AUSTIN (September 9, 2013)--Former East Texas lawmaker Wayne Christian announced Monday he will run for the Railroad Commission next year.
Christian said environmental regulations threaten to kill what he called the Texas miracle and make the state like California.
The Texas Railroad Commission, despite its historic name, regulates the oil and gas industry.
Christian, of Center, was first elected to the Texas House in 1997.
The Republican built a reputation for fervent religious conservatism.
He lost his legislative seat in the 2012 Republican primary.
Christian is one of five Republicans seeking to replace Barry Smitherman, who isn't seeking another term, but instead is running for attorney general.
The primary is March 4.
So far no Democrat has announced for the post.