About Dade


Representative Dade Phelan was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. He is a commercial real estate developer and licensed broker in Southeast Texas. His fourth generation 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.

Phelan serves as Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Committee as well as on the Calendars Committee, Appropriations Committee, Appropriations Sub-Committee on Articles VI, VII & VIII and on the Select Committee on Ports, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Representative Phelan is one of three house members appointed to the State Water Infrastructure Fund for Texas Advisory Committee. The purpose of the panel is to review the overall operation, function and structure of the state water fund and to assist the Texas Water Development Board in achieving its goal of providing $27 billion in state water plan projects over the next 50 years.

Capitol Inside Magazine honored him as one of the 84th Session’s "Freshman’s of the Year" and in 2017 he was again recognized as the "Most Valuable Sophomore" member of the 85th Session. Texas Conservative Coalition named him “Courageous Conservative”, the Texas Association of Business awarded him the “Fighter for Free Enterprise” award and Texas Right to Life included him as one of only fourteen members on their Honorable Mention List.

American Council of Young Political Leaders recently selected Representative Phelan as one of seven United States foreign delegates. In August 2016 he traveled to Asia for a diplomatic exchange 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. He recently served as a board member to Southeast Texas CASA, Golden Triangle Coastal Conservation Association, The Jefferson Theater, St. Anne Catholic Church and as board secretary of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.

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