Lineworker legacies
Joe M. Lockhart and Joe M.T. Lockhart

Joe M. Lockhart was a lineworker for more than three decades. His son, Joe M.T. Lockhart, is a journeyman lineworker at Bluebonnet. They are part of a four-generation lineage of lineworkers.

At Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, many have followed in the bootsteps of their family members. Today, the next generation of lineworkers keeps the lights on, builds new power lines, maintains the electric system and watches out for each other. It’s not just a job — it’s a calling.

Story by Alyssa Meinke
Photos by Sarah Beal

The Lockhart lineage

Four generations in this Central Texas family have carried on a tradition that began in 1917 and continues today at Bluebonnet.

Growing up, Joe M.T. Lockhart briefly dreamed that he might become a second baseman for the Texas Rangers. As they typically do, childhood dreams usually give way to adult realities. “I needed a career that would support a family. It didn’t take long for me to realize that career was line work,” he said.

Line work is what the Lockhart family does. The young man would follow the same path as his father, grandfather and great-great-grandfather. 

He is the fourth generation of the Lockhart family to work on electric lines in Texas. The first was Tom Womack, a veteran of the Spanish-American War who got a job in 1917 stringing lines at a Waco military base. Joe M.T.’s grandfather, Joe P. Lockhart, was a lineworker and his father, Joe M. Lockhart, began his career as a lineworker. Now, Joe M.T. Lockhart, 32, is a journeyman lineworker at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. 

Finding several generations of lineworkers in one family isn’t rare. Bluebonnet employs 118 lineworkers who restore power and help maintain more than 12,800 miles of power lines, and of those, 18 are following in their father’s — or grandfather’s or father-in-law’s — bootsteps.

“It’s an act of service that fosters a sense of pride and connection,” said Joe M.T. Lockhart,  who works out of Bluebonnet’s Maxwell service center in Caldwell County. 

The work is complicated and dangerous, and, as with police, firefighters and other first responders, line work can become part of who you are. Not many can do it. Communities and rural residents cannot function without the work of people who build, repair and protect the power lines that snake across Bluebonnet’s 3,800-square-mile service area. The lineworkers keep electricity flowing  to homes and grocery stores, farms and hospital emergency rooms, small shops and big factories.

Joe Lockhart tattoo
Joe M.T. Lockhart is proud of his lineworker heritage, sporting a tattoo on his right forearm that reads ‘Lineman 4th Gen.’

Still, the Lockhart family history is remarkable. In a rapidly changing world where fewer and fewer children step into their parents’ professions, four generations in the same challenging career is unusual. The Lockharts also reflect not just one family’s work, but that of the thousands of men and women, companies and politicians who brought electric power to Texas.

The story has played out for more than a century, beginning during World War I with a man named Foster Boone “Tom” Womack, skipping a generation and continuing through three generations of Lockharts, each named Joe.

The fourth generation: 
Joe M.T. Lockhart

As a child, Joe M.T. Lockhart would occasionally go to work with his dad. At age 6, he saw his father on the equipment loading dock as a lineworker. When he was 11, he watched his dad in a control center of  Texas Power & Light as power lines were monitored and crews dispatched where needed.

Joe M.T. was 21 and working in the kitchen of the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, an arena for sports, concerts and shows about 20 miles north of Austin, when he got the call. Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative, based in McGregor, wanted him in for an interview. He immediately told his supervisor, “Man, I’ve got to go. My dream job just called.” 

He accepted the job the day after his interview. 

Joe M.T. started linework at Heart of Texas in 2013, then spent four years with Nueces Electric Cooperative near the Texas Gulf Coast. After that, he worked for private power-line contracting companies until 2021, when he joined Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s apprentice lineworker program.

He completed training and received his journeyman lineworker certification from the Department of Labor in 2022. 

On good days, Joe M.T. repairs streetlights and installs new meters and transformers. He connects new service and repairs electric equipment on Bluebonnet’s system. On bad days — when the weather is raging, wind is blowing and outages are occurring — he and other lineworkers brave harsh conditions to inspect lines and equipment, identifying and addressing issues to restore power to the cooperative’s members.  

The work is more than just a family legacy. It’s about community, and one story in particular illustrates that. 

He was working at Nueces Electric Cooperative, based in Robstown east of Corpus Christi, when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August 2017. It is one of many major storms Joe M.T. has worked over the years.

