Both decisions were announced on Dec. 20 by Gov. Rick Perry. Hughes will serve for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Friedkin most recently served as chairman of the commission.
“Texas’ important wildlife resources, and the benefits associated with those resources, could not be in better hands with Dan Allen Hughes Jr. serving as chairman and Dan Friedkin serving as chairman emeritus of Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission,” said TWA President Greg Simons of San Angelo.
“Both of these individuals have provided years of leadership in the conservation arena, as landowners, hunters, stewards of the resource, and as passionate wildlife enthusiasts. I’m confident that they will lead the commission in making good decisions in what’s in the best interest of Texas wildlife, benefitting today’s generation, as well as those who come behind us.”
TWA is a statewide membership organization of nearly 6,500 members who own or manage nearly 40 million acres of private land in Texas. The organization serves Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.
Hughes is president of Dan A. Hughes Company LP, Hupecol Operating LLC, and Hupecol Italia LLC, and is a member of the board of directors for Maverick American Natural Gas, Hupecol Italia LLC and Raven Pipeline Company LLC.
He is a member of the Texas A&M University College of Geosciences Advisory Council, Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board and All American Wildcatters. Hughes received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Friedkin is chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group, a privately held consortium of businesses and investments, including Gulf States Toyota. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and board member of the Texas A&M University Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.