Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, April 4, 2001


AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the appointment of Nancy Fuller as deputy for general counsel and administration, a position that oversees 11 divisions within the agency, and Edna Ramon Butts as a special assistant attorney general responsible for border issues and health care-related issues.

"I am pleased to have Nancy and Edna as members of my executive team. Both are experienced and extremely smart lawyers who will strive for continued improvements inside and out of our office," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Fuller, currently the deputy division chief of the Attorney General's intergovernmental relations division (IRD), will assume the position of deputy for general counsel and administration on June 1, after the end of the legislative session. Until then, Pete Wassdorf, the current chief of the general counsel division, will serve as interim deputy.

Fuller graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a secondary school teacher of English and social studies and later graduated from U.T. School of Law. She was in private practice in Austin, primarily in probate, guardianship and municipal law, and she served on the Texas Board of Law Examiners and in the Attorney General's general counsel division before becoming deputy director of IRD.

Butts was a member of the firm Hughes & Luce, L.L.P., where she specialized in insurance, health care and administrative law and represented the firm in regulatory and legislative areas. She is a former commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and served in various other capacities at TDI, including chief of staff. Prior to joining TDI, Butts served the State of Texas as an assistant attorney general and later as the chief of the agency's finance division. Before joining the Attorney General's office the first time, she served as attorney for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

Butts earned a bachelor of science degree with honors from U.T. Austin and a doctor of jurisprudence from the U.T. School of Law.

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