Jeff Austin IIIJeff Austin III is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. He was appointed commissioner by Gov. Rick Perry on Oct. 20, 2011.

Austin is vice chairman of Austin Bank and Texas NA. He is a board member of First State Bank in Athens, and of Capital Bank in Houston, and a past president of First State Bank in Frankston. He is a board member and past chair of the Texas Bankers Association, a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and the Bank CEO Network, an executive committee member and past director of the Texas Lyceum, and a board member and a past president and scoutmaster of the East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts.

He was the presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority, and board chair of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the Bob Bullock History Museum, the Tyler Economic Development Corporation, the Better Business Bureau of East Texas, the University of Texas Tyler Business School Advisory Board, the University of Texas Tyler Health Center Development Board, and the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Foundation.

Austin received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate and Intermediate Schools of Banking, and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Austin has two daughters and resides in Tyler.

You may contact Commissioner Austin by phone at (512) 305-9509 or by email.