Texas Oil & Gas Association

The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) is a statewide trade association representing every facet of the Texas oil and gas industry including small independents and major producers. Collectively, the membership of TXOGA produces in excess of 80 percent of Texas’ crude oil and natural gas, operates over 80 percent of the state’s refining capacity, and is responsible for the vast majority of the state’s pipelines. In fiscal year 2020, the oil and natural gas industry supported more than 400,000 direct jobs and paid $13.9 billion in state and local taxes and state royalties, funding our state’s schools, roads and first responders.

The mission of the Texas Oil & Gas Association is to promote a robust oil and natural gas industry and to advocate for sound, science-based policies and free-market principles.

Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and natural gas trade association in the State and continues to serve as the only organization which embraces all segments of the industry.

There are four focal points for the Association’s activities: Legislation, Regulation, Judicial Affairs, and Public/Industry Affairs. The work of the Association is concentrated in these areas in order that it may be responsive to the ever growing demands made on the industry by state, and local governments and by the general public. Addressing the issues of government regulation and taxation — the two major issues which directly affect the industry’s operations — continues to be the primary objective of TXOGA. To do this the Association turns to its strong member supported committee structure, which mobilizes industry representatives with expertise in various fields to deal with specific problems. No other organization in the state can marshal the spectrum of expertise on industry issues to which TXOGA has access.

The Association’s public affairs efforts are keyed to media relations. The media is the primary recipient of the historical, economic, and statistical data on industry operations in Texas that is compiled and distributed by the Association. Its representatives also prepare and disseminate statements and news releases reflecting industry viewpoints and background information on current public issues involving the Texas Oil and Gas Industry.

The activities of the Association are governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of more than 50 industry leaders and currently chaired by Alan L. Smith of Rockcliff Energy.

We invite you to join TXOGA in supporting the industry and the state of Texas.


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3 Key Reasons To Join The Texas Oil & Gas Association Good Government Committee – TXOGA PAC

  1. Our industry is under attack. (This means your job!)
    Anti-energy activists assault the very industry providing the tax revenue that builds our schools, paves our roads, and funds our universities. Any unreasonable limitations on oil and natural gas activity is an assault on our economy and ultimately our jobs within the industry. We must be politically organized to fight back.
  2. “Good intentions” by policymakers sometimes “go bad.”
    False claims of “peak oil” and junk science about air and water quality sometimes lead policymakers to use government to pick winners and losers when it comes to energy options, rather than allowing our free market principles to work. By making an investment with the Texas Oil & Gas Good Government Committee, you are investing in the fight to preserve the free market principles that built our state into the strongest economy in the nation.
  3. In politics… If you don’t have a seat at the table, you become a part of the meal.
    Texas politics has long been described as a contact sport.  Those seeking to stop fossil fuel production – personal injury trial lawyers,  tax-and-spend big government supporters, and over-regulation advocates – literally spend hundreds of millions of dollars each election cycle.  There must be an organized counterattack to these highly-calculated efforts to undermine our industry.

Why support the Texas Oil  & Gas Association Good Government Committee?
Like it or not, your bottom line is impacted  when lawmakers pass anti-business,  big government regulations. Good, job-growing policies only exist in  Texas because leaders like you have contributed and made a difference. Now, it is time to continue this legacy.

How to support the Texas Oil & Gas Association Good Government Committee:
Please make your check payable to TXOGA PAC or Texas Oil & Gas Association Good Government Committee and mail to: Texas Oil & Gas Association Good Government Committee 304 West 13th Street Austin, TX 78701

For more information please contact kristen@txogapac.org

E. L. Ames, Jr.

Venus Oil Company

Kevin Bogard

Marathon Petroleum

Ryder Booth


Roe Buckley

Mewbourne Oil Company

Sheldon Burleson

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Dan Cole

Denbury Resources, Inc

Harold Courson

Natural Gas Anadarko Company

Tom Dender

Kinder Morgan

Michael DeShazer

Coterra Energy

Vincent DiCosimo

Targa Resources

W. Marc Dingler, IV

Diamondback Energy

Mark Evans

Phillips 66

David Ferris

Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

Allan Frizzell

Enrich Oil Corporation

Justin Furnace

Hilcorp Energy

Eric Hambly

Murphy Oil Corporation

Forrest Hoglund

Hoglund Interests

Dan Allen Hughes, Jr.

Dan A. Hughes Co., L.P.

William Herbert Hunt

Petro-Hunt, L.L.C.

Tom Janiszewski

Occidental Oil & Gas

Jon Rex Jones

Jones Management Corporation

Jonny Jones

McArron Partners, LP.

Castlen Kennedy

Apache Corporation

David W. Killam

Killam Oil Company

Wendy King


Frits Klap

Shell Exploration & Production Company

Art Klein

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Dale Kokoski

Marathon Oil Company

Kimberley Krieger

BP America, Inc.

