Tribpedia: Louis Beecherl

Louis A. Beecherl, Jr,. is the owner of Beecherl Holdings based in Dallas and a major Republican donor. He was formerly the CEO of Texas Oil & Gas Corp, chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, a regional chair of President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, and on the finance team of Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. He also sat on the board of Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

After 20 years as a founding member and CEO of Texas Oil & Gas Corp., Beecherl retired in 1977. He remained honorary chairman of the board.

He was appointed by Governor Bill Clements to serve as chairman of the Texas Water Development Board from 1980 to 1986. He was also a major supporter of what became a $420 million Dallas bond initiative to develop the banks of the Trinity River.

Watchdog group Texans for Public Justice has been critical of Beecherl's involvement at the intersection of business and politics:

"While Beecherl was chair of the Regents in 1987, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department--over the objections of its staff--moved 40 pronghorn antelope from West Texas to Beecherl’s ranch on the Bosque River near Waco as part of a series of “political stockings” exposed by the Austin American-Statesman. By the following year, 39 of the animals starved to death due to the unsuitability of the foliage on Beecherl’s ranch. More recently, Beecherl hired lobbyists to fight the dairy industry, which is trashing the Bosque River with cow manure. Beecherl paid lobbyist Bill Ceverha to defeat a Dallas light-rail referendum in 1988. Ten years later he hired Ceverha to promote a record $246 million Dallas bond initiative to develop the banks of the Trinity River."

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