The Port of Houston Is Vital to Texas and the Nation
Earlier this week, I toured the Port of Houston and participated in a roundtable discussion with Port of Houston Authority (PHA) officials, in which I discussed the port’s remarkable job creation and its powerful economic role in Texas and in the nation.
Following his tour and roundtable with the PHA, I met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers for a briefing on security measures and border patrol operations within the port.
I also took an aerial tour of the Houston Ship Channel with U.S. Coast Guard officers and discussed their critical role in both port security and economic growth.
Houston continues to be the epicenter of good paying jobs and economic prosperity, and a vibrant and thriving Port of Houston is a critical engine for that economic growth. Not only is the port a catalyst for Texas’ robust economy, it is also central to our national security and the safety of every American. I’m grateful for the hard work of each and every person at the port, and I’m proud to continue working with the Port of Houston Authority, CBP officers, and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure this port remains a strong economic driver for our state and for the country.
The Port of Houston is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the United States. The port provides over 2 million jobs to hardworking Americans and contributes nearly $620 billion in economic activity. In Texas alone, the port is responsible for over 1 million jobs and has a statewide economic impact of nearly $265 billion.