At the age of 69, Tom Pauken has a rich history in conservative Republican politics. He was the national chairman of College Republicans in the thick of the 1960s and of the Texas GOP during its rise to majority status in the 1990s. He served President Ronald Reagan as head of ACTION – precursor of AmeriCorps – pruning its budget and left-wing connections, and helping administer first lady Nancy Reagan’s signature “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign.
Most recently, Pauken has been a member of the Texas Workforce Commission, stepping down at the end of last month. Now he is plotting a campaign to claim the job of the man who named him chairman of that commission back in 2008, even if that man, Gov. Rick Perry, might not be ready to relinquish it.
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