At the end of one 16-hour shift, he and co-worker Robert Vasquez had just finished restoring power to about 100 people on a county road in Orange Grove, 36 miles west of Corpus Christi. “As we were coming down this county road, all the cars had stopped and there were about 40 people on the road, blocking our way out,” Joe M.T. recalled. 

The two men were worried that they were about to confront a mob of people angry because they had been without electricity for four days. “We slowly get out of the truck, thinking, ‘What’s about to happen to us?’ ” But to Lockhart’s and Vasquez’s surprise, they were met with water, brisket sandwiches, chips and smiles. 

“They gave us their last food and water because we had just gotten their lights back on, and they didn’t let us leave until we finished,” Joe M.T. said. “It made me feel very special. These people just wanted to thank us. That was a big deal.” 

Joe M.T. carried that connection to community with him when he joined Bluebonnet. He  lives in San Marcos with his 10-year-old daughter, Faith. His parents, Cissy and Joe M. Lockhart, stay with Faith when her father is at work. Joe M.T. Lockhart’s parents understand the demands of the job, because his father worked at electric utilities for 39 years. 

The third generation: 
Joe M. Lockhart

Joe M. Lockhart in an undated photo
Joe M. Lockhart, in 1994 when he worked for Texas Power & Light, based in Irving. Family photo

Cissy Lockhart, 64, remembers meeting Joe M. Lockhart in Bedford, 24 miles west of Dallas, in 1985. Joe M. was working for an electrical contractor. “He fell madly in love with me,” she said. Joe M. wanted to marry Cissy right away, but she told him he was crazy and needed to give it a year. So he did. 

The couple married in 1986.

At the time, Joe M. was early in his lineworker training, and “line work was all he talked about,” even talking about it in his sleep, she said.  

“His father talked about it when they got together,” she said. “It’s just part of their DNA.”

Joe M. became a lineworker in 1985 at Texas Power & Light — now a part of Oncor, an investor-owned electric provider based in Irving. Over time he became a dispatcher, then supervisor of the West Distribution Operations Center. Eventually, he became a district manager for Johnson City-based Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest electric cooperative in the United States. He retired in 2022, at 58 years old. He and Cissy now live in Spring Branch, west of San Marcos. 

In his time, Joe M. saw advancements in personal protective equipment, fire-retardant clothing, and the shift away from manual and corded tools. But it remained — and remains — tough work.

“You could just about bet by the time a lineman hit his mid-to-late 40s, his shoulders were going to be gone, his elbows were going to be gone and his knees were going to be gone,” he said.

Some aspects of linework remain timeless: stringing power lines, positioning poles and restoring power in the wake of outages. “You still have to plan,” Joe M. emphasized, stressing the unchanged importance of preparation and foresight in the trade.

He learned it from his dad, Joe P. Lockhart, the second generation to carry on the family legacy. 

The second generation: 
Joe P. Lockhart

Joe P. Lockhart
Joe P. Lockhart died in 1999 at age 59.

Joe P. Lockhart started as a lineworker in 1957 at Texas Power & Light and spent 35 years with the company. He was an assistant superintendent in Tyler from 1969 to 1971, superintendent in Hillsboro from 1971 to 1976, and then held jobs in Waxahachie and Euless from 1976 to 1985. 

Joe P. Lockhart
Joe P. Lockhart, left, walks with a colleague in downtown Waco in the 1950s.  Family photo

Before he retired in 1992, he was the fleet manager for Texas Power & Light’s eastern region in Tyler. He passed away in 1999, at 59, in Tyler.

Service came naturally to his household. While Joe P. did linework and volunteered in the community, his wife, Kathryn, was an occupational therapist helping mentally disabled adults. 

The couple had three children, all of whom would find jobs centered on helping people.

At home, father and son liked to duck hunt together, but Joe M. also got to go to work with his dad. 

At that time, lineworkers still mostly scaled poles the hard way, digging spurs into the wood and climbing.

Joe M. recalls the moment, sometime around 1971, when his father, who by then was overseeing all lineworkers at Texas Power & Light in Hillsboro, brought home a new piece of equipment — one of the company’s first bucket trucks. 

“They set it up in the middle of the street. We got in the bucket, and I figured out real quick that that was pretty fun,” Joe M. said, likening it to a carnival ride. 

