FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/18/2012
SPEAKER STRAUS APPOINTS TOM LUCE TO CANCER PREVENTION & RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS COMMITTEE
SPEAKER JOE STRAUS APPOINTS TOM LUCE TO CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS (CPRIT) OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
AUSTIN -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today announced his appointment of Dallas attorney and business consultant Tom Luce to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee. Luce will serve on the committee until 2015.
Luce was a founding partner and managing partner of the law firm of Hughes & Luce, LLP until his retirement from the firm in 1997. The firm grew from four attorneys to more than 150 during his tenure, and it is now part of the worldwide firm K&L Gates. Luce is currently self-employed as a business consultant.
Luce has been appointed five times by Texas governors to important posts such as Chief Justice Pro Tempore of the Texas Supreme Court and Chairman of the Texas Superconducting Supercollider Commission. He has served on the Dallas Citizens Council, the Library of Congress Trust Fund and the Board of Trustees at Southern Methodist University.
His life's passion has been improving public education for all children. He was chief of staff to the Texas Select Committee on Public Education, which produced one of the country's first public school reform efforts in 1984. A former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education, he is the Chairman of the National Math and Science Initiative and co-founded the National Center for Educational Accountability.
"Tom Luce will be a valuable addition to this important state governing board," Speaker Straus said. "He brings experience from both the public and private sectors and will make a meaningful contribution to Texas' fight against cancer."
Luce also has a personal connection to the Oversight Committee's work. Pam, his wife of 52 years, is a breast cancer survivor.
"I look forward to working with the other commissioners to ensure the funds provided for this worthy project are used efficiently and are effectively based upon the best available scientific input," Luce said.
The Oversight Committee was created by the 80th Legislature and approved by Texas voters in 2007. It serves as the governing body of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which awards grants to expedite innovation in cancer research, help bring lifesaving cancer products to Texans and expand cancer prevention capabilities across the state.
The Speaker appoints three of the 11 members who serve on the CPRIT Oversight Committee. Luce succeeds Cindy Brinker Simmons of Dallas whose term expired. Simmons served on the Oversight Committee since 2008.
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