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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

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.

August 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, expressing their concern about the potential construction of a border wall at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.


July 19, 2017 Video

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) spoke in support of HR 2883, Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, on the House Floor.

July 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Chair of the Oil & Gas Caucus, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 2883, Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act. The bill enacts key reforms that will bring transparency, reliability, efficiency, and regulatory certainty to the permitting process for cross-border energy infrastructure such as pipelines and electric transmission lines.


June 26, 2017 In The News

Freshman Rep. Vicente González (D-Texas) has launched a Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus with the aim of educating fellow lawmakers about related issues.


González wants the group to focus on the production and distribution of oil, gas and other petroleum hydrocarbons, including crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids.

When the former lawyer, who represents South Texas' 15th District, first arrived on the Hill, he described himself as an oil and gas man.