Dave Leopold

TEP Barnett USA, LLC

David Lillo

PDC Energy

Sean Marshall

Centennial Resource Development

Matthew Most

Ovintiv Inc.

Joseph I. O’Neill, III

O'Neill Properties, Ltd.

Brett Pennington

Ensign Natural Resources

Amy Plato

Motiva Enterprises

Gabriel Rio

Milestone Environmental Services

Corbin J. Robertson, Jr.

Quintana Minerals Corporation

Pamela Roth

EOG Resources, Inc.

Grant Ruckel

Energy Transfer

David Scott

ExxonMobil Corporation

Michael Scott

CrownQuest Operating, LLC

Alan L. Smith - Board Chairman

Rockcliff Energy

Tommy Taylor

Fasken Oil and Ranch

Ty Thacker

3-T Exploration, Inc.

Herb Vogel

SM Energy

Rich Walsh

Valero Energy Corporation

Jeff Wilson

Devon Energy

George Young, Jr.

Pegasus Resources

John H. Young

John H. Young, Inc./Joy Resources, Inc.


Promotes a forum for discussion of ad valorem tax matters and provides feedback to agencies and the Legislative Committee on tax issues as they develop.


Sponsors dialogue on issues related to the storage of bulk fuels and sometimes may engage agencies on regulatory matters and provide input to the Legislative Committee on potential impacts of potential legislation.


Maintains a forum for TXOGA members’  technical and legal experts to develop and implement plans to respond to potential endangered species listings in Texas, including providing comments, researching and collecting science, and engaging in litigation, if necessary.


Provides an avenue for members’ exploration and production environmental attorneys to give feedback to agencies on environmental regulatory matters; provides input to the Production Environmental Committee on legal issues; and, assists the Association in litigation efforts as necessary.


Provides and avenue for member exploration and production attorneys to offer comments to agencies on general regulatory matters, offers input to the Regulatory Practices Committee on legal issues, and, assists the Association in litigation efforts as necessary.


Analyzes state legislation through staff reports of legislation potentially impacting industry interests; prepares legislative amendments and discussion points; presents industry views to the legislature through testimony and lobbying efforts; coordinates industry needs related to passing or defeating specific legislation.


Provides a forum for analysis, discussion and recommended resolution of energy-related issues emerging from the local community, county or multi-county regional level that impact TXOGA members.


Provides a forum for discussion by members’ technical and legal  experts  on issues related to legislation or regulation concerning pipelines, provides input to the Legislative Committee growing out of these discussions, and responds to proposed adoption and eventual implementation of pipeline oriented regulatory requirements.


Provides an avenue for members’ exploration and production environmental regulatory specialists to provide feedback to agencies on upstream regulatory matters, and offers input to the Exploration & Production Environmental Law Committee on technical issues impacting relevant legal matters.


Provides a forum for refinery environmental and safety regulatory specialists to provide comments to agencies on downstream regulatory matters and provides input to the Refinery Environmental Law Committee on technical issues impacting pending legal matters.


Provides a forum for legal experts to provide feedback to agencies on regulations involving refinery environmental issues and gives input to the Refining Environmental Committee on relevant legal matters.


Provides a forum for exploration and production regulatory specialists to provide feedback to agencies, the Texas Railroad Commission in particular, on the impact of regulatory actions upon the industry.  Works closely with the Production Environmental Committee on matters of mutual concern.


Overall Tax Policy (Includes Legislative Committee) to discuss global statewide policy issues. Responds to issues arising from the proposed implementation of new taxes and generates comments regarding general taxation issues. Also, includes school finance issues and general incentives impacting oil and gas.


Leads discussions of all water matters potentially impacting upstream and downstream activities of the industry and offers feedback and educates on industry activities and advises the Legislative Committee on the impact of proposed water legislation on each sector of the industry.


The Mission of the Texas Oil & Gas Association Communications Committee is to proactively educate and inform Texans of the benefits and safety of the oil and natural gas industry, identify and dispel inaccuracies about the energy industry, and to ensure communication tools are being used effectively to promote the legislative, regulatory and judicial goals of the Association.

Other standing committees are established by the Association on an as needed basis to handle specific issues which either do not fall under the scope of other existing committees or require a greater level of expertise.

Todd Staples


Cory Pomeroy

Vice President & General Counsel

Shannon Rusing

Vice President for Operations & Chief of Staff

Neal Carlton

Vice President for Membership & Corporate Secretary

Lauren Clay

Communications Director

Tulsi Oberbeck

Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Shana Joyce

Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Susan Scheffler

Chief Financial Officer

Mari Ruckel

Senior Advisor & Director of Community Relations, North Texas

Tala Goudarzi

Advisor for Strategic Initiatives

Jaime Newman

Events & Marketing Manager

Haley Emerson

Communications Manager

Kristen Fuchs

Executive Assistant

Caroline Conte

Director of Community Relations, Houston & Southeast Region

Matt Garcia

Director of Community Relations, Corpus Christi & the Coastal Bend