Texas Water 2020 - Virtual Opening Session
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Tune in Wednesday at 9 am as Rep. Dade Phelan and Comptroller Glenn Hegar keynote the Opening Session at Texas WaterTM 2020 - Virtual. WEF Trustee Mark Poling and AWWA President Jim Williams will also be providing remarks.
Special Guests:

Chairman Dade Phelan
will provide keynote comments at the 25th anniversary of Texas Water. The address will take place during the Virtual Opening Session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 15.

Chairman Phelan authored and sponsored some of the most important water legislation in the 86th Texas Legislature including HJR 4, which shifts $800 million into the flood infrastructure fund. He has advocated for water infrastructure funding and flood mitigation and flood funding. Chairman Phelan is one of three house members appointed to the State Water Infrastructure Fund for Texas Advisory Committee. The panel oversees the operation, function and structure of the state water fund and assists the Texas Water Development Board in achieving its goal of providing $27 billion in state water plan projects over the next 50 years.

Chairman Phelan was born and raised in Southeast Texas. His fourth generation commercial real estate development firm owns and manages retail, industrial and office property in Texas and Arkansas. He received his bachelor’s degree in government and business from The University of Texas at Austin.

Chairman Phelan currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on State Affairs. He has previously served on the Natural Resources Committee as Vice-Chair, Calendars Committee, Appropriations Committee, Elections Committee and on the Select Committee on Ports, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Chairman Phelan is two time Governor appointee to and former president of the Lower Neches Valley Authority. His board of director service includes the Texas Lyceum, Southeast Texas CASA, Golden Triangle Coastal Conservation Association, The Jefferson Theater, St. Anne Catholic Church and secretary of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.

His wife, Kim, is a solo practitioner attorney and together they have four sons: Ford, Mack, Hank and Luke.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will provide keynote comments at the 25th anniversary of Texas Water. The address will take place during the Virtual Opening Session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 15.

Glenn Hegar was elected as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November 2014.

Glenn is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. He’s a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and earned his law degree at St. Mary’s University. Glenn has served in the Texas Legislature, where he worked on issues including public education, transportation, tax reform, government transparency, Second Amendment rights, water issues and tort reform.

As comptroller, Glenn is chief finance officer for the world’s 10th-largest economy. He has emerged as a passionate advocate for conservative financial management and government transparency who has focused on creating a more efficient and customer oriented agency. He founded the state’s Transparency Stars program, pushed for smarter ways of investing our rainy day fund to protect it for future generations, and guided the formation of the nation’s first ever state-administered precious metals depository.

His upbringing taught him the core values of hard work, honesty and integrity — the same values he and his wife Dara work to instill in their three young children, Claire, Julia and Jonah. Hegar’s most important title throughout his years of service is the one closest to home: Dad!


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