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Jon Niermann

Jon Niermann of Austin was appointed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Gov. Greg Abbott effective Oct. 1, 2015. His term will expire on Aug. 31, 2021.

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About Jon Niermann

Along with his two fellow full-time commissioners, Niermann establishes overall agency direction and policy, and makes final determinations on contested permitting and enforcement matters. Niermann also serves as Governor Abbott's appointee on the Western States Water Council and is responsible for overseeing the administration of Texas’s share of mitigation funds resulting from Volkswagen’s fraud to evade federal vehicle emission standards.

Before his appointment, Niermann worked closely with the agency in roles at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, including assistant attorney general and chief of the Environmental Protection Division. In these roles, Niermann led the Texas delegation to negotiations that resolved the state’s claims relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He was also the lead attorney on several petitions for review of EPA rulemaking actions under the federal Clean Air Act. Before entering public service, Niermann was an environmental attorney in private practice. He began his regulatory career as the safety and environmental manager for a heavy-equipment manufacturer.

Niermann earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned a master of business administration and juris doctor from the University of Oregon.


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