|Running for Governor of Texas|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed by||Gov. Rick Perry (R)|
|Texas Workforce Commission|
|J.D.||Southern Methodist University|
|Years of service||4|
|Place of birth||Victoria County, Texas|
Pauken first assumed office in March 2008. He was chairman until April 30, 2012. Pauken was succeeded by former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade (R) following his resignation from the commission in March of 2013.
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.
- 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) 
- Director of the volunteer program ACTION (1981-1985) 
Texas Workforce Commission (2008-2013)
Pauken served on the Texas Workforce Commission since March 2008.
Elections & Appointments
- See also: Texas gubernatorial election, 2014
Pauken is running for election as Governor of Texas. On March 21, 2013, Pauken filed paperwork with the secretary of state allowing him to begin raising money for his 2014 campaign. He is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, potentially as a challenger to incumbent Rick Perry, who has yet to confirm whether he will run for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
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.
Paulken and his wife, the former Ida Ayala, have seven children and 12 grandchildren.
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