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Happy Birthday, Sam Houston EC!

Sam Houston Electric Cooperative is celebrating 74 years of service in East Texas this month. This time next year, Cooperative members, employees and the Board of Directors will proudly celebrate a milestone—our 75th anniversary.

In the early 1930s, the vast rural areas of America did not have access to the wonders of electricity. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order in 1935 creating the Rural Electrification Administration, the “REA Movement” spread rapidly throughout the nation.

Sam Houston Electric Cooperative was founded Aug. 27, 1938, by a group of rural residents in Polk County. The first Directors met, planned and created their Cooperative. On May 16, 1939, they received a charter from the State of Texas.

After 74 years of service, our goals are still the same as they were in 1939—to provide safe, reliable electricity to our Cooperative members.