Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Racing Commission, Texas*

7 Members - 6 Years; 2 Ex-Officio Members

General Information

Agency #: 476

Mailing

P.O. Box 12080Austin, TX 78711-20808505 Cross Park Dr., Suite 110Austin, TX 78754-4552

Members

Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair Robert C. Pate Corpus Christi, 02-01-2023
Vice Chair Connie McNabb, D.V.M. Montgomery, 02-01-2027
Board Member(s) Rebecca Contreras Hutto, 02-01-2025
Margaret L. Martin Boerne, 02-01-2021
Michael "Mike" Moore Fort Worth, 02-01-2023
John T. Steen III Houston, 02-01-2019
Arvel "A.J." Waight, Jr. Willow City, 02-01-2027
Ex Officio Member(s) Steven P. Mach Houston
The Honorable Sid Miller Stephenville

Staff

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Interim Executive Director Connie Estes (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Deputy Executive Director Joel Speight (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Public Information Officer Robert Elrod (512) 490-4032 / (512) 833-6907
General Counsel Devon Bijansky (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
COS/Policy Development Officer Jean Cook (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pence (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Chief Steward/Judge Ricky Walker (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Director of Administration Gerry Dube (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Director of Enforcement Virginia Fields (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Director of Information Technology Position Vacant
Director of Investigations Jim Blodgett (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Director of Licensing Connie Estes (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Director of Pari-Mutuels Curley Trahan (512) 833-6699 / (512) 833-6907
Veterinary Medical Director Position Vacant

Notes

In 1986, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Racing Commission to enforce the Texas Racing Act and the Rules of Racing to ensure the safety, integrity and fairness of pari-mutuel racing. The Racing Commission regulates all aspects of horse and greyhound racing to protect the animals and participants involved in live racing and to ensure the integrity of pari-mutuel wagering.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2027.