Key Moments in TPEA History
State agency leaders, seeking to provide state employees with benefits comparable to the private sector and worthy of public servants, begin talks to form TPEA.
Following World War II and the passage of a Retirement Act by the 50th Texas Legislature, state employees charter the Texas Public Employees Association in March 1946.
TPEA members and the Legislature work to amend the Texas Constitution to provide for a state employee pension fund. The Employees Retirement System began operations Sept. 1, 1947.
TPEA works with the Legislature to pass legislation providing paid health insurance coverage for state employees through ERS. Previously, state employees acquired coverage as a benefit of TPEA membership.
TPEA, the oldest and largest voice of Texas state employees, works with lawmakers to craft House Bill 9, legislation that preserves the ERS pension with actuarially sound contribution levels.