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Patricia Burruss, Secretary

Commissioner Patricia Burruss

Burruss is an attorney originally from Brownsville, Texas, and she has been living in Dallas, Texas since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minors in Chemistry and English, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

She is a former Assistant County and District Attorney. When she left the D.A.’s Office Burruss was the lead prosecutor for the 445th Judicial District Court prosecuting felony cases including murder, burglary, and aggravated offenses, amongst others. Burruss currently has an active federal criminal defense practice, and she also has a civil business practice. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, New Mexico, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In addition to serving on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement since 2014, she is an Executive Advisory Board Member for the University of North Texas – Dallas Caruth Police Institute and the Dallas Chapter Chairman of the Ninety-Nines (the original women’s pilot organization founded by 99 charter members and Amelia Earhart elected as its first president), former Board Chair of Tropical Texas Behavioral Health and former board member for Texas Council of Community Centers amongst other public service and professional organizations.