AUSTIN—Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) today announced the appointment of Paul Hobby (Houston) to the Texas Ethics Commission. His term will expire on November 19, 2015. “I am pleased to appoint Paul Hobby to serve on the Texas Ethics Commission,” said Speaker Straus. “His experience as well as his service in the public sector will be critical in the Commission’s enforcement of laws and rules for public officials.” Paul Hobby currently serves as managing partner for the private equity firm Genesis Park, L.P., which he co-founded in 1999. He is also the chairman of the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. His volunteer activities include service as a trustee for Baylor College of Medicine and as director for the Greater Houston Partnership. Mr. Hobby previously served as federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Texas. He graduated with a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. from the University of Texas law school, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member. The Texas Ethics Commission is responsible for administering and enforcing laws, including those concerning financial disclosure, conflict of interest and political contributions. The Commission is comprised of eight commissioners who each serve four-year terms. Four of the commissioners are appointed by the Governor, two are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and two are appointed by the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.