WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott made his way through Wichita County Wednesday speaking as the keynote speaker at the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Expo in Wichita Falls, and a grassroots meet and greet in Burkburnett.
He talked to people in Burkburnett about their role in the upcoming election. But the expo is what brought him to the area, and he made it clear he's happy about the state's future in oil and gas for the foreseeable future.
"Two years ago oil was around $26 or $28 a barrel," Governor Abbott said. "But yet the energy leaders and the state were able to make their way through the downturn of the price of oil and be prepared to apply innovation."
Governor Abbott has faced lots of adversity in his life, most notably when a tree fell on his back jogging paralyzing him from the waist down.
He said it was a challenge. But instead of letting it define him, he responded to it.
Governor Abbott told a room full of oil and gas workers at the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Expo that that's exactly what they did.
"Now they are coming close to helping the United States of America almost produce the same amount that Saudi Arabia and Russia are producing," he said.
The Governor said it's brought the Texas economy roaring back, adding over 200,000 jobs.
He shared the same message at his meet and greet in Burkburnett.
"We're going to be producing oil and gas very prolifically for decades to come," Governor Abbott said. "And that not only provides monetary resources for the state, but it also leads to the building and expansion of pipelines, new facilities, and cities."
He has one message for workers in the oil and gas industry and the rest of the world.
"We have the best energy professionals here in Texas of any place in the entire world," Governor Abbott said.
He also talked to Wichita County residents about the good values they hold and the role it plays to make Texas so great.
The other topic Governor Abbott talked to residents about was growth in North Texas.
He said they are looking to partner up with the local economic groups to help places like Lubbock, Amarillo, and Wichita Falls see the growth that other areas like Dallas and Fort Worth are seeing.