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Perry Appoints New TCEQ Commissioner

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Toby Baker will replace Buddy Garcia on the TCEQ.

Governor Rick Perry announced Friday that he has chosen Toby Baker to serve on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Baker will replace Commissioner Buddy Garcia on April 16th. Garcia’s term expired in August, according to Perry spokesperson Catherine Frazier.

A press release from the Governor’s Office outlines Baker’s work history:

Baker was most recently a policy and budget advisor on energy, natural resources and agriculture issues for the Governor’s Office, where he was also the liaison between the office and members of the Legislature, constituents, the Railroad Commission of Texas, TCEQ, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Animal Health Commission. He is a past natural resource policy advisor to Sen. Craig Estes, former director and clerk of the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources.


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