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September 14, 2018 – History of Texas Electricity Deregulation
September 14, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
We are very honored to have Steven Wolens provide us with a history of deregulation in Texas for our September meeting!
Steven Wolens is a Principal in the Dallas law office of McKool Smith. He represents clients in complex class-actions and commercial litigation. He is peer-reviewed as an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell. Steve is a lead attorney in a certified class action that went to a successful jury verdict, representing San Antonio and 172 other Texas municipalities against online travel companies for delinquent taxes. He represents the State of Hawaii and the City of San Francisco, among other governmental entities, in similar litigation. He is also a lead attorney on behalf of four Dallas City councilmembers in litigation against the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund.
From 1981 to 2005, Steve served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. During his tenure, he authored and passed landmark legislation governing partnerships and
limited liability corporations, ethics reforms, antitrust laws, and electric deregulation. In 2003, as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Ethics, he authored and passed a complete revision
of Texas ethics laws. From 1997 to 2002, he was Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee. From 1987 to 1992, he was Chairman of the House Business and Commerce Committee.
Texas Monthly magazine named him one of the “Ten Best Legislators” in Texas on six different occasions. “His intellectual purity – he cares about the principal, not politics – gives him near-absolute credibility on complex issues,” the magazine wrote. “Mesmerizing in debate, indefatigable in preparation, incisive in analysis, he is the House’s most dreaded foe and most welcome ally.” The magazine also called Steve an “unbeatable debater whose mind stores facts like a camel stores water.”
Steve currently serves as Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, having been appointed to the Commission by House Speaker Joe Strauss and unanimously elected by the other Commissioners. The Ethics Commission oversees compliance with laws concerning the personal financial disclosures, and political contributions and expenditures of state elected officials, judges, certain local officeholders, and candidates, as well as lobby reports and activities.
Steve was born in Dallas and grew up in Corsicana, where his family founded the K. Wolens department stores. During high school, he served as a U.S. Congressional page and worked in the D.C. office of Congressman Olin Teague. Steve graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. with distinction in 1973 and from S.M.U. Law School in 1976.
He is married to former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller. They have three children.
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