Daryl L. Fowler was re-elected to a second term as the constitutional county judge of DeWitt County in 2014 without opposition. He entered public service in 2011 following a career in the insurance and financial services industry that began in 1982 as an account executive at E. F. Hutton & Company in Fort Worth.Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter appointed him to the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force in 2011 and in 2012 he was appointed to the TxDOT Energy Solutions Task Force where he served on the Finance Subcommittee.During the 83rd and 84th sessions of the Texas Legislature he organized a coalition of counties in the Eagle Ford Shale that advocated funding solutions to pay for the damages to county roads caused by oil and gas exploration. His efforts led to the passing of landmark legislation including SB 1747 (83-R), HJR 1 and Proposition 1 (83-S1), and HB 2521 (84-R) that redirect state revenues toward state and county road construction efforts in the energy sector.Under his leadership as chief budget officer, the commissioner’s court has adopted tax and budget policies that lowered the property tax rate by 28 percent, appropriated more than $78 million toward road and bridge efforts, and authorized the early redemption of two series of county-issued debt.His formal education includes a BBA degree from Texas Christian University in 1982 and a certificate in Petroleum Land Practices from TCU in 2008.In addition to being a constitutional county judge, he manages a family-owned cattle ranch south of Yoakum and is a deacon in his church. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children.
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