Representative Dade Phelan was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and is a 1994 graduate of Kelly High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Government and Business from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.
Mr. Phelan is a former legislative staff member to State Representative Mark Stiles, U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey and State Senator Tommy Williams. Since 2006, Phelan has been a commercial real estate developer and licensed broker in Southeast Texas. His fourth generation investment firm owns and manages retail, industrial and office properties across Texas and Arkansas.
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.
In his first session representing House District 21, Phelan was appointed to the Appropriations Committee as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Elections Committee. Capitol Inside Magazine honored him as one of the 84th Session’s Freshman of the Year, Texas Conservative Coalition named him a 2015 Courageous Conservative, the Texas Association of Business selected him as a Fighter for Free Enterprise while Texas Right to Life’s included him as one of only fourteen members on their Honorable Mention List.
In 2016, Dade was one of three house members appointed to the State Water Infrastructure Fund for Texas Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee 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.
American Council of Young Political Leaders selected
Representative Phelan as one of eight United States foreign delegates. In
August he traveled to Asia for a diplomatic exchange with China and Taiwan’s
next generation of political leaders.
His wife, Kim, is a solo practitioner attorney and together they have four boys, Ford, Mack, Hank and Luke.