Two Republicans to face off in runoff for Texas Railroad Commissioner

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square

Two Republicans are heading to a May 24 runoff election for Texas Railroad Commissioner, incumbent chairman Wayne Christian, and industry attorney Sarah Stogner.

Stogner made waves as the first candidate to ever ride a jack pump like a bull wearing only her underwear and boots.

The Texas Railroad Commission, Texas’ oldest regulatory agency founded in 1891, was initially created to oversee the railroad industry. Now it oversees the most important industry in the largest oil-producing state in the U.S.: the $7 trillion Texas energy industry.

It has both state and federal regulatory and enforcement responsibilities. It regulates the industries of oil and natural gas, pipelines, coal, and uranium surface mining operations.

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