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Ruth Ruggero Hughs

2017 Speaker

RUTH RUGGERO HUGHS is the Commissioner representing employers of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to the three-member commission in July 2015 and her term as commissioner expires on February 1, 2021. She is proud to sponsor Texas Business Conferences across the state, offering businesses employment law guidance, as well as implementing initiatives for veterans, women entrepreneurs, and people with disabilities. Hughs previously served in a variety of capacities at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and represented state agencies in state and federal courts, and provided management oversight of the 11 civil litigation divisions. In her last position as the director of defense litigation, Hughs supervised the defense of all lawsuits filed against the state. Hughs was recognized twice as a Rising Star in the legal community by Texas Monthly and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers Law School. She is a member of the State Bars of Texas and New Jersey, Austin Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, and a sustaining member of Junior League. She also serves as the chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs, which identifies issues impacting the state’s changing demographics. @txworkforce