Governor Rick Perry appointed me on July 8, 2011 to the Texas Railroad Commission; I am filing for an unexpired term vacated by Michael Williams. I will be on the ballot in 2012, so my campaign is already underway. I am honored to serve as your Texas Railroad Commissioner, and I look forward to working together to address our state’s vital energy needs.
I have already been working to meet Texas’ need for reliable and competitively priced power for the past 7 years as a member of the Public Utility Commission – serving since 2007 as Chairman. At the PUC, I established myself as a strong, free-market conservative and proponent of a consistent and predictable regulatory environment. The move from the PUC to the RRC is simply an ‘up-stream’ move for me within the energy space.
The energy industry faces new issues in Texas and across the nation. I am prepared to lead the charge against a misguided federal administration bent on killing Texas jobs and threatening our nation’s energy security – something the EPA seems intent upon achieving. I’ll be fighting for a sensible energy policy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil from countries that hate us.
I am looking for partners in this fight for Texas.
Report: AUSTIN, Texas - Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman vowed to continue to vigorously campaign for election. This is Smitherman's first run for elected office, and he garnered an impressive 44.2% of the vote.… Read more
AUSTIN – Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman vowed to continue to vigorously campaign for election. This is Smitherman's first run for elected office, and he garnered an impressive 44.2% of the vote. Chairman Smitherman was short of the 50% mark and an outright victory.
Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman calls on Texans to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.
It has been an honor to meet so many great Texans as I’ve campaigned across our great state for the last nine months. My family and I have been humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign has received. If you, any of your friends, or family has yet to vote we need your help this Tuesday to ensure victory.
Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Five former Chairs of the Texas Railroad Commission today voice their support of Barry Smitherman as the best pick to lead the Texas Railroad Commission. “Barry Smitherman is the right choice to keep as Chairman of… Read more