Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. District 3 (R-Magnolia)

Industry
Business Owner, Ranching/Agriculture, Construction
Education
Oakwood High School 1980/ Valedictorian
Spouse
Jo Ann
Committees
  • Economic & Small Business Development
  • Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII & VIII
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Bell is self-employed at several companies he founded: B-5 Construction Co. Inc., Tejas Underground Utilities, Storm Maintenance and Monitoring Inc. and High Star Inc.

  • He runs a cattle ranching business in Leon and Freestone counties.

  • He owns stock in Ford and Enron and reports earnings from a number of banks and financial institutions.

Property

  • Residence in Magnolia valued at $188,740

  • Commercial retail center owned by High Star Inc. valued at $6,071,690

  • 514 acres in Freestone County valued at $917,000

Analysis

  • Bell serves as the president of the Magnolia ISD Board of Trustees, chairman of the Montgomery County Precinct 5 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Training Facility Board, director of the Texas Association of Business and advisory director of First Community Bank.

  • In the 2013 session, Bell authored a successful bill that reinforced immunity from civil liability for people or businesses responding to natural disasters at the request of local, state, or federal agency. He founded a company called Storm Maintenance and Monitoring Inc., which handles storm water pollution issues.