Bachelor in Political Science, Vanderbilt University.
Former member management committee Bexar County Republican Party. Former precinct chairman Terrell Hills, Texas. Former campaign manager to Republican Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives, 1986.
Former assistant to commissioner customs United States Department Commerce, deputy director business liason, 1989—1991. Principal Watson, Mazur, Bennett & Straus, LLC. Member District 121 Texas House of Representatives, since 2005, speaker of house, since 2009.