An expert in both environmental and regulatory affairs, Marquez’s extensive experience provides him insight into the highly technical environmental and regulatory world that can be invaluable to GMJ clients.
Ralph Marquez of Texas City, Texas was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on May 1, 1995, and was confirmed by the Texas Senate on May 5, 1995. His first term expired August 31, 1999. He was reappointed by Governor Rick Perry for a second term that expired August 31, 2005. The Texas Senate confirmed his second appointment on Feb. 21, 2001. He retired from the TCEQ on March 31, 2006. During his terms on the Commission, Marquez was heavily involved in air quality, Mexico border, and regulatory innovation issues.
Prior to his appointment, Marquez served on several TNRCC (predecessor to TCEQ) advisory committees and task forces. He has been a vice-chair of the Texas Chemical Council environmental committee, a board member of the Gulf Coast Water Authority, and served on the State of Texas Waste Reduction Advisory Committee. He also served as chairman of the City of Texas City Environmental Advisory Board.
From 1963 to 1993, Marquez worked for the Monsanto Company in various capacities, including internal company consultant for technical, regulatory and legislative environmental issues. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in Future Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Marquez served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee for 6 years. While a Commissioner he served as chair of the Environmental Council of States Air Committee and the Regulatory Reinvention Work Group. In April 2006, Marquez was appointed by President Bush to the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation among Mexico, Canada and the United States and served until April 2010. In April 2008 Marquez was the recipient of the State of Texas Gregg A. Cooke Memorial Award for Exceptional Environmental Excellence.
Marquez is head of Environmental Affairs for GMJ and Associates, Inc.