J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Chairman
J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. is Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of TxDOT. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as commissioner on February 13, 2015 and confirmed by the Texas State Senate on March 17, 2015, for a six-year term. On Sept. 19, 2017, Governor Abbott appointed Bugg as chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission. On Feb. 23, 2021, Governor Abbott reappointed Bugg to a new six year term to continue serving as chairman and was confirmed by the Texas State Senate on March 31, 2021. Bugg’s current term expires on Feb. 1, 2027.
Previously, Bugg was appointed to serve as chairman and president of the Texas Economic Development Corporation and a senior advisor to Governor Perry on the State of Texas’ economic development strategies and initiatives from 2012 to May, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Bugg was appointed to serve as the governor’s appointee on the Board of Directors of Humanities Texas in Austin, Texas.
Bugg is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Southwest Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for Texas Partners Bank, and Executive Chairman and chief executive officer of Texas Partners Bank. Texas Partners Bank operates under the names of The Bank of San Antonio, The Bank of Austin and Texas Hill Country Bank. In addition, Bugg also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Argyle Investment Co., L.L.C., a private investment firm.
Bugg is also chairman and trustee of The Tobin Endowment, a private charitable foundation, in San Antonio, Texas and founding chairman and co-founder of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, owner of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio.
Bugg currently serves as a trustee of the Board of Trustees of the McNay Art Museum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a former board member of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, former trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, former trustee of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Hall, a private school in San Antonio, Texas, former chairman of the Board of Governors of Cancer Therapy & Research Center, and former officer and trustee of the Texas Research and Technology Foundation.
Bugg is a member of the State Bar of Texas and holds juris doctorate and bachelor of business administration degrees from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Alethea Bugg and has two sons, Jim and Tom. Bugg is an Eagle Scout.