Walt Baum was named as Executive Vice President of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas (AECT) in December of 2007. The Association of Electric Companies of Texas, Inc. (AECT) is a trade organization of electric companies in Texas. Organized in 1978, AECT provides a forum for member company representatives to exchange information about public policy, and to communicate with government officials and the public. Prior to being named Executive Vice President, he has been serving as Legislative Director of AECT since 1996.
During his career, Baum has helped the electric industry work closely with legislators and stakeholders as Texas began its transition to a competitive electric market and led the organization's governmental affairs team on countless issues.
Mr. Baum served as Chief Clerk of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on State Affairs from 1993-1996. During his time as Chief Clerk the State Affairs Committee passed the first rewrite of the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Act since 1975. In addition to telecommunications and electric issues, the State Affairs Committee had jurisdiction over legal tort reform issues, state purchasing and the Department of Information Resources.
In 2006 Mr. Baum served on Governor Perry's Energy Industry Cluster Initiative. He has also testified in front of the Texas Legislature and the EPA.
Mr. Baum has served as a member of the Business Advisory Council for Community Options, Inc., a nationally based non-profit that provides housing, support services and advocacy assistance to help empower people with disabilities. Mr. Baum has also served as a volunteer at the Mexi-Arte Museum in Austin, TX.
Mr. Baum is a native of Amarillo, Texas and a graduate of Amarillo High School. He holds a Bachelors of Economics degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He and his wife Jennifer live in Austin with daughters Katherine, 11 and Meredith, 8.