Lyle Larson serves as Chair of the House committee that oversees water policy in the Texas Legislature. As Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, he is committed to securing Texas’ water future and advancing the state’s role in water planning and project implementation. He has passed numerous pieces of legislation to advance the development of innovative water strategies in Texas, including brackish groundwater desalination, seawater desalination, and aquifer storage and recovery projects.
Since 2011, Larson has visited more than 65 groundwater conservation districts, 12 river authorities, all large public utilities, industrial users, agricultural interests, and numerous municipalities and water districts in an effort to learn how to best meet the water needs of the fastest growing state in the country. He has traveled internationally to Israel and Australia to observe the technology, environmental mitigation, and funding strategies for their desalination programs.
Larson also serves as co-Chair of the Southwestern States Water Commission, and has worked with the International Boundary and Water Commission on compliance issues with the 1944 Water Treaty with Mexico, as well as possible water deals with neighboring state.
Prior to serving in state government, Larson served on the San Antonio City Council and Bexar County Commissioner’s Court. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.