Bucket trucks marked a turning point in linework, heralding a new era of efficiency and safety. And the one parked on Joe P. Lockhart’s street more than 50 years ago helped give rise to his son’s career, continuing the legacy started by his grandfather-in-law Foster Boone “Tom” Womack. 

The first generation: 
Foster Boone ‘Tom’ Womack

In 1917, electric lines were just creeping into major Texas cities, often constructed by the military to power streetlights.  

After serving in the Army during the Spanish-American War, Foster Boone “Tom” Womack got a job building power lines at Camp MacArthur in Waco, a military training facility created for World War I. The sprawling camp closed down after the war in March 1919, but the power lines Womack built laid the groundwork for Waco’s electric system. 

Womack’s daughter, Mary Billon Womack White, told later generations some details of her father’s work. Tom Womack went on to become an engineer, helping design a power plant in Robstown, according to family records. 

In the mid-1930s, the Rural Electrification Act unleashed millions of dollars in federal loan guarantees, and power lines began stretching into the rural reaches of Texas. Within a decade, cooperatives, including Bluebonnet, were formed to get power to communities where private utilities saw little chance for profits.

Back then, a house was typically wired for a few appliances, and one overhead light and outlet per room.

Womack passed away in 1938 in Waco. At some point in his career, he started electrical contracting work, wiring Waco homes for electricity for the first time. “My grandmother said these people used to think the house was on fire because of all the light,” Joe M. said. “They weren’t used to that.”

Mary also remembered some unique memorabilia, including the metal hooks her father attached to his shoes to climb poles. Little did she know that the next iteration of these tools would resurface in the hands of her son-in-law, Joe P. Lockhart, bridging the gap between past and present as key to the family tradition of line work. 

The evolution and allure of line work

Work on power lines demands a unique blend of physical prowess and technical expertise, and constant attention to life-threatening hazards. Over the years that the Lockharts have been tending the lines, some traditional tools, like Klein Tools’ lineman’s pliers and Super 33+ electrical tape are still in use. 

Lineworkers have come to rely on specialized equipment to ensure their safety. This includes fire-retardant clothing, fiberglass tools designed for electric work and battery-powered drills that replaced manual and corded drills. 

Hydraulic machines have replaced spears for drilling holes for power poles, further enhancing efficiency while keeping workers safe.

Training and equipment have improved, but lineworkers still must prioritize safety and focus on details to keep them and their coworkers safe.

“It’s a dangerous job and it’s not for everyone,” said Joe M. Lockhart, whose father always told him to “be careful.” That simple, gentle reminder of the challenges of line work is one that has been repeated hundreds – perhaps thousands – of times in the Lockhart family, from generation to generation.


Trevor Eckert, left, started as a Bluebonnet lineworker in 2020. Johnnie Eckert, right, is pictured in 2003.

Johnnie and Trevor Eckert

Father: Johnnie Eckert, 64

Lives in: Brenham

Years at Bluebonnet: 2000-2020

Previously: Journeyman lineworker

“I had been wanting to start working at the cooperative for a while, but I didn’t want to leave my work with my dad. So when he sold the business, I knew it was time to go to Bluebonnet. I enjoyed being a lineman and learning all I could in my time there.”

Son: Trevor Eckert, 35

Lives in: Brenham

Years at Bluebonnet: 2020-present

Currently: Journeyman lineworker

Previously: Seven years as lineworker for the city of Brenham

“I knew that it was in my blood. I knew what the reward was, as well as the sacrifices.”
Bubba and Trey Townsend
Trey Townsend, left, and his dad, Bubba.

Bubba and Trey Townsend

Father: Bubba Townsend, 52

Lives in: Bastrop

Previously: General electrician helper in high school, worked two years at Bluebonnet; lineworker crew supervisor for Austin Energy; lineworker crew supervisor for city of Bastrop

Years at Bluebonnet: 2022-present

Currently: Lineworker crew supervisor

Son: Trey Townsend, 23

Lives in: Rockne

Years at Bluebonnet: 2019-present

Currently: Apprentice lineworker

Previously: Worked on a ranch in Bastrop

“I would tell (would-be lineworkers) what my dad told me when I said I wanted to do this work: You have to be willing to work hard, but it is a very rewarding career. It is great to be able to see a problem through until the lights are back on for members.”
bittner kasper
Monroe Bittner, left, died at age 80 in 2013. Larry Bittner, center, shown in 2006. Kyle Kasper, right, started at Bluebonnet in 2005.

