Thomas M. Suehs
Cell: 512-431-7553
Direct: 512-381-1300 ext.150



Thomas M. Suehs was appointed Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner on September 1, 2009, by Governor Rick Perry. Mr. Suehs served in this capacity until he retired from State government service on August 31, 2012. As head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Suehs provided leadership and strategic direction to the health and human services system in Texas. The executive commissioner oversees the operations of the five health and human services agencies, including more than 57,000 employees and combined annual budgets of $30 billion, serving more than 3.8 million Texans.

Suehs served as deputy executive commissioner for financial services at HHSC from 2003 until his appointment as executive commissioner. His responsibilities included providing administrative leadership, oversight and direction for the financial management of the state’s five health and human services agencies. He also served as the deputy commissioner of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and associate commissioner of the Texas Department of Human Services. He is a former executive director of the Texas Health Care Association (1989 to 1999) and past president of the American Society of State Health Care Executives. Mr. Suehs was in private health care consultant practice from 1999 to 2003.

Mr. Suehs offers a unique mix of private and public sector experience in health and human services management, finance, and public policy.

Suehs has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.

A few awards given to Thomas Suehs include:

Texas Health Care Association – “Better Life Award” recognition for improving services to the Citizens of the state who are aged and disabled.

Texas Food Bank Network – “Eddie Garcia Partnership Award” recognition for efforts to fight hunger in the state.

Texas Children Hospital Association of Texas – “Golden Bootie Award” recognition for Leadership and commitment to cover uninsured children through eligibility system improvements.

Texas Public Employee Association of Texas – “Administrator of the Year” for recognition in improving the staffing and working conditions of Health and Human Services employees.

Texas Monthly Magazine – “Power Company”– identified as one of the most influential people determining the fate of Texas.

Texas Academy of Family Physicians – “Patient Advocacy Award” – recognized for his tireless efforts to improve the health of Texans.


In his more than 25 years of dedicated service to the people of Texas, Thomas Suehs has worked tirelessly to improve the health and well being of families across the state. During his tenure as Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner, Tom helped steer the health and human services enterprise through significant and much-needed reforms, ensuring our taxpayer dollars are used effectively and efficiently to help our most vulnerable Texans.
Governor Rick Perry, State of Texas