Patricia Burruss, Secretary

Commissioner Patricia Burruss

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Patricia Burruss of Olmito to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for a term to expire Aug. 30, 2019. The commission ensures Texans are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement and corrections personnel through screening, developing and monitoring resources, and setting standards.

Burruss is an attorney in private practice and a past assistant district attorney for the Cameron County District Attorney's Office. She is a member of the State bars of Texas and New Mexico, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is a member and past co-chair of the Cameron County Bar Association Women's Bar Section, and past president of the Cameron County Young Lawyers Association. She is also board chair of the Tropical Texas Behavioral Health Board of Trustees and a member of the Texas Council of Community Centers Board of Directors.

Burruss received a bachelor's degree in biology and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas-Pan American, and a law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Appointment dates: 10-31-2014 until 8-30-2019.

Hometown: Olmito, Texas