About Us

 

 

 

 

 

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 245
Jewett, Texas 75846

Email:

info@TexansAgainstHSR.com

Media Inquiries:

desi@TexansAgainstHSR.com

Mission Statement:
Texans Against High Speed Rail, Inc. is a 501c(4) (application pending) organization dedicated to the opposition of high-speed rail in the State of Texas. Our aim is to protect private property rights, maintain efficient modes of transportation, and prevent the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars or public subsidies for high-speed rail transportation. Our members include citizens, private property owners, business owners and elected officials from all across Texas who share our core belief of combating eminent domain for private use and our opposition to any tax-subsidized railway.
Goals:
  1. Stop the progress of high-speed rail in Texas, including the proposed Texas Central Railway
  2. Protect the rights of private property owners in Texas by promoting restrictions on private use of eminent domain
  3. Change the culture of TxDOT to abandon high-speed rail in Texas
  4. Protect taxpayers from the inevitable financial disaster resulting from failed HSR projects
Activities:
  1. Keep the public informed regarding high-speed rail in Texas, including opposition efforts
  2. Hold elected officials and agencies accountable
  3. Promote TxDOT and HSR project transparency
  4. Actively lobby state and federal legislators
  5. Advocate for the rights of private citizens

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Board of Directors

Kyle Workman

Kyle Workman

Chairman & President

Email: kyle@TexansAgainstHSR.com

Kyle Workman, a Leon County resident, was a general contractor for fifteen years prior to selling his family business to focus his career on construction consulting, both project management and litigation support. Kyle serves on the Board of the Central Texas Chapter of the Folds of Honor and the Board of Directors of the Texas Home-school Coalition. He is volunteering his time to lead Texans Against High Speed Rail, Inc. to protect property owners, property rights and tax dollars.

Frank Reilly

Frank Reilly

Treasurer & General Counsel

Frank Reilly is a partner with Potts & Reilly, LLP and has practiced constitutional, administrative, land use, municipal, governmental, special district, legislative, ethics, business, campaign and election law for over twenty-four years. Prior to becoming licensed as a lawyer, Frank earned seven years of experience as a legislative aide at the Texas House of Representatives; this combined with his legal practice gives him over thirty years of experience with matters pertaining to Texas law and politics. He holds an AV peer reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can earn in legal abilities and ethics.

Frank was elected three times to serve as Mayor of the City of Granite Shoals, Texas, a home rule municipality with approximately 5,000 residents. He also served as the acting staff attorney for the Trinity River Authority of Texas for over a year. Noted as an “expert in Texas takings laws” by the Wall Street Journal in 1999, Mr. Reilly also has a keen interest in property rights, environmental and natural resource issues, and water law.

Frank was involved in the drafting and passage of the state’s Private Real Property Preservation Act, which gave Texas property owners a new tool to preserve their rights. He has handled cases from the simplest traffic violations to complex constitutional arguments before the state’s and nation’s highest courts. He has represented clients in various municipal courts, county courts, probate courts, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, Texas and United States District Courts, Texas and United States Courts of Appeal, and before the Texas and United States Supreme Courts.

Blake Beckham

Blake Beckham

Board Member & Special Litigation Counsel

Blake Beckham, as a fourth generation Texan, comes from a long line of land-owning entrepreneurs. He has long been a champion of private property rights and this has been evidenced in the fierce legal fight he has mounted against the proposed Dallas Houston HSR. Texans Against HSR elected Blake to the Board of Directors in 2017 and he also serves as Special Litigation Counsel.

Blake has traveled to Austin and Washington, DC, participated in media interviews and presentations across Texas to bring more awareness of why the Dallas Houston HSR is bad for Texans and bad for Texas.

Blake is a graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas and Baylor University and after passing the Certified Public Accountant exam, he returned to Baylor, earning a Juris Doctorate in 1986.

Blake is an active member at Watermark Church, and in past church relationships, Beckham has served in several capacities including Sunday School teacher, committee member, and legal counsel. He currently serves as legal counsel to the non-profit charitable W. A. Criswell Foundation.

Joe Fauth, III

Joe Fauth, III

Board Member

Joe Fauth, a native Texan and Grimes County resident, is a management consultant specializing in organizational learning and people development. He has facilitated workshops and trainings in over thirty-five countries and taught labor negotiations and human resource management at the college level. After twenty-five years in industry, Joe started his own management development and consulting practice, Fauth & Associates International, Inc.

In the past, Joe was involved in Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts, United Way, Community Associations, Junior Achievement and the YMCA. Currently, he is actively involved with his church, is also a lifetime member and life time committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he serves on the Speakers Committee. Joe is a Charter Member of the Cowboy Heritage Association, serves as a board member of the N.I.S.D. Education Foundation and other community boards at this time. Joe joined the Texans Against HSR Board of Directors in 2017 and has committed time in both Austin and Washington, DC, to represent the concerns regarding the Dallas Houston HSR.

Joe is an Eagle Scout and served in the United States Air Force and the 147th Fighter Group of the Texas Air National Guard.

Carbett "Trey" Duhon, III

Carbett "Trey" Duhon, III

Board Member

Trey Duhon was raised in Fort Bend County, Texas and has resided in Waller County since 2005. He was admitted to State Bar of Texas in 1995 and also admitted to practice in U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Trey was elected to the Board of Directors of Texans Against HSR in 2018.

Trey has demonstrated his strong opposition to the Dallas Houston HSR project from the earliest public announcements and has worked tirelessly to protect the citizens of Texas from this ill-fated project. He served as the president of the Waller County Sub-Regional Planning Commission from 2012-2018, where his work including fighting for proper coordination with regulatory bodies involved in the Dallas Houston HSR. Additionally, he has traveled to Austin and Washington, DC, to testify on proposed bills and bring the concerns of citizens directly to state and federal officials.

Trey is a 1992 graduate of Texas A&M University and received his JD in 1995 from the University of Houston Law Center.

 

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