Student, United States Air Force Academy, 1977. Bachelor, Rice University, 1979. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1982.
Partner Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Houston, 1982-1995. General counsel Governor George W. Bush, 1995-1997. Secretary state State of Texas, 1997—1999.
Justice Supreme Court of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1999—2000. Assistant to President & general counsel The White House, Washington, 2001—2005. Attorney general United States Department Justice, 2005—2007.
Visiting professor department political science Texas Technology University Systems, Lubbock, since 2009. Adjunct professor University Houston Law Center. Served in United States Air Force, 1973-1975.
Trustee Texas Bar Foundation, 1996-1999. Member Texas Judicial district Board, 1996-1997. Board directors United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, 1993-1994.
President Leadership Houston, 1993-1994. Chair Commission for District Decentralization of Houston Indiana School District, 1994. Member committee on undergraduate admissions Rice University, 1994.
Chair Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Houston, 1992-1994. President Houston Hispanic Forum, 1990-1992. Chair advisory committee Texas Real Estate Center, 1989-1990.
Board directors Big Brothers and Sisters, Houston, 1985-1991, Catholic Charities, Houston, 1989-1993, others. Member Houston Bar Association, Houston Hispanic Bar Association (president, 1990-1991), State Bar Texas (board directors 1991-1994), American Law Institute.
Married Rebecca Turner. 3 children.