William H. "Bill" Flores (born February 25, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 17th congressional district. The district, located in the middle of the state, includes Waco, College Station and Bryan. He is a member of the Republican Party and the former CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company, an oil and natural gas exploration company.
Early life and education
Flores was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, where his father was serving in the military, and grew up in Stratford, Texas in the Texas Panhandle.
He graduated Cum Laude with a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University in 1976. While there, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Ross Volunteer Company, and Corps Staff. He also served as Student Body Vice-President of Finance during his senior year. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1978. He also received an M.B.A from Houston Baptist University in 1985.
Flores served as CFO for two publicly traded energy service firms from 1990 through 1998. These companies included Marine Drilling Companies, Inc. (1990–1997) and Western Atlas Inc. (1997–1998). From 2002 to 2005, Flores was the Senior Vice President and CFO of Gryphon Exploration Company.
During his time with Marine Drilling he personally oversaw Bankruptcy filings which resulted in a 7.5 million loss to the federal government.
In 2006, a group of five oil and gas industry executives, led by Flores as President and CEO, formed Phoenix Exploration Company with $350 million of capital commitments from a group of private equity firms.
The company is engaged in oil and gas exploration along the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico shelf utilizing regional 3-D seismic data. Flores also served as a Director of that company from its formation until he retired in December 2009 to run for public office.
Flores is a former Commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Commission, and a past Director and former Chairman of the Board of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. He has also served on boards of Phoenix Exploration Company, Marine Drilling Companies, Inc., FreeBirds, Inc., and The PARC, Inc, and The Alley Theater of Houston.
He currently serves on the Board of the Private Enterprise Research Center of Texas A&M University and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University.
U.S. House of Representatives
In late 2009 Flores entered the Republican primary for the 17th District, held by 10-term Democratic incumbent Chet Edwards. Flores stated that his worries about the future of "the American dream" inspired him to run for Congress.
Flores committed half a million dollars of his own money for the campaign.
In the Republican primary runoff on April 13, he had defeated Rob Curnock by a 64-36 percent margin. The size of his primary victory was a surprise to many political observers because Curnock was the 2008 nominee and he held Edwards' 2008 vote total close to 50 percent, despite being heavily outspent. During the Republican primary, Flores received the endorsement of former Republican U.S. Senator Phil Gramm After the primary win, Flores was also endorsed by George H.W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.
Through October 13, 2010, had spent $2.644 million overall.
On November 2, 2010, Flores trounced Edwards with 62 percent of the vote.
This was the largest margin of defeat for a Democratic incumbent in the 2010 cycle.
Upon his swearing-in, Flores became the first Republican to represent Waco in Congress since Reconstruction. A staunch conservative, Flores supports limited government and lower taxes; an end to the spending of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; making the Bush-era tax cuts permanent; pro-life abortion positions; and stronger enforcement at the U.S. Mexico border. Flores supports the building of new nuclear power plants to assist the U.S. in becoming energy self-sufficient. He also supports incentives for the development of solar and wind power. He is a member of the Conservative Republican Study Committee and the Congressional Hispanic Conference.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Flores is married to Gina, whom he met in high school. They have two sons.
Flores formerly served as a member of the Mays Business School Advisory Board, the Corps of Cadets Development Council, Corps of Cadets Association, the Houston A&M Club, the Brazos County A&M Club, and other roles at Texas A&M University. In 2003, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University. In 2010, he was also named a Distinguished Alumnus by Texas A&M University.
February 15th, 2012