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Jon P. Newton

Jon P. Newton


Appointed by

Governor Briscoe

Chairman Term





Railroad Commissioner
U. T. Student

JON P. NEWTON, Austin attorney, graduated from high school in Beeville, Texas, in 1959. After attending Southern Methodist University , 1959-1960, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1963. He received his J.D, from The University of Texas School of Law in 1965.

Mr. Newton practiced law in Beeville for 13 years, and served on the Beeville City Council. He also served as president and director of various Beeville civic associations. In 1971, Mr. Newton was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and served in that capacity until 1976, when he was elected to the position of Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission.

He has been Of Counsel to the law firm of Clark, Thomas, Winters and Shapiro of Austin since 1979, and specializes in oil and gas law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, and Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow). In 1975, he was awarded the State Bar of Texas award for distinguished service to the people of Texas.

Mr. Newton was appointed to The University of Texas System Board of Regents in January 1979, for a six-year term expiring January 1985. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Regents on April 15, 1983. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Council of Governing Boards of State Colleges and Universities, a group which coordinates the higher education activities of the State's public colleges and universities.

Mr. Newton is a charter member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) and has served on the Texas Mining Council and the Interstate Oil Compact Commission.

In 1980, he was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award which signifies the substantial contributions made to the State and The University of Texas. Currently, he serves on the Board of directors of Texas Commerce Bank of Austin, the First National Bank of Beeville, FSA Capital Advisors, Inc., Austin Symphony Society, Paramount Theatre and has served as President of The Capital Club of Austin.

Mr. Newton is married to the former Judy Gantt of Beeville. They have two sons, Christopher and Wade, and currently reside in Austin.

last updated August 1983