Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: Paul Workman
by TexasGOPVote on December 27, 2010 at 3:55 PM
Paul Workman is the newly elected State Representative for House District 47, ousting Democratic incumbent Valinda Bolton.
For over thirty five years Paul Workman has been engaged in the construction of commercial buildings. The projects over the years have included retail centers, office buildings, schools, banks, parks and churches.
Paul D. Workman is the Secretary and Founder of Workman Commercial Construction Services, Ltd. Paul earned a BS in Building Construction from Texas A&M University in 1973. He is married to the former Sherry Cleveland. Paul has one son, Kyle (who is married with three children) and one daughter, Paula (who is married to Jamon White and who is adopting a child through CPS) both of whom work in the family business as President and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
Workman Construction Company was started in 1971 by Roger Workman building houses in Laredo Texas. Paul joined the firm in July 1973. After suffering a stroke in 1980, Roger retired and Paul took the reins of the company. In 1983, Paul and his family moved to Austin. In 1991 Paul started Workman Corporation with no work and little money. In that time Paul has built Workman Corporation (now Workman Commercial) into a statewide construction company performing upwards of $70 million dollars in volume a year. In 2007 Paul began the transfer of the company to the next generation. Paul also has a position as Director of Development with T. Stacy & Associates. T. Stacy is a real estate development firm specializing in large downtown development projects. In that capacity Paul is responsible for all construction work performed by the firm.
Paul served ten years (1973-1983) in the US Army Reserves as an Engineer Officer, retiring, after serving as a Company Commander, at the rank of Captain. He has been a Rotarian since 1976 serving as President of the Rotary Club of Austin in 1998. For thirteen years Paul was President of CompGroup AGC (a workers compensation purchasing group) and still serves on that board. He was the Chairman of the Board of Associated General Contractors – Texas Building Branch (2008), the Austin Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) (1996). Paul served on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin for eight years. He is a National Director of the Associated General Contractors of America and is on the board of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse-Central Texas.
While president of Austin AGC, Paul originated the Community Mentor-Protégé Initiative currently used by the City of Austin and Austin Independent School District. As a member of the board and later President of the AGC–Texas Building Branch, Paul was involved in the legislative process including drafting legislation, testifying before legislative committees and working to pass or kill legislation. He was heavily involved in the indemnification legislation put forth by a coalition of AGC, Texas Construction Association and Texas Civil Justice League.
He and Sherry attend Pedernales River Fellowship. Prior to moving to Pedernales River Fellowship, Paul and Sherry were the directors of the university ministry at Hyde Park Baptist Church for six years. They live on ten acres in the Hill Country west of Austin. His hobbies include projects of various kinds including woodworking, taking care of the RO Ranch (the ten acres on which they live) and the lake house on Lake Buchanan and doing auto work. He is currently rebuilding a 1954 Chevrolet pickup truck. Paul is an avid Texas Aggie attending most home football games. While at Texas A&M Paul was in the Corps of Cadets rising to the rank of Adjutant (Cadet Colonel) of the Second Brigade and serving as a Ross Volunteer, all while married.
"I have spent 25 years in south Travis County, 18 of those years as the owner and founder of a commercial construction company that provides livelihoods for Central Texas families, and contributes to our tax base." - Paul Workman