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Rep. Bill Flores
Congressman William H. “Bill” Flores was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010. He represents the 17th Congressional District of Texas which covers portions of Central Texas from Waco to Bryan/College Station to north Austin. Flores serves on the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
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
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. 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.
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. 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.
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 contributors to Wounded Warrior programs. Their community involvement includes service as an active volunteer for charitable causes and not-for-profit organizations.
Flores and his wife Gina have been married for 33 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 their first grandchild, Britain Grace, in early 2011.