Tom Pauken

A Look Inside the Texas Workforce Commission

Chairman for the Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission is the state government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. For employers, TWC offers recruiting, retention, training and retraining, and outplacement services as well as valuable information on labor law and labor market statistics. For job seekers, TWC offers career development information, job search resources, training programs, and, as appropriate, unemployment benefits.

Tom Pauken is Chairman for the Texas Workforce Commission. Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the three-member Commission in March 2008. His Commission appointment expires February 1, 2013.

Chairman Pauken brings years of experience in public service to the Texas Workforce Commission. He has held numerous leadership and business positions and is an attorney and mediator.

In 2007, he served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Appraisal Reform.

He served in the White House Counsel Office under President Reagan and was appointed by the President to serve as director of ACTION, where he founded the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program. He was instrumental with the implementation of First Lady Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No to Drugs campaign.

Chairman Pauken is a United States Army veteran. He received a commission in Military Intelligence and served in Vietnam as a Province Intelligence Officer and as a senior analyst for the Office of Strategic Research Analysis.

He serves on numerous boards of directors and advisory councils, including President of TWP, Inc., Member, Future Matrix, Trustee of Capital Partners II, Ltd., Liquidating Trust, Member and former Chairman of Tutogen Medical, Inc., Member and former Chairman of TOR Minerals International, Inc., Past Vice President of Garvon, Inc., and Past President of KRZI Radio.

Chairman Pauken is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus. He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Chairman Pauken is the author of the book, The Thirty Years War. Married with seven children and nine grandchildren, he and his wife Ida reside in Dallas.