Steve McCraw is the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Before taking the top DPS post in July of 2009, McCraw served as Gov. Rick Perry's chief of homeland security for almost five years.
McCraw clashed with Perry over the installation of X-ray machines and metal detectors at the Capitol after a gunman fired shots on the building's grounds in January of 2010. McCraw has argued that the additional security measures are necessary; Perry has said they would make the Capitol uninviting to visitors. McCraw is currently working with legislators to develop a safety improvement plan.
Perry named McCraw head of homeland security in 2004. As homeland security chief, McCraw oversaw efforts to increase border security and curb violence caused by drug-trafficking cartels. McCraw also drew statewide attention for serving as director of the governor's division of emergency management in the wake of several destructive hurricanes.
McCraw returned to state law enforcement after a 21-year career with the FBI. In his time there, McCraw was named head of the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, director of the San Antonio field office and assistant FBI director in Washington.
McCraw's law enforcement career began in 1977, when he joined the DPS as a highway patrol officer. He worked as a
narcotics officer in Amarillo from 1980 to 1983 before leaving to join the FBI. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from West Texas State University.