This week brings a new school year for millions of Texas students, and a new commissioner for the Texas Education Agency. This afternoon, Governor Rick Perry announced the appointment of Michael Williams to the TEA, effective September 1. Williams served as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President George W. Bush and later led the Texas Railroad Commission. He has been involved in Republican politics in Texas for many years, serving as general counsel to the Republican Party of Texas and seeking Republican nominations for a U.S. Senate seat and a spot in the U.S. House. During that time, he’s earned a reputation as a reliable conservative and a name to watch in many circles.
Watch Williams’ 2010 interview with Evan. They discuss Williams’ politics, his interest in Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat, healthcare reform, climate change, being both African American and a conservative Republican, and growing up in Midland with parents who taught school and coached high school football.