A Dallas attorney will focus on issues ranging from improving Texas’ driver’s licensing process to addressing mass shootings in his new role on the Texas Public Safety Commission.
Steve Stodghill, a Preston Hollow resident and founding partner of the Winston & Strawn Dallas office, took office this fall after an appointment from Gov. Greg Abbott.
“I went through a kind of lengthy vetting process with Homeland Security because the work that the commission does involves handling classified information,” Stodghill said. “The Department of Public Safety interfaces with the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, and various other agencies about issues that are confidential and potential risks to Texas and the United States.”
“It’s very important to me because I have a 12-year-old son that I want to see safe,” -Steve Stodghill.
The commission also addresses natural disasters and even assists the Investigative Division of the DPS in conducting investigations for cities that do not have the resources to sufficiently do so.
Stodghill’s term runs through Jan. 1, 2024.
“We will have scheduled meetings announced every two months, and in those meetings, the Commission will oversee the good work of the Department of Public Safety,” Stodghill said. “There are certain things that need to be approved by the commission, like policies, procedures, appointments, and advancements of individuals within the DPS.”
Stodghill said that a big focus for him personally, as well as the commission as a whole, is to improve the driver’s licensing process.
“We are trying to streamline that and put in maximum effort into making it easier and quicker,” Stodghill said.
Another top priority is to address mass shooting issues. Stodghill explained that state leaders want to use their most advanced efforts to anticipate and avoid such events.
Stodghill expects his experience serving on philanthropy and business boards will benefit and shape his service on the commission.
His experiences in Scouting should also help, he said, describing the commission’s work as a bigger version of the safety preparedness required for him to become an Eagle Scout.
“I was born and raised in Dallas, went to UT Law School, so I know the safety of this state is really important to everyone, and it’s very important to me because I have a 12-year-old son that I want to see safe,” Stodghill said. “It’s nice to be able to return some of the benefits of being a Texan that I’ve received for over 58 years.”