About TPEA

State Employees Work Hard for Texans ... TPEA Works Hard for You


If you work for the State of Texas, you know how important state employees are to Texans—and you need a membership association that understands that too. The Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA) is that association.

Mission: To preserve and enhance salary and benefits for State of Texas employees and retirees.

Vision: State of Texas employees and retirees are respected and properly compensated for their dedicated service.

Founded in 1946 by dedicated state employees, TPEA has fought for over 75 years to promote and enhance the salaries and quality benefits enjoyed by state employees and retirees—the benefits that make it possible for Texans to devote themselves to careers in public service. Today, we are one of the largest association for active and retired state employees, and we’re also the only nonunion, nonpartisan association serving state employees during and after their careers. We were instrumental in the creation of the Employees Retirement System (ERS) pension fund, and we successfully lobbied the Legislature to offer health insurance to state employees and retirees.

Unfortunately, without a professional and effective advocate on your side, there’s no assurance these important and valuable active and retired state employee benefits won’t be whittled away. Your TPEA membership in an inexpensive investment that ensures you have a professional, well-respected voice at the Capitol looking out for your interests and the benefits so critical to your financial well-being.

  • Nonunion membership organization

  • Nonpartisan advocate for active and retired state employees

  • Governed by state employees and retirees elected to the TPEA Board of Directors

  • Independent—no national affiliations

  • Texas-only—all dues stay in-state

  • 501(c)6 tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code 

Membership Benefits

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Communications about legislative issues and other news affecting active and retired state employees
  • Services and discounts that help Texas state employees and retirees stretch their families' dollars

TPEA does not provide representation to individual employees during grievances or disputes with management.​

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