Texas House Passes H.R. 2040 to Commend Paul Beard

Resolution celebrates Sabine-Neches Navigation District chairman’s service and leadership

PORT ARTHUR, TX – The Texas House of Representatives today passed House Resolution 2040 by Rep. Joe Deshotel (Dist. 22), which commends Sabine-Neches Navigation District Chairman Paul Beard for his outstanding leadership and longstanding commitment to the betterment Southeast Texas.

“There are many honors that come with representing Southeast Texas.  But one of my favorite is being able to bring statewide recognition to deserving constituents such as Paul Beard,” Rep. Deshotel said.  “He is a true asset to us all and his work will positively affect all of Texas for years to come.”

Beard has been on the board of the Navigation District for 16 years, since 1999.  He has led the organization’s project to deepen the Sabine-Neches Waterway from 40’ to 48’ to ensure Southeast Texas continues to benefit from the jobs and economic impact the Waterway generates. Congress and the President of the United States have now authorized the project, and construction is expected to begin soon.

“Paul is a great person to work with and an excellent leader for the Navigation District,” said Randall Reese, General Manager of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District.  “We’ve had great success over the last several years thanks to his hard work and his commitment to improving Southeast Texas.”

In addition to his service as chairman of the Navigation District, Beard has been a leader in many Southeast Texas organizations including the Southeast Texas Waterways Advisory Council, the Port Arthur Sertoma Club (held offices of secretary and club president), the Propeller Club (held offices of vice president, president, regional vice president and member of the national executive committee) and the Port of Sabine.  In 1986, Beard received the Maritime Person of the Year award from the Propeller Club.

Beard graduated from Zavalla High School in 1949 and obtained a General Business Diploma from Port Arthur College in 1950.  He was married to his late wife Grace Beard for 54 years and has 13 children.

H.R. 2040 is available here.

For more information, contact Randall Reese, General Manager of the SNND at 409.729.4588 or or visit


About the Sabine-Neches Navigation District
The SNND responsibly manages, advocates for and improves the ship channel and navigable waters of Jefferson County to enhance the economy, environment and quality of life in Southeast Texas.  The SNND, local sponsor of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, is a political subdivision of the state of Texas and has operated in Jefferson County for more than 100 years.  The Sabine-Neches Waterway is an engine that drives the economies of Southeast Texas and the U.S., pumping billions of dollars into the economy and generating nearly 300,000 permanent jobs.

About the Sabine-Neches Waterway
The Sabine-Neches Waterway is the nation’s third largest waterway, transporting more than 125 million tons of cargo each year.  It is the nation’s No. 1 crude oil import channel and home to the No. 1 commercial military outload port. Refineries along the ship channel produce 60 percent of nation’s commercial jet fuel and the majority of U.S. military jet fuel. Additionally, 55 percent of the nation’s strategic oil reserves are supported by the waterway.