J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., is Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Commissioner on Feb. 13, 2015, and confirmed by the Texas State Senate on March 17, 2015, for a six-year term. On Sept. 19, 2017, Abbott appointed Bugg as Chairman.
Previously, Bugg was appointed to serve as chairman and president of the Texas Economic Development Corporation and a senior advisor to Gov. Rick 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 the Bank of San Antonio, and chairman of the Bank of San Antonio; chairman, president and chief executive officer of Capitol of Texas Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for the Bank of Austin, and chairman of the Bank of Austin; and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Hill Country Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for Texas Hill Country Bank and a board member of Texas Hill Country Bank. In addition, Bugg also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Argyle Investment Co. LLC, 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 cofounder of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, owner of the new $205 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio.
Bugg currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust, chairman of the Endowment Investment Committee, member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the McNay Art Museum. He is a former board member of the 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 and 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 Doctor and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Southern Methodist University. He is 64 years old, married to Alethea Bugg and has two sons, Jim and Tom. Bugg and his two sons are Eagle Scouts.