Co-op Advocacy

Protecting the interests of our electric cooperatives and their consumer-members.

What We Do

TEC’s Government Relations Department advocates on behalf of our member cooperatives on legislative and regulatory matters at both the state and national levels. Our goal is to educate decision-makers on how legislative and regulatory issues may affect the reliability and affordability of energy services in the areas served by cooperatives and the impact of the underlying policies on the quality of life for our consumer-members.

At the heart of our effort is a grassroots network of directors, managers, employees and consumer-members. Since 1936, electric cooperatives have preserved a culture of advocacy and involvement by consumers in educating decision-makers. Without it, much of rural America would likely still be in the dark.


Political Action

Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives is a nonpartisan Political Action Committee (PAC) for directors, employees, consumer-members and others associated with the electric cooperatives serving Texas. Founded in 1976, Rural Friends supports candidates for statewide office, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and our consumer-members.


Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives

Rural Friends contributions to candidates come from thousands of members from across our state who personally contribute to the PAC. The membership ranges from directors and employees of the cooperatives to consumer-members. It is genuine grassroots support in every sense of the word.

With over 4,600 members, Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives stands united to power communities and empower members to improve the quality of their lives.

For more information on Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives, or eligibility to participate, please contact Jen Johnston, Government Relations Coordinator, at (512) 486-6221 or [email protected].

Contributions to Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives (Rural Friends) are not tax-deductible. Contributions to Rural Friends are strictly voluntary and will be used for political purposes. You have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Any contribution guidelines presented are merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the suggested amounts, or not at all. No one will be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute.