biosketch as of 1983
JON P. NEWTON, Austin attorney, graduated from high
school in Beeville, Texas, in 1959. After attending Southern
Methodist University , 1959-1960, he received his Bachelor of
Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1963.
He received his J.D, from The University of Texas School of
Law in 1965.
last updated August 1983
Mr. Newton practiced law in Beeville for 13 years, and
served on the Beeville City Council. He also served as president
and director of various Beeville civic associations.
In 1971, Mr. Newton was elected to the Texas House of
Representatives and served in that capacity until 1976, when
he was elected to the position of Commissioner, Texas Railroad
He has been Of Counsel to the law firm of Clark, Thomas,
Winters and Shapiro of Austin since 1979, and specializes in
oil and gas law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas,
American Bar Association, and Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow).
In 1975, he was awarded the State Bar of Texas award for distinguished
service to the people of Texas.
Mr. Newton was appointed to The University of Texas System
Board of Regents in January 1979, for a six-year term expiring
January 1985. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Regents
on April 15, 1983. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Council of
Governing Boards of State Colleges and Universities, a group
which coordinates the higher education activities of the State's
public colleges and universities.
Mr. Newton is a charter member of the Senior Advisory
Council of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners
Association (TIPRO) and has served on the Texas Mining Council
and the Interstate Oil Compact Commission.
In 1980, he was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding
Young Texas Ex Award which signifies the substantial contributions
made to the State and The University of Texas. Currently,
he serves on the Board of directors of Texas Commerce Bank
of Austin, the First National Bank of Beeville, FSA Capital
Advisors, Inc., Austin Symphony Society, Paramount Theatre and
has served as President of The Capital Club of Austin.
Mr. Newton is married to the former Judy Gantt of Beeville.
They have two sons, Christopher and Wade, and currently reside