Political newcomer Jim Wright proved the point in a stunning primary upset Tuesday for a seat on the Railroad Commission regulating the oil and gas industry. The rancher and former bull rider trounced Republican incumbent Commissioner Ryan Sitton, who had has amassed over $2.2 million in his campaign coffers.
The Railroad Commission of Texas
The Railroad Commission of Texas (TXRRC) is the oldest regulatory agency in the state and one of the oldest in the country. Despite its name, the TXRRC no longer regulates railroads.
The TXRRC is the state agency responsible for regulating the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, surface mining, pipeline safety, gas utilities, liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) safety, and propane marketing in Texas.
Commissioners meet in an open-meeting Conference twice a month and work to ensure that Texas energy resources are produced responsibly.