Bruce Tough moved to Houston, Texas in 1968. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors (Dean's List 1976, 1977). He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 1980. Tough is the founder of Tough Law Firm, PLLC, voted as the 2010 Small Business of the Year Award by the Lone Star College System, Montgomery College, located in The Woodlands area.
Tough moved to The Woodlands, Texas in 1996 and first became involved in the community by becoming elected as a Director on the Woodlands Community Association (WCA), the forerunner of the current Woodlands Township. He held that position on the WCA from 1999 to 2010, holding the position as President from 2000 – 2004. He was also the Chairman of The Woodlands Community Service Corporation which provided city type services to all of the residents of The Woodlands.
Bruce Tough was elected as President of The Woodlands Fire Department in 2000 – 2004, 2006 – 2011 during which time the department increased its Public Protection Class rating, commonly referred to as an ISO rating, from an ISO (4) Four to an ISO (1) One. The department also built a state of the art training facility to meet the preparedness and development needs of regional entities in the area of emergency management and response.
In 2003, Bruce Tough was elected as a Trustee on the Conroe Independent School District and served in that position until 2008. Also in 2008, Tough was elected for the position of Director on the Board of Directors of the newly formed governmental entity, The Woodlands Township. He has served as Chairman on the Board since 2010.
Tough has served as a Director and Chairman of the South Montgomery County/The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the annual Economic Outlook Conference, Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America George Strake District and the newly formed Tall Timbers District, as well as many other civic activities in The Woodlands and Montgomery County.
Bruce Tough resides with his wife, Diana, and four daughters, Madison, Tara, Abby and Sydney, in The Woodlands, Texas.