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 Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 13, 2015, and confirmed by the Texas State Senate on March 17, 2015, for a six-year term. Gov. Abbott appointed him Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission on Sept. 19, 2017.
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 also 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; and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Hill Country Bancshares Inc., a Texas bank holding company for 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 chairman and Trustee of the Tobin Endowment, a private charitable foundation, in San Antonio, Texas, and 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 is the chairman of the Endowment Investment Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bugg is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust, a former board member of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and a former trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He is 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 and a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the McNay Art Museum.
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 married to Alethea Bugg and has two sons, Jim and Tom. Bugg is an Eagle Scout.