Carl Gustafson


Carl W. Gustafson is the current chairman of the Republican Party of Galveston County, Texas (“GCRP”). Following the resignation of chairwoman Barbara Meeks, Carl was elected by the party leadership on December 10, 2015 by a 2-to-1 margin to replace Ms. Meeks, and was reelected to a full two year term as party chairman by the general electorate during the 2016 Republican Primary on March 1, 2016.

Carl is currently serving his second 3-year term on Friendswood City Council. He is the council liaison to the Friendswood Community and Economic Development Committee and has helped to foster a better business climate in Friendswood. Carl also serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Carl was born September 4, 1963 in Hampton, Virginia. His father was a project engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia and his mother was a high school Chemistry teacher. Carl graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Carl has more than 25 years of professional experience as an engineer and project manager in the oil and gas industry. He is currently a project manager with Nassau Engineering in League City, and is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Texas.

Carl and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters and a son at home, and another daughter and grandson who also live in Friendswood. Carl and his family attend Friendswood United Methodist Church.

Carl’s personal interests include motorcycles, classic car and tractor restoration, boating, traveling, and attending his children’s sporting and artistic activities. He has previously coached and sponsored his daughters’ softball teams.

Carl and Theresa currently own commercial warehouse properties in Houston, where tenant businesses employ approximately 20 people. Plans are in place for further expansion at the site later this year, resulting in additional employment opportunities. Carl also owns and operates Viking Process Equipment, which sells industrial engineered equipment.

Carl and Theresa believe that no child should grow up without a home and are very passionate about adoption and the foster care system. Carl and Theresa’s younger children are all adopted.

Additionally, the Gustafsons are very active in the local community and Galveston County, supporting and working with organizations such as crisis pregnancy centers, anti-human trafficking organizations, animal adoption organizations, and reformation efforts in connection with municipal special purpose and management districts. The Gustafsons are also strong proponents of economic development and downtown revitalization efforts such as The Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association.