Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Craig Eiland District 23 (D-Galveston)

Industry
Lawyer
Education
B.B.A., Baylor University; J.D., Baylor University
Spouse
Melissa
Committees
  • Calendars
  • Ways & Means
  • Insurance (Vice-Chair)
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Eiland is the president of Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland PC.

  • He reports interest in Fort Worth-based Ray Richey & Co., specifially the ENS McConnell well. He has interest in several privately held companies, including Casa De Politico, Island Air LLC and Island Energy Investments LLC, all based in Galveston.

Property

  • Residence in Galveston valued at $451,650

  • His wife, Melissa, is listed as the owner of an Austin residence valued at $3 million

Analysis

  • Eiland has come under fire for playing an active role in hurricane insurance reforms while making money off storm-related lawsuits. As of the summer of 2011 Eiland had made more than $620,000 from a settlement between homeowners and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, or TWIA, the state insurer of last resort, according to Texas Watchdog. Eiland has been the vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, which has a TWIA oversight role, and he also played a major role in the negotiation and crafting of a TWIA overhaul in 2011. He filed additional legislation related to TWIA and insurers in 2013. Eiland says hurricanes impact his district, not just his business, and that he sees no conflict.

  • Eiland has an interest in three businesses in common with registered lobbyists: Frontier Bank in Elgin, the Heritage Bank in Pearland and Alpine Waste Solutions in Commerce City, Co. The lobbyists are not named, but Eiland voluntarily disclosed that Austin lobbyist Curtis Fuelberg had also invested in Frontier Bank and in Alpine Waste Solutions, and that Russell "Rusty" Kelley had invested in the Heritage Bank.