Monroe Bittner, Larry Bittner
and Kyle Kasper

Father: Monroe Bittner, died at 80 in 2013

Worked in: Giddings

Years at Bluebonnet: 1957-1993

Worked as: Journeyman lineworker

Previously: Built telephone lines for U.S. Army

Son: Larry Bittner, 63

Lives in: Giddings

Years at Bluebonnet: 1978-2022

Previously: Journeyman lineworker

“My dad taught me the most out of anyone at Bluebonnet. I worked with him as a helper from a young age. He taught me how to climb on a pole outside of our house.”

Son-in-law: Kyle Kasper, 40

Lives in: Giddings

Years at Bluebonnet: 2005-present

Currently: Lineworker crew supervisor

Previously: Member of Bluebonnet’s first class of apprentice lineworkers

“Larry has taught me how to manage the time away from family, the sacrifices your family has to make because of your job, and how to be there for them. I got pretty lucky with a wife who understands the nature of the job.”
Izaac and Ernest Estrada
Ernest Estrada, right, became a Bluebonnet lineworker in 2010. His son, Izaac, joined Bluebonnet in 2023.

Ernest and Izaac Estrada

Father: Ernest Estrada, 45

Lives in: Gonzales  

Years at Bluebonnet: 2010-present

Currently: Contractor inspector

Previously: Lineworker crew supervisor, electrician

“When I joined Bluebonnet, I knew I would be home almost every night. My boys could count on that.”

Son: Izaac Estrada, 24

Lives in: Gonzales  

Years at Bluebonnet: 2023-present

Currently: Apprentice lineworker

Previously: Army Reserves

“You have to sacrifice being comfortable. When it is hot, cold, raining, snowing, or any other kind of bad weather, the linemen are out in it.”
Walter Urban, left, around 1944. His son, Vernon Urban, center, worked alongside him for Lower Colorado River Electric Cooperative, which became Bluebonnet in 1965. Garett Urban, right.

Walter, Vernon and Garett Urban

Great-grandfather: Walter Urban, died at 62 in 1965

Lived in: Giddings    

Years at Lower Colorado River Electric Cooperative (the co-op's name before it was Bluebonnet): 1939-early ’50s

Worked as: Lineworker

Grandfather: Vernon Urban, died at 42 in 1966

Years at LCREC (Bluebonnet): Mid-1940s-early 1950s

Lived in: Giddings    

Worked as: Lineworker

Lineage: His son, Gene Urban, 66, has worked at Bluebonnet for 33 years, and today is the cooperative’s manager of facilities

Great-grandson: Garett Urban, 36

Lineage: Gene’s son, Vernon's grandson and Walter’s great-grandson

Lives in: Giddings  

Years at Bluebonnet: 2020-present

Currently: Journeyman lineworker

“It is a great trade to learn, and the field is ever-growing. It’s rewarding when you can get members’ power restored during a storm, but it is also a challenge. You have to be willing to work hard in bad weather.”
David, Douglas and Tyler Grimm
Douglas Grimm, left, and his nephew Tyler Grimm. Douglas holds a photo of his father, David, who died in 2020.

David, Douglas and Tyler Grimm

Father/grandfather: David Grimm, died at 67 in 2020

Lived in: Lincoln

Years at Bluebonnet: 1973-2020

Worked as: Lineworker crew supervisor, right-of-way superintendent

Son: Douglas Grimm, 42

Lives in: Lexington

Years at Bluebonnet: 2001-present

Currently: Contractor inspector

Previously: Lineworker crew supervisor

Grandson/nephew: Tyler Grimm, 25 (Douglas’ nephew and David’s grandson)

Lives in: Giddings

Years at Bluebonnet: 2022-present

Currently: Apprentice lineworker  

“My grandfather taught me a lot about taking my time with a job. He showed a lot of patience and persistence when teaching me stuff when I was younger. That showed me how I needed to approach line work and the other linemen I work with. My uncle has taught me that you will learn something new every day, and to never stop learning.”
Kenneth Saegert, right, has worked in the electric distribution industry more than 30 years. His son, Tucker, left, joined Bluebonnet in 2022.

