Texas Commissioner of Education

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Texas Commissioner of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $21,912,616,960
Term limits:  None
Authority:  Texas Education Code, Chapter 7, Section 51
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Michael Williams.jpg
Name:  Michael Williams
Assumed office:  September 1, 2012
Compensation:  $215,000
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The Texas Commissioner of Education is a state executive position in the Texas state government. The commissioner is tasked with overseeing the state's schools including student assessment, curriculum standards and charter school oversight.

Current officeholder

Michael Williams took office on September 1, 2012. Governor Rick Perry appointed Williams, who formerly served on the Texas Railroad Commission, following the resignation of long-time education officer Robert Scott.[1] Scott resigned in the summer of 2012 after the Texas Legislature decided to cut the public school budget by $5 billion.


The commissioner's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 7 of the Texas Education Code.

Chapter 7 Section 51:

The governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint the commissioner of education.[2]


Chapter 7 of the Texas Education Code establishes the requirements for office:

Section 51, Chapter 7:

The commissioner must be a citizen of the United States.[3]


The commissioner of education is appointed by the Governor of Texas with the consent of the state Senate.[4]


Under Article 4, Section 12 of the state constitution, "all vacancies in State or district offices, except members of the Legislature, shall be filled unless otherwise provided by law by appointment of the Governor."


The commissioner of education serves as the educational leader of the state, serving as the executive officer of the Texas Education Agency and executive secretary of the state Board of Education, overseeing the state's 1,200 school districts and charter schools. The commissioner carries out duties as directed by both state agency and the state legislature.

The specific duties of the commissioner are outlined, in detail, in Title 2, Subtitle B, Chapter 7, Subchapter 1, Section 7.055(b) of the Texas statutes.

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Texas Education Authority Organizational Chart as of April 1, 2010.


  • General Council
  • Federal and State Education Policy
  • Student Assessment
  • Research and Analysis
  • Educator Standards
  • Charter Schools
  • Discretionary Grants[5]

State budget

See also: Texas state budget and finances

The budget for the Texas Education Agency in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,912,616,960.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $215,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $186,300, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2012, the commissioner received a salary of $186,300, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $186,300, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

Since 1950, Texas has had 13 commissioners of education.

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Recent news

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Contact information

William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas

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