Texas House speaker always mindful of energy industry’s impact

As the new speaker of the Texas House, Dade Phelan has had to learn to balance his district’s needs with that of the entire state.

And while it has turned out to be more stressful than he first anticipated, “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I appreciate my colleagues entrusting me with the job.” It can be overwhelming, he admitted, “but my staff makes me look good.”

Speaking at the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association’s 75th Annual Convention, held virtually, Phelan said he is mindful of the importance of the energy industry to the state.

His district of Beaumont is home to significant downstream infrastructure, he said, which relies on the production coming out of the Permian Basin.

“It’s very important to my constituents. It’s how they put food on the table, it’s how they pay for their homes and their cars. I’m very protective of that

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