Representative of the 17th District of Texas
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: 5:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843
US Congressman Bill Flores
Dr. Lori Taylor and US Congressman Bill Flores
US Congressman Bill Flores
Dr. Raymond Robertson, Dr. Lori Taylor, US Congressman Bill Flores, Dean Mark Welsh
On November 7, the day after the midterm elections, US Congressman Bill Flores participated in the Conversations in Public Policy series hosted by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy. The evening’s discussion focused on trade and energy policy challenges facing congress and was attended by more than two hundred guests from the Bush School, Texas A&M University, and the local community. Congressman Flores first spoke about the importance of free and fair global trade and its contributions to the promise, prosperity, and security of America. He defined free trade as “no subsidies, no barriers, no tariffs for anybody, anywhere, at any time.” He opined that while President Trump has a different negotiating style than he, it is getting results – reopening various US agriculture markets, getting trade negotiations started with Japan, and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Congressman Flores then shifted to energy and spoke of the success the United States has achieved in becoming more energy independent. He also championed next-generation nuclear energy, discussing its sustainability, lack of carbon emissions, and affordability. Following his prepared remarks, Dr. Lori Taylor, Director of the Mosbacher Institute, engaged Congressman Flores on-stage in further conversation about trade and energy policy and the election results. Congressman Flores stated that in the current 115th Congress, 98.9% of the 268 bills passed so far have been bipartisan, which is a trend he hopes to see continue in the 116th Congress. Congressman Flores will begin his fifth term representing the 17th District of Texas when the 116th Congress starts in January of 2019.
Congressman William H. “Bill” Flores was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010. After observing a movement to reverse American exceptionalism and damage our nation's fiscal solvency, Flores retired from a successful career in the private sector to run for Congress in order to restore America’s promise, prosperity and security for future generations. He works hard to achieve this mission every day and believes that by working together we can restore America to “the Shining City on a Hill” that President Reagan spoke of frequently.
Flores is serving in his fourth term representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas, which covers portions of Central Texas from Waco to Bryan/College Station to north Austin. For the 114th Congress, Flores was elected by his fellow conservative colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest caucus in the U.S. Congress and an influential group of House Republicans committed to economic opportunity, national security, fiscal responsibility, American values and limited government. Additionally, Flores serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
A ninth generation Texan, Flores was raised in Stratford, a small town in the Texas Panhandle, and comes from a long Texas family ranching heritage. He is the oldest of six children and was born at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. After his father’s military tour of duty, his family moved back to the family’s roots in Stratford, Texas. As the son of a rancher, Flores learned the value of hard work and the basics of the American Free Enterprise system. His entrepreneurial experience began at age 10 delivering papers, and by age 13, during the summers, he was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, driving a tractor, building fences and working cattle. The strong foundation that he and his five brothers and sisters were raised on set the stage for a successful career. Despite the hardships, the Flores family never asked for or sought government assistance. Flores learned an early lesson that the value of hard work, personal responsibility and saving for the future are important aspects of the American spirit and reflect the values which guided our Nation’s Founding Fathers.
Through hard work, determination and prudent saving, Flores paid his own way through Texas A&M University, from which he graduated in 1976 with a BBA in Accounting (Cum Laude). In 1985, he received an MBA from Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Gina have provided scholarships, faculty fellowships, and infrastructure investments to support higher education at Texas A&M University and Houston Baptist University – portions of which are dedicated to assist first generation college students, primarily from underrepresented groups. They are also major benefactors of K-12 education, including support for Yellowstone Academy, which provides elementary education to children in one of Houston’s poorest inner city areas.
In 1978, Flores earned his Texas Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) license. Before retiring to pursue public service, Flores worked in the energy industry for nearly three decades. During that time, he served as a CFO, COO or CEO for successful energy companies, ultimately serving as President and CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company, an oil and gas company focused upon the discovery of American oil and gas resources. This company was started in late 2005, and in light of its rapid growth, was included in the Houston Chronicle’s Top Private Companies lists in 2007 and 2008.
As a company leader and entrepreneur, Flores has firsthand experience in helping to create hundreds of good-paying American jobs. He also understands the problems that bad government policy and regulation can cause for American job creation and economic prosperity.
Flores has also held numerous governance positions for various public companies, private companies and non-profit organizations. Today, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University, the Board of Directors of Texas A&M’s Private Enterprise Research Center, the advisory board of the Ranching Heritage Association, and the Congressional board of directors of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI).
His previous governance positions include Commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Commission, Director and Past Chair of The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University, as well as serving on the Boards of the Phoenix Exploration Company, PetroAlliance Services, Ltd., Marine Drilling Companies, Inc., OneOffshore, Inc., Great Western Resources, Inc. and The PARC Recreational Ministries Corp.
In 2013, Houston Baptist University honored Flores with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2012, Flores was inducted into the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor. In 2011, Texas Tech University’s Ranching Heritage Association honored him with the Boss of the Plains award in 2011 to reflect his association with ranching. In 2010, Texas A&M University honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of A&M, and in 2003, he was recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.
He and Gina are also major contributors to Wounded Warrior programs. Their community involvement includes service as an active volunteer for charitable causes and not-for-profit organizations. Flores’s hobbies include snow skiing and flying. He is an instrument rated private pilot with more than 2,500 hours of pilot-in-command time.
Flores and his wife Gina have been married for 40 years and reside in Bryan, Texas, where they are members of Central Baptist Church. They have two adult sons – Will and John. John and his wife Aimee blessed them with two granddaughters and two grandsons.