Democratic Candidates for Texas Railroad Commissioner
The Texas Railroad Commission is a state executive agency in the Texas state government. Despite its name, the commission does not regulate railroads but instead oversees the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining. Historically, the railroad commission has been a very powerful office. OPEC, the Middle Eastern oil cartel, was originally modeled in part on the commission. The agency has also been a launching pad to higher office. Commissioners are elected to six-year staggered terms with one commissioner up for election every two years.