Rebecca Armendariz Klein was appointed on June 27, 2001 by Governor Rick Perry as a Commissioner of the Texas Public Utility Commission. On May 17, 2002 she was appointed Chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission by Governor Perry. Chairman Armendariz Klein announced her resignation from the Texas Public Utility Commission on January 13, 2004. From 1999 to 2001, she served as a Policy Director for then- Governor George W. Bush, engaging in a variety of Statewide issues and projects in the areas of telecommunications, energy, technology and banking. Prior to working for George W. Bush she worked at the Public Utility Commission of Texas between 1997-1999 as a Senior Attorney in the Office of Policy Development. Armendariz Klein is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She was awarded the National Defense and Southwest Asia Service Ribbons for her service in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She is married to Dale Klein, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Programs.