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Office of Civil Rights Director

Ron Wilson serves as Director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR is responsible for affirmative action, employee Title VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964) discrimination investigations, and Title VI/Equal Employment Opportunity contract compliance. The office oversees the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification programs and DBE compliance elements of Business Outreach and Program Services.

Wilson’s life has been one of public service. Before joining TxDOT in April 2012, he served for years in the Texas Legislature. He did not set out to be in politics—he enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 with the sole intention of becoming a lawyer. But he took a slight detour when he met the late state legislator Mickey Leland in 1973 and went to work for him. In 1976, while Wilson was still an undergraduate, Leland encouraged him to run for an open seat in the Legislature. Wilson won that election, taking office in 1977 as one of the youngest state representatives in Texas history. He held that seat for 27 years.   

But Wilson did not abandon his dream of becoming a lawyer. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1993. As a self-taught bassist and guitarist with a lifelong love of music, Ron's legal focus was in the area of entertainment law.

Ron and his wife Treina were married in 1980, and they have two sons, Erik and Colby.

Contact Wilson by phone at (512) 416-4700 or by email.