Term Expires December 2022
Luana Buckner has likened her history with the EAA to “a tall Texas tale.” Elected to the inaugural board of directors in 1996, the Medina County resident was originally a party in a lawsuit that challenged the creation of the EAA. When the Texas Supreme Court ruled the EAA Act was constitutional, “my motto became ‘If you can’t beat’em, join’em,’” she said.
Buckner grew up in a ranching family in Zavala County. Her parents bred registered Black Brangus cattle. As a teenager, she was asked to help brand livestock and administer medication.
After graduating from nearby Uvalde High School, Buckner attended Southwest Texas Junior College. As a reporter, then editor for the Castroville News Bulletin, Buckner wrote extensively about water-related issues, including the Applewhite Reservoir, a controversial project on the Medina River first rejected by voters in 1991.
In 1992, Buckner became the first general manager of the Medina County Groundwater Conservation District and the first woman general manager of a conservation district in Texas. She retired from the position in 2012.
After the initial two-year EAA board term, Buckner was re-elected for five consecutive four-year terms beginning in 1998. Her current term expires in 2022. As chair, Buckner presides over the board’s Executive Committee.
“I think some people thought I would just be representing the irrigators and the rural communities, and I think they’ve seen that I can see the big picture,” she said.
A real estate investor and a consultant in groundwater issues and natural resource management, Buckner currently lives outside of Castroville.