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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Energy

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

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.

 

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the formation of the Congressional Oil & Gas Caucus, a Congressional Member Organization dedicated to educating Members of Congress about issues related to the production, transport, refining, distribution, and trade of oil, gas, and other petroleum hydrocarbons including crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids.