U.S. Marine Lt. General (retired) Joseph Weber will be the guest speaker at the Austin County Republican Party regular monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Tony’s Family Restaurant, 1629 Meyer (Highway 36), Sealy.
Joe Weber was born in Weimar on Aug. 15, 1950. He attended Central Catholic High School in Abilene, graduating in 1968. He enrolled at Texas A&M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets, graduating with a B.S. in Zoology in 1972. Immediately upon graduation, he began his 36 years of service to the nation as a commissioned oﬃcer in the United States Marine Corps. Over the course of an extensive military career, Joe Weber served in assignments throughout the United States and overseas, commanding at all levels and serving in a wide variety of senior staﬀ positions.
While an active duty Marine Corps Oﬃcer, he amassed broad experience working with the interagency as well as a multitude of foreign military and diplomatic representatives and agencies world-wide. General Weber’s final active duty assignment was as Commander, Marine Forces Command, Commanding General Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, Commanding General Marine Bases Atlantic where he was responsible for 74,000 personnel with an annual budget of 80 million dollars and holdings and assets totaling 33 billion dollars. He retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2008 at the rank of Lieutenant General.
The strong desire to continue to serve as a result of satisfaction gained over a long career of addressing the needs and aspirations of dedicated, young servicemen and women would eventually steer this Marine back to Aggieland. In 2008 Weber assumed the duties of Vice President for Student Aﬀairs, Texas A&M University where he was responsible for the housing, conduct, discipline, extracurricular activities/education and general welfare of 40,000 students. During this time, Weber began his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.
In 2014, Weber assumed duties as Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) where he led 14,000 employees statewide while managing a 20 billion dollar budget. As TXDOT’s Executive Director he was responsible for the planning, programing, construction and maintenance for the entire state transportation system consisting of roadway, general aviation and maritime assets and infrastructure. The Texas transportation system remains the largest, most diverse and complex system in the nation.
Upon completion of his service at TXDOT, Weber and his wife, Brenda, came home permanently to their small farm in the Round Top area. They are both active within the community and Joe Weber is an active member of the Round Top Rifle Hall Association. Joe and Brenda Weber have been married 43 years and have two married children and five grandchildren. The Webers are members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville,.