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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
August 25, 2009
Contact: Doris Sanchez, Communications Director

AUSTIN, TX — Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. today announced that Mr. Carlos Rubinstein was appointed Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) by the Governor effective Aug. 31, 2009, for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015.

"I congratulate this and all of Mr. Rubinstein's accomplishments," said Sen. Lucio. "I am thrilled that this Brownsville native will serve as one of TCEQ's three commissioners."

On June 17, 2008, Mr. Rubinstein was appointed deputy executive director of the agency, serving as the chief operating officer, assisting the executive director in the administration of the agency. Prior to this role, Mr. Rubinstein served as the director for the border and South-Central Texas area, which includes the Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Laredo and Harlingen regions.

"Commissioner Rubenstein has shown outstanding dedication in every position he has held. I am confident that this appointment will allow all of Texas to benefit from his exemplary leadership," noted Sen. Lucio. "He is fully knowledgeable of this area's concerns regarding water availability and quality, and I'm confident he will be instrumental as we develop our conservation of water resources that include desalination and other innovative programs."

As the Rio Grande Watermaster, Commissioner Rubinstein was responsible for allocating, monitoring and controlling the use of surface water in the Rio Grande basin from Fort Quitman to the mouth of the Rio Grande River.

Mr. Rubinstein began his career at TCEQ as a waste program manager and moved up to serve as the regional director for the Harlingen and Laredo offices. He has also worked for the city of Brownsville as the health and EMS director, health and permitting director, operations manager and rose to the rank of city manager.

The UT-Pan American graduate received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. He and his wife Judy have three daughters and one granddaughter.

"Commissioner Rubinstein's role as conservator of our state's valuable natural resources is particularly critical as the state focuses on increasing economic development while exploring new technological options to mitigate the impact on the environment," concluded Sen. Lucio.