A Travis County jury on Monday convicted former state representative and Texas Health and Human Services general counsel Jack Stick of drunken driving, the latest chapter in year of problems for the former prosecutor and state lawmaker.
Stick, 49, was arrested Sept. 11, 2012, a little more than a year after he joined the health commission. The trial began on Friday in Travis County Court at Law #5 following years of rescheduling. On Monday, the former state official wore a stoic expression with the reading of the verdict. Details about Stick’s potential punishment were not available Monday night.
Calls for comment to Stick and Greg Burton, Travis County assistant county attorney, were not returned Monday night.
Stick’s arrest came after he was named deputy inspector general with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He eventually became general counsel for state health care agency and was fired nearly a year ago following lawmaker questions over his ties to a software contractor, 21CT. Stick’s former business partner was a lobbyist for the company.
Last December, Stick and his former boss, HHSC Inspector General Doug Wilson, were both asked to leave the agency following questions about how a small Austin computer software company, 21CT received a $20 million software contract and was on track for a $90 million renewal.