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November 12, 2019      2:49 PM

Al Erwin, one of first PUC Commissioners and long time Capitol personality passed away this morning

Naval war hero, close to office holders from Governor Mark White to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

Distinguished veteran, Al Erwin dedicated much of his life to public service including service as a Swift Boat officer in the Viet Nam. He returned to serve as chief of staff for Houston Congressman Bob Casey in 1972. Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed Erwin to the Office of State-Federal Regulation in DC. Mark White named him as one of the first three Commissioners to lead the newly formed Public Utility Commission.

Even after official public service, he was never far from the Capitol having formed Erwin & Associates doing a little lobbying and advising elected and appointed officials.

He was a man of eternal good cheer and truly enjoyed the give and take of politics.

Services will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road on Friday, November 15 at 1 pm, followed by interment at the Texas State Cemetery. A reception at the cemetery will follow.

By Harvey Kronberg

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