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Ernest Angelo, Jr.

Managing Partner
Discovery Exploration

Ernest Angelo has over 50 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Since 1964, he has been an independent petroleum engineer. Currently, Angelo is managing partner of Discovery Exploration and is involved in investing in oil and gas exploration and production.  

Recently, Angelo served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission as an appointee of Governor George W. Bush. In March 2008, he completed a term as Chairman of the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry. Angelo has served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (formerly known as Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System), appointed by Governor William Clements.  

Angelo is a member of Pi Epsilon Tau and Tau Beta Pi Honorary Societies, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Professional Earth Scientists, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He served as Permian Basin president and state director of the latter group. In 1973, Angelo was named Permian Basin Engineer of the Year. He was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by three consecutive secretaries of energy. In 1996, he received the National Public Service Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In 2008, Angelo received the John Ben Sheppard Leadership Foundation Texas Leader Award.  

Having a lifelong interest in government and politics, Angelo served four terms as Mayor of Midland, Texas, retiring in 1980. During his tenure, Midland experienced substantial growth and an increase in city facilities and services while achieving the lowest tax rate among Texas' 25 largest cities. In 1976 and 1980, he was co-chairman and chairman, respectively, of Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in Texas. In both years, Reagan carried Texas with large majorities and, in 1980, Angelo was the volunteer Campaign Manager for Reagan's landslide Texas victory. Angelo was Republican national committeeman for Texas from 1976 to 1996.

Angelo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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