• Meet Drew

  • Meet Drew

    State Representative Drew Darby represents nine counties in West Texas spanning the Concho Valley and Permian Basin, an area larger than seven states. Drew is a product of San Angelo schools and received a business degree and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He also attended the Darden School for Emerging Leaders at the University of Virginia.

    Drew was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. Drew is currently serving as Chairman of the Energy Resources Committee, and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Select Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation. Additionally, Representative Darby has served as a member of the Legislative Budget Board, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee and as a subcommittee chairman for the House Committee on Appropriations.

    A successful businessman, Drew is the owner of Surety Title with offices throughout West Texas, and Of Counsel to the Energy and Real Estate practice group at the law firm of Jackson Walker, LLP.

    He and his wife Clarisa have five children and four grandchildren.

    • Award-winning leadership:
    • "Service and Dedication to Education Award" (Texas Retired Teachers Association)
    • Oil & Natural Gas Industries Texas Legislative Champion Award - 2013
    • "Best of the Legislature 2013" (Capitol Inside)
    • "Best Legislator - Honorable Mention" (Texas Monthly, 2013)
    • "Citizen of the Year" (San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, 2012)
    • "Outstanding Legislator" (Texas Land Title Association)
    • "Champion for Free Enterprise Award" (Texas Association of Business)
    • "Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement" (Texas Police Chiefs Association)
    • "Guardian of Small Business" (National Federation of Independent Business)
    • "Champion for Children Award" (Texas Coalition of Homes for Children)
    • "Hall of Fame" (Texas Realtors Association)
    • "Best of the Legislature 2011" (Capitol Inside, Honorable Mention)
      • Endorsements:
      • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas PAC
      • Conservative Republicans of Texas
      • Keep Texas Working PAC
      • Political Action Committee for Engineers (PACE)
      • San Angelo Standard Times
      • Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
      • Texas Alliance for Life
      • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PAC
      • Texas Association of Business PAC
      • Texas Association of Realtors PAC
      • Texas Association of Manufacturers PAC
      • Texas Farm Bureau - AGFUND
      • Texas Hospital Association PAC
      • Texas Medical Association PAC
      • Texas Municipal Police Association
      • Texas Parent PAC
      • Texas Pharmacy Association PAC
      • Texas RN/APRN PAC
      • Texas Retailers Association PAC
      • Texas State Teachers Association PAC
      • Texas Wildlife Association PAC

    On the Issues

    Budget Transparency

    Representative Darby devotes a great deal of time and energy to taking a complex state budget and making it easier for real Texans to understand. As a member of the committee that sets the budget for the state, he's focused on meeting the basic needs of the people of Texas and on demanding that government agencies live within their means. In the 83rd session, Drew led the effort by authoring and passing into law an elimination of an electricity surtax while lowering trash collection and insurance fees on homeowners to only what is neccessary, not a revenue source for growing state government.

    Champion for Our Schools

    Representative Darby works hard for our school children, their parents, and the teachers who serve them. Since entering the Legislature, his focus has been on local control for schools and on student performance, not overburdening standardized tests and state government bureaucracy. In the 83rd session, he was proud to support retired teachers by ensuring their pension fund is fiscally sound. As a member of the Higher Education committee, Drew is also working to ensure our regional universities and community colleges are delivering affordable career advancement for students and their families.


    Representative Darby understands that water infrastructure is critical for life and for our economy. State government must be a positive resource, helping us plan for our future and where possible aid water resource development so that we can keep water rates affordable. It must not, however, create more regulatory barriers that prevent West Texans from solving West Texas problems.

    Economic Development

    Representative Darby is a strong fiscal conservative and a business owner, who believes that keeping taxes low, maintaining a predictable regulatory environment and a fair court system are the keys to keeping the Texas economy strong. Throughout his work in the legislature, Drew has lowered taxes on small businesses, streamlined business permitting and is a strong proponent of tort reform.


    Representative Darby considers better transportation infrastructure to be a top priority for West Texas and he’s fought, every session, for more investment in our area’s roads, rail and bridges. He opposes more debt and tollroads as the solution to our transportation problems and favors a "pay as you go" system that puts transportation as a constitutional priority for state government.

    Connect With Drew

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    San Angelo Office

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