Dade Phelan

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Dade Phelan
Dade Phelan.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 21
In office
January 13, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, 1998
ProfessionReal estate developer/broker
Office website
Dade Phelan is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Phelan served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2015


Campaign themes


Phelan's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Create Jobs

  • Excerpt: "As state representative, my top priority will be keeping taxes low and cutting job-killing regulation so hard working Texans can keep our state the job-creating capital of America."

Stop Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "We have to put an end to Obamacare’s destructive policies so we can grow our economy and ensure the health and safety of all Texans."

Ensure Our Water Supply

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to a combined effort of conservation and water infrastructure investments – within the means of the state budget and without new taxes."

Defend The 2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "As state representative, I will always stand up to any attempt restricting the personal liberties granted to us by God. This means upholding the entire Bill of Rights at all costs – especially the Right to Bear Arms."

Protecting Life

  • Excerpt: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights given to us by our Creator – and the first is life. I am pro-life because my faith has taught me to cherish all life."

Lower Taxes

  • Excerpt: "By cutting the franchise tax and making the cuts permanent, we will ensure Texas families have the jobs they need to pursue a brighter future."

Improving Education

  • Excerpt: "Improving education in our community is the first step to ensuring that our children will lead our country and our economy to lasting prosperity. To achieve this great goal, I am committed to providing the best education for our students by making certain they have the best teachers, and by empowering parents and schools with more local control and fewer government mandates."

Solve Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "We have to take control of our border and hold companies responsible for illegally hiring undocumented workers."

Texas Energy Production

  • Excerpt: "We must take a stand against Washington and the EPA’s attempts to stifle progress with federal regulation. We must remove obstacles preventing innovation and the construction of key pipeline projects."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Dade Phelan defeated Judy Nichols in the Republican primary. Gavin Bruney was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bruney defeated Phelan in the general election.[2][3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 21 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDade Phelan 74.4% 28,283
     Democratic Gavin Bruney 25.6% 9,739
Total Votes 38,022


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Political offices
Preceded by
Allan Ritter (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 21
Succeeded by