Personal Profile


Full Name Paul Bettencourt
Hometown Houston
Race Anglo
Occupation CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors
Education B.S., Texas A&M University
Spouse: Susan
Religion Catholic
Church Saint John Vianney

Paul Bettencourt is the Texas State Senator for District 7, which includes Harris County.

He is serving as the vice chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He also sits on the Education, Finance and Higher Education committees.

Bettencourt is a taxpayer advocate. He has lead the charge for many years for a statewide appraisal cap and to enact a taxpayer bill of rights.

He previously worked as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, the third largest county in the nation. He was named the "Taxpayer Advocate of the Year" from the Americans For Prosperity.

Bettencourt is chief executive officer of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC. It was formed in 2009 to bring Paul's years of public service and knowledge of property taxes, as well as his years of business experience to the private sector. He previously worked in consulting services for clients in, serving as vice president of Sales and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Industrial Systems' Chemical, Oil and Gas Division.

He has held a number of positions with both the state and local Republican Party. He served as vice chairman and Treasurer of the Harris County Republican Party and treasurer of the Republican Party of Texas.

Bettencourt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University’s College of Engineering in Industrial Distribution.

He and his wife Susan have two children, Henry and Christina. The Bettencourts make their home in Houston, where they are active members of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church.

Information in this bio was provided by Bettencourt's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.