Kenneth and Tucker Saegert

Father: Kenneth Saegert, 52

Lives in: Elgin

Previously: Lineworker at Bluebonnet for two years in the early 1990s; worked at Austin Energy for 29 years, retired

Currently: Returned to work at Austin Energy in 2021, inspecting poles

Son: Tucker Saegert, 19

Lives in: Elgin

Previously: Manager of a Bastrop barbecue restaurant

Years at Bluebonnet: 2022-present

Currently: Apprentice lineworker

“I worried about my dad when he was gone when I was younger, but knowing the guys around him were going to make sure he got home safely made those worries go away as I got older.”
Lloyd Catchings and Joseph Carrillo
Lloyd Catchings, left, and his grandson Joseph Carrillo, had a snapshot taken together following Hurricane Laura in 2020. They were helping restore power for different companies, but were working in the same area. Family photo

Lloyd Catchings and Joseph Carrillo

Grandfather: Lloyd Catchings, 73

Lives in: Bastrop County

Previously: Began working at electric utilities in 1968; lineworker at LCRA; lineworker and lineworker crew supervisor at Austin Energy; retired in 2023

Grandson: Joseph Carrillo, 31

Lives in: Cedar Creek

Years at Bluebonnet: 2022-present

Currently: Journeyman lineworker

Previously: In the electric utility business since 2011; power-line contract companies

“Being a lineman will teach you a lot about yourself and the things you can accomplish, both mentally and physically. My grandfather taught me to approach a job by breaking it down into steps, and to look for the safest way possible to complete a job.”
Dean Meinke, right, has worked at Bluebonnet 37 years. His son Colton, left, started at Bluebonnet in 2016.

Dean and Colton Meinke

Father: Dean Meinke, 61

Lives in: Ledbetter  

Years at Bluebonnet: 1983-2020 (full-time, started as lineworker), 2021-present (part-time)

Worked as: Lineworker crew supervisor, maintenance supervisor, other positions

Currently: Part-time maintenance specialist

Son: Colton Meinke, 31

Lives in: Ledbetter  

Years at Bluebonnet: 2016-present

Currently: Substation technician; assists lineworkers with power restoration

Previously: Control center operator  

“I’ve learned a lot from my dad, from names of parts to field lingo, how things work and their purpose. I call him a lot of times to get his reassurance that I’m doing things right.”
H.J. ‘Jim’ Tobola, upper right, was, above from left, the father of David Tobola, the grandfather of Austin and Dalton and the father of Joey. His son James, middle right, and son-in-law, Phillip Ellis, lower right.

Jim, David, Joey, James, Dalton and Austin Tobola, Phillip Ellis

Father: Jim Tobola, died at 74 in 2022

Lived in: Giddings      

Experience: 55 years at power-line construction contractors; majority on Bluebonnet's electric system

Previously: Built communications lines for the U.S. Army

Son: David Tobola, 48

Lives in: Giddings    

Years at Bluebonnet: 2002-present

Worked as: Journeyman lineworker, lineworker crew supervisor, field operations superintendent

Currently: Manager of field operations

“The best part about this job is the bonds we have with everyone. They aren’t just co-workers, they are family.”

Son: Joey Tobola, 45

Lives in: Bastrop   

Years at Bluebonnet: 2002-2014, 2019-present

Worked as: Journeyman lineworker, field operations superintendent

Currently: Manager of contractor operations

Previously: Lineworker and supervisor at power-line construction contractors

“My favorite part of line work is making something out of nothing and caring for power lines, equipment and people.”

Son: James Tobola, 51

Lives in: Bastrop

Currently: Lineworker crew supervisor at power-line construction contractors

Son-in-law: Phillip Ellis, 48

Lives in: Giddings   

Years at Bluebonnet: 2005-present

Worked as: Journeyman lineworker, substation and transmission supervisor

Currently: Manager of technical services

Grandson: Dalton Tobola, 24, James Tobola’s son

Lives in: Bastrop    

Years at Bluebonnet: 2024-present

Currently: Journeyman lineworker    

Previously: Five years at power-line construction contractors

“Being able to help a team of people working toward the goal of getting the power back on is the best part of line work.”

Grandson: Austin Tobola, 19, David Tobola’s son

Lives in: Giddings  

Currently: Lineworker at power-line construction contractors since 2023 high school graduation

Alton and Eric Sommerfield
Alton Sommerfield, left, began his line work career for the city of Brenham. His son, Eric, works for Bluebonnet. 

