• 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, Chairman of the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility Committee, and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and Redistricting Committee. In 2017, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to serve as the Texas representative on the Royalty Policy Committee, an advisory committee to the Secretary to reform the department and improve energy production in offshore and federal lands. In previous sessions, 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 six 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 Rifle Association
      • Texas State Teachers Association PAC
      • Texas Wildlife Association PAC

    On the Issues

    Property Taxes

    Representative Darby serves on the House tax cutting committee where he is working to reverse the trend of skyrocketing property taxes on our families. He wrote and passed new laws to help homeowners fight their appraisals. To lower the tax burden on homeowners, he has authored legislation to increase the state’s responsibility to fund schools, stopping the shift to local taxpayers. His plan calls for cutting school tax rates and eliminating the “Robin Hood” school finance scheme that redistributes tax dollars to other parts of the state. To bring further relief, the Legislature must stop unfunded mandates on our cities, counties, community colleges. And we must provide homeowners greater transparency, tools to fight their individual tax bills, and the power to veto large tax increases.

    Border Security

    Representative Darby has passed substantial increases in the state's commitment to border security and voted to prohibit any Texas official ignoring a lawful immigration order. If the federal government continues to not get the job done, Texas must protect its borders from violent drug and human traffickers. Drew has also championed the Border Prosecution Unit to give additional tools to prosecutors to put away the bad guys and breakup their criminal enterprises.

    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. He believes the framers of the Texas Constitution were right when they proclaimed: "A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools." He is proud to support retired teachers by ensuring their pension fund is fiscally sound because it is a commitment the Legislature has made and needs to uphold. As a former member of the Higher Education committee, Drew continues to work 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.

    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. He has served on the committee that sets the budget for the state and he 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 to author and pass into law an elimination of an electricity surtax while lowering trash collection and insurance fees on homeowners to only what is necessary, not a revenue source for growing state government.

    Connect With Drew

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