the board of Estes Inc. Estes will serve as an alternate member.

Thomas Weir Labatt of San Antonio is president of Labatt Management Co. LLC and managing agent of Bundy Ross Ranch. He is an advisory director of the Texas Trust Company, and a member of the San Antonio Rotary Club and San Antonio chapter of the Nature Conservancy of Texas. He is also past chairman of San Antonio Habitat for Humanity, vice chairman of the Western States Water Council, and a member of the Texas Water Development Board. Labatt served in the U.S. Army and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carlos Rubinstein of Austin is a commissioner for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency NAFTA Governmental Advisory Committee, North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He is also a Texas representative to the Border Governors Conference Water Worktable, past Rio Grande Watermaster, and former Brownsville city manager. Rubinstein received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pan American University.

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