BA-University of Texas
H-2015-present; Speaker of the House 2021 -present.
Chairman Dade 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.
In 2015 Capitol Inside Magazine named him one of the most outstanding freshmen and in 2017 honored him again as the Most Valuable Sophomore member of the Legislature. Texas Monthly recently recognized Phelan as one of the Best Legislators of 2019. Phelan has been named Legislative Champion by the Boys and Girls Club of Texas, Legislator of the Year by the Texas Apartment Association, Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business, Most Valuable Legislator by the Texas Association of Community Schools, a Fighter for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business and the 2019 Mental Health Champion by Mental Health America.
The American Council of Young Political Leaders selected Representative Phelan as one of seven United States foreign delegates to China and Taiwan. He traveled to Asia for diplomatic exchanges with China and Taiwan’s next generation of political leaders.
Mr. Phelan is two time Governor appointee to and former president of the Lower Neches Valley Authority. His board service includes the Texas Lyceum, Southeast Texas CASA, Golden Triangle Coastal Conservation Association, The Jefferson Theater, St. Anne Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.
Reelected Speaker 2023.
Dist. 21 - Jasper, Jefferson (27%), Orange
Sens. Creighton, Nichols
Contact and Phone Numbers
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-1000 District Map Zip Codes Within the District Subscribe or Login to View Emails Orange County District Office
812 North 16th Street
Orange, TX 77630
Other Offices Held
Co-Vice Chair (Preservation Board, State)
Speaker of the House (Legislative Reference Library)
Board Member (Bond Review Board, Texas)
Joint Chair (Legislative Budget Board)
Chair (Legislative Council, Texas)
Speaker of the House (Speaker of the House)
Joint Chair, Speaker of the House (Auditor's Office, State)