Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2001
Contact: Doris Sanchez
(512) 463-0127

Full Senate confirms three Rio Grande Valley appointees to state boards

AUSTIN, TX--Today the full Senate confirmed the appointments of three Valley residents to serve on state boards. During the interim, state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, affirmed them and on Tuesday, May 1, the Senate Nominations Committee gave him their approval.

Mayor Norberto Salinas, from the city of Mission, was appointed to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). Elected in 1998, he is currently serving his first three-year term as mayor. Between 1981 and 1992, he served on the Hidalgo County Commissioner's Court In his professional life, Mayor Salinas is President of S&F Developers and Builders, a land developing company.

TDHCA was created in 1991 by consolidating the Texas Housing Agency and the Texas Department of Community Affairs. The Texas Housing Agency was created in 1979 to encourage private capital investment in low- and moderate-income residential housing. The Texas Department of Community Affairs was established in 1971 to help Texas communities solve the economic and social problems of their citizens and to coordinate federal and state programs affecting local governments.

Other capacities in which Mayor Salinas has served include on the Texas Funeral Services Commission and the Indigent Health Care Program Task Force. He has also acted as first vice president of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Board of Directors and vice chair of the Texas Department of Transportation MPO Policy Committee.

"Mayor Salinas is one of those individuals who puts the needs of other Texans above his own, serving with integrity and devotion in various capacities," said Sen. Lucio. "I support this outstanding person."

His term expires Jan. 31, 2007.

Mr. William (Rusty) A. Faulk, Jr. was appointed to the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is an independent subdivision of the Texas Real Estate Commission and was created to conform state law provisions relating to the regulation of real estate appraisers to the requirements adopted under (federal) Title XI, Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989.

Mr. Faulk holds a bachelor's in Business Administration from Pan American University and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. For 15 years, he has worked as a lawyer, specializing in real estate transactions and litigation. For his efforts, he has received several awards including a major fellowship from Rotary International and two awards from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

On his application, Mr. Faulk lists his professional memberships with the State Bar and the Cameron County Bar Association, of which he is Treasurer. He is a past member of the American Red Cross, Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, and the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Brownsville.

"Mr. Faulk upholds the highest standards for himself, his work, and his service ethic," said Sen. Lucio. "I truly believe that he will serve the state honorably as a member of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board."

Mr. Faulk's extensive record of public service includes the City of Brownsville Civil Service Commission and the U.S. Selective Service Draft Board. His term expires Jan. 31, 2003.

Mr. Roland Olvera, Jr. was appointed to the 357th Judicial District Court in Cameron/Willacy counties.

The Brownsville lawyer attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and the University of Texas School of Law for his Juris Doctorate.

In his extensive record as a lawyer, Mr. Olvera has tried a number of important cases involving commercial law, maritime law, and bankruptcy law. He has handled international cases as well, important experiences for a judge along the international border. Eighty percent of his cases were tried in federal court. In 90 percent of his court appearances, he served as lead counsel. In addition, he has tried hundreds of contested bankruptcy "core" proceedings.

"Mr. Olvera would serve knowledgeably and ethically as a Judge of the 357th Judicial District Court," noted Sen. Lucio. "Aside from his successful legal career, he has done a lot for his community."

Mr. Olvera founded and presided over the Cameron County Young Lawyers Association. He is currently a member of the Cameron County Bar Association, the Rio Grande Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, the State Bar and the Texas Bar Foundation.

Mr. Olvera would have to run in the 2002 election (primary/general) for the judgeship.

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