AUSTIN, TEXAS – Alejandro “Alex” G. Meade, III of Mission is expected to be on the dais at today’s Texas Transportation Commission meeting in Austin after being confirmed as a TTC commissioner by the Texas Senate.

Meade becomes the first transportation commissioner from the Rio Grande Valley since Ruben R. Cardenas of McAllen. Cardenas served from May 1994 until April 1995. 

The last transportation commissioner from the border region was Ted Houghton of El Paso. He served from February 2009 until February 2015. 

The Texas Transportation Commission has five members, all appointed by the Governor. They oversee the Texas Department of Transportation and are responsible for policymaking regarding the state’s highway system, developing a statewide transportation plan, assisting the development of public transportation, and adopting rules for TxDOT’s operation. 

On March 21, 2023, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the appointment of Meade to serve as one of five commissioners charged with governing the Texas Department of Transportation, subject to confirmation by the Texas Senate.

State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, as the senator representing Meade’s hometown, had to concur with Abbott’s recommendation for this appointment and introduced Meade during the Senate confirmation hearing on April 17. Hinojosa said that over the last month, Meade has been meeting with members of the Nominations Committee, senators, and House representatives with oversight of TxDOT to get support for his confirmation. 

“Congratulations to Commissioner Alex Meade on his confirmation by the Texas Senate to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission. It has been a privilege to work with him through the confirmation process,” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, said.

“Commissioner Meade received unanimous support from the Nominations Committee and the Senate. I have no doubt that he has the experience from the public and private sectors that have prepared him for this position. I wish Commissioner Meade much success as he begins his important role overseeing the Texas Department of Transportation and our highway system across the state.” 

Hinojosa is pictured with Meade in the main image accompanying this news story.

Meade will serve until February 1, 2025.


Alejandro “Alex” G. Meade, III of Mission is executive vice president of Texas Regional Bank. Previously, he served as the city manager for the City of Pharr and prior to that he served as the chief executive officer of the Mission Economic Development Corporation. He is a board member of the Border Trade Alliance, former board of regent for Texas State Technical College System, and a former member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. He is certified as an economic development finance professional by the National Development Council and a certified public manager by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. Meade received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from St. Edward’s University, Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Brownsville, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas Pan American. He is also an alumnus of the Texas Lyceum.

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