Paul Bettencourt is Chief Executive Officer of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC., a Radio and TV personality, former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector from 1998 to 2008, and the current Texas Senator from District 7. At the Tax Office, he introduced “Smart Government” and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major online Property Tax Payment System and the first county tax office website with online Automotive Registration in Texas. (His motto was “Get on-line, not in-line.”) His leadership in office and the community earned Paul the “Taxpayer Advocate of the Year” award from Americans for Prosperity, the “Hero of Faith” award from the Houston Area Pastors’ Council, and the “Pioneer” award from the Harris County Republican Party. He also was awarded the “Tough Tusk” Award by the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club.
Paul has also held the offices of the Texas Republican Party Treasurer, the Harris County Republican Party Vice Chair and Treasurer, a National Republican Party Alternate from Texas in 2000, a National Delegate in 2004 and 2008, and Presidential Elector in the 2012 Presidential Election from Congressional District 7.
After a decade of public service, Paul started his own business in 2009. With a focus on customer service, technology, and best business practices, Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC assists in reducing property tax bills for its clients and has successfully expanded to over 30 employees.
Paul ran for the Texas Senate in District 7 and won with 71.8% of the vote. As the newly elected Senator of SD 7, he was honored to be appointed to the Senate Finance Committee by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who also appointed Paul to the Senate Committees on Intergovernmental Relations (Vice Chair), Education, and Higher Education. At the conclusion of the Legislative Session, Senator Bettencourt was recognized by Capitol Inside as “Most Valuable Freshman” and by Governor Abbott as an “architect of tax relief.”
Additionally Senator Bettencourt was named Chair of the Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Chair of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.