Tom Pauken

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Tom Pauken
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Former candidate for
Governor of Texas
Prior offices
Texas Workforce Commission
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service4
Date of birth08/24/1963
Place of birthVictoria County, Texas
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Tom Pauken was a 2014 Republican candidate for Governor of Texas. Filing his campaign paperwork on March 21, 2013, Pauken withdrew from the race on December 5, 2013.[1][2]

Pauken previously served as the appointed head of the Texas Workforce Commission, the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

He first assumed office in March 2008. He was chairman until April 30, 2012.[3] Pauken was succeeded by former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade (R) following his resignation from the commission in March of 2013.[4]


Pauken served in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer in Vietnam and was elected national chairman of the College Republicans during the rise of the anti-Vietnam protest movement. He was also appointed to President Ronald Reagan's administration in the White House Counsel's Office, Director of ACTION, where he founded the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program. On August 21, 2006, Pauken was assigned by Governor Rick Perry to chair the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform (TFAR) to study and make recommendations on how to address Texans' continuing concerns over property appraisals.[3]

  • Chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Appraisal Reform (2007-2008)
  • Chair the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform (2006-2007)
  • Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas (1994–1997)
  • Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (1987-1992)[5]
  • Director of the volunteer program ACTION (1981-1985)[5]


  • B.S., Political science, Georgetown University[3]
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University[3]

Political career

Texas Workforce Commission (2008-2013)

Pauken served on the Texas Workforce Commission since March 2008.

Elections & Appointments


See also: Texas gubernatorial election, 2014

Pauken initially made a bid for election as Governor of Texas in 2014. On March 21, 2013, Pauken filed paperwork with the secretary of state allowing him to begin raising money for his 2014 campaign.[1] He withdrew from the race on December 5, 2013, four days before the filing deadline. Pauken was seeking the Republican nomination.[2]


Pauken was first appointed to the commission by Gov. Rick Perry in August of 2008. He served five years in the position, most of which as chairman of the three member panel. Pauken stepped down in Feb. 2013 and Perry appointed Hope Andrade - who resigned as secretary of state the prior November - as his replacement.[4]


Paulken and his wife, the former Ida Ayala, have seven children and 12 grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas Workforce Commission
Succeeded by
Hope Andrade (R)