Texas Railroad Commission Elects New Chair

The Texas Railroad Commission elected a new chair Tuesday.

Christi Craddick (File)

AUSTIN (August 12, 2014) The Texas Railroad Commission unanimously elected Commissioner Christi Craddick as chairwoman Tuesday in Austin.

Craddick, who was born in Midland, was elected to the three-member oil and gas regulatory panel in November 2012.

The next month the Austin oil and gas attorney was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to fill the opening created by Commissioner Buddy Garcia's resignation.

Craddick, who campaigned against overregulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, began her own six-year term in January 2013.

“It is imperative that we work in a concerted effort to solve the important issues we are seeing today; including water conservation, further infrastructure development, integration of industry best practices within our rules, and continued education of the public about the energy industry’s presence in our communities,” Craddick said.

“I will work to bring all parties together to raise the bar for policies that aid in the positive growth of this state.

Craddick replaces Barry Smitherman as head of the commission.

Her father is former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick.

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