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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas


Congressman Gonzalez supports an all-the-above approach to energy and understands the importance of American energy not only to power our cars and homes, but also as a national security issue and a job creator. The 15th District is home to the Eagle Ford Shale, one of the largest oil production areas in the state, creating more than 3.8 million jobs and generating $473 billion in gross domestic product. The Congressman has seen firsthand the effects of a thriving oil and gas industry.

As chairman of the newly formed Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus, Congressman Gonzalez aims to bring this Texas perspective to Washington, D.C., regarding the issue. The congressman seeks to educate fellow lawmakers about the production and distribution of oil, gas and other petroleum hydrocarbons, including crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids.

Congressman Gonzalez supports the development of sources of renewable energy, acknowledging the potential in wind and solar energy for both the South Texas economy and American energy independence. Currently, Texas produces more wind energy than most other U.S. states.


More on Energy

April 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Ron Wright (TX-06), and Ranking Member Mike McCaul (TX-10) have introduced H.R. 2046, the Energy Diplomacy Act. This bipartisan legislation empowers the State Department’s energy security and diplomacy efforts by replacing the Coordinator for International Energy Affairs with a Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources.

March 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently joined fellow members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) to pass H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019. Congressman Gonzalez is an original cosponsor.

H.R. 1616 seeks to assist the U.S. and its allies reach global energy security goals while simultaneously encouraging the diversification of energy sources and supply routes in Central and Eastern Europe.

February 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address from President Donald J. Trump.

“It is important to note that now – more than ever – is the time for the Administration to make a good faith effort to find common ground with Congress as we each outline our visions for the future of this country. No, I do not agree with President Trump on every policy or approach, but I have always been willing to come to the table in the name of bipartisanship.

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced his subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. The congressman serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Gonzalez will serve on:

January 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today issued the following statements, laying out their mission for the 116th Congress.

November 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a loan of $50,000,000 to San Miguel Electric Cooperative. 

October 3, 2018 In The News

DONNA, Texas - It's been a problem in the city of Donna for decades.

Water from the reservoirs and canals are contaminated. Now two local Congressmen say they have a plan to clean it all up.

For years area residents in Donna have heard about the warnings concerning contaminated fish and polluted waters in the reservoirs and canals.

Alex Valdez - resident says, "When they first started saying that the fish was contaminated and all that stuff they were saying that the water…you can't fish here."

July 19, 2018 In The News

The House passed a nonbinding measure Thursday to denounce a carbon tax, calling it “detrimental” to the United States. 

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Pictured above: Community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2nd Annual RGV2DC fly-in.

November 10, 2017 In The News

The House Natural Resources Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would modernize mineral resource practices and overhaul permitting processes to promote energy development on the outer continental shelf (OCS) and onshore federal acreage.

The full committee approved the Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources (SECURE) American Energy Act, H.R. 4239, after the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony from energy industry stakeholders during a hearing on Tuesday.