Commissioner Donald "Dude" Payne
Commissioner Payne is a third generation Brazoria County resident. After graduating from Brazoswood High School in 1974 he began his career with Brown & Root at Nalco in Freeport. In 1979, he went to work for Dow Chemical as a pipefitter apprentice and worked as a journeymen pipefitter until his retirement in December of 2000.
Commissioner Payne began his first term as County Commissioner on January 1, 2001 and has proudly served the residents of Precinct 1 since that time. Dude serves as the Commissioners’ Court liaison to the Brazoria County Flood Plain Department, Brazoria County Health Department & Brazoria County Parks Department. He is also the Court liaison to Actions Inc. of Brazoria County.
Dude is actively involved throughout the community, serving on numerous boards and committees benefiting all Brazoria County residents. Due to his dedication and support for the county residents, Commissioner Payne was selected by the County Judges and Commissioners Association as the recipient of the 2003 Texas Courthouse Community Award. He was also honored as the 2010 “Citizen of the Year” by the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce and most recently named the 2017 "Outstanding Man of the Year" by the Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Payne is also very active in preserving our Texas coast. The boundaries of Precinct 1 include the entire Brazoria County shoreline which faces difficult erosion and growth challenges each year. He was instrumental in organizing and continues to be an active member of the Brazoria County Shoreline Restoration Taskforce since its conception in 2002.
Dude and his wife Deborah reside in Lake Jackson. They have three children, five grandsons, four granddaughters and one great grandson.
"It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Precinct 1."
~ Commissioner Dude Payne