Personal Profile

Full Name Scott Hochberg
Age 64
Race White
Occupation Software Developer
Education B.A., Rice University; M.E.E., Rice University.
Religion Jewish

Representative Scott Hochberg is an electrical engineer and operator of a software-development company first elected to represent HD-137 in 1993. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is vice chairman of the House Public Education Committee.

His previous assignments include posts as vice chairman of the House Committee on Corrections, vice chairman of the Select Committee on Higher and Public Education Finance and chairman of the Education Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations.

Hochberg was appointed by Justice Wallace Jefferson to serve on the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, and by former House Speaker Pete Laney as chairman of the Workers' Compensation Research and Oversight Council. He has also served on the University Interscholastic League Advisory Council.

Hochberg cites as his legislative accomplishments his efforts to ensure passage of a parents' bill of rights, funding for second-chance high school classes during evenings and weekends, additional school district performance audits and the state's first program to fund school building construction and renovation, and the creation of a medical safety board for student athletics.

Hochberg has been recognized as the Texas PTA's “Legislator of the Year” and as the Equity Center's “Champion for Children.” He was recognized as one of the Texas' "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly magazine, was named the “2007 Legislative Hero” by the Texas Freedom Network, and recognized by Children at Risk.

Hochberg has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his work to lower the state's DWI alcohol level and been honored by the Pakistan American Council of Texas for his legislation prohibiting deceptive advertising of Hallal foods.

Mr. Hochberg is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Houston Baptist University. He serves on the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Houston and also on the boards of the local chapters of the American Jewish Committee and Anti-Defamation League.