Alton and Eric Sommerfield

Father: Alton Sommerfield, 63

Lives in: Brenham

Currently: City of Brenham’s deputy general manager of utilities since 2020

Previously: Lineworker for the city of Brenham since 1979

Son: Eric Sommerfield, 35

Lives in: Brenham

Years at Bluebonnet: 2018-present

Currently: Lineworker crew supervisor in Brenham

Previously: Six years at power-line construction contractors

“When I started, my dad always reminded me to wear my gloves and other personal protective equipment. Now that I have a family, I see why he was so adamant about that.” 
Doug Schlemmer, left, a Bluebonnet lineworker for 32 years, with his son Jakob, who has been a lineworker for five years for Texas New Mexico Power. Above right, at the 2003 Texas Lineman's Rodeo in Seguin.

Doug and Jakob Schlemmer

Father: Doug Schlemmer, 57

Lives in: La Grange

Years at Bluebonnet: 1984-2006; 2014-present

Currently: Contractor inspector

Previously: Meter reader, line-design technician, lineworker crew supervisor

“I tried to teach him to be safe. Something I always told him is that he should come home the way he left. And that he should always check these three things: hard hat, gloves and ground chains. I still worry about him every day, though.”

Son: Jakob Schlemmer, 24

Currently: Journeyman lineworker for Texas New Mexico PowerPreviously: Lineworker helper at Bluebonnet

Billy and John Matejcek
Bill Matejcek, left, and his son, John, both pursued careers in line work.

Bill and John Matejcek

Father: Bill Matejcek, 69

Lives in: Giddings  

Years at Bluebonnet: 1982-1995

Worked as: Lineworker, manager of safety

After: Ten years at power-line construction contractors

“If you want to become a lineman, make sure you go to a good company that cares about their employees, that is very safety-oriented, like Bluebonnet, and learn from them."

Son: John Matejcek, 45

Lives in: Giddings  

Years at Bluebonnet: 2005-present

Works as: Journeyman lineworker

Previously: Eight years at power-line construction contractors

“What made my dad a good lineman was his patience in teaching someone who had no idea about the job. You have to do the job safely. That's the priority. So everybody goes home at night.”
Stephen and Doug Braneff
Stephen, left, is one of four Braneff sons who followed their father Doug into the electric distribution industry.


Doug and Stephen Braneff

Father: Doug Braneff, 76

Lives in: Bastrop    

Years at Bluebonnet: 1985-2006

Worked as: Lineworker crew supervisor, superintendent of operations

Previously and after: 33 years at power-line construction companies

"Even with all the safety practices, there are still elements out there that can be dangerous. A lot of people say you’re not your brother’s keeper, but whenever you’re on a line crew, you are your brother’s keeper.”

Son: Stephen Braneff, 34

Lives in: Bastrop  

Years at Bluebonnet: 2023-present

Works as: Apprentice lineworker

Previously: 14 years as a lineworker at power-line construction contractors

“You sacrifice your time away from your family to ensure everyone has power, and as a lineman, there's no greater feeling than to get somebody's lights on who's been without power.”


Bluebonnet’s lineworker internship program

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative offers lineworker internships to hire and train the next generation of employees to master the difficult job.

The intern program began in 2018 and focuses on hiring local candidates, including recent high school graduates. The program starts with six months of classroom instruction and field observation at Bluebonnet.

There is a strong emphasis on safety, which is of utmost importance at the cooperative. Interns receive technical instruction about line work, earn climbing certifications and obtain commercial driver’s licenses.

After that, they start as apprentices, training in the field alongside journeyman lineworkers. After four years — 672 hours of technical instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning — interns who successfully complete the program can become U.S. Department of Labor-certified journeyman lineworkers.

The program is part of the cooperative’s investment in the communities it serves. It also allows Bluebonnet to continue providing safe, reliable electricity to its members, now and in the future.

Watch and the cooperative’s social media for information about applications and when they will be accepted. For more information about the cooperative’s lineworker training program, go to

Thank a lineworker

National Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 8. It is a chance to thank the men and women who work day and night, 365 days a year, to build, restore and maintain the nation’s — and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s — power supply system.

Electric cooperatives observe the second Monday in April as National Lineworker Appreciation Day, after a 2014 decision by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Check Bluebonnet’s social media on April 8 for a video tribute to lineworkers, describing the qualities and skills their jobs entail. You can help us thank the cooperative’s lineworkers by leaving a comment on our video or by sending us a private message.