Christi Craddick will start serving earlier than expected on the Railroad Commission of Texas, which regulates the oil and gas industry in this state. In November, Texas voters chose Craddick, an Austin lawyer, to serve on the commission starting Jan. 1, 2013. Then, on Dec. 12, Gov. Rick Perry announced that he was appointing Craddick, effective Dec. 17, to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Railroad Commissioner Buddy Garcia.
In an emailed statement issued through a spokesperson, Craddick, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, writes in part: “I am eager to get to work ensuring the Texas energy industry continues to be a job creator and growing our Texas economy. I am ready to get to work for the people of Texas.”
Craddick’s campaign website lists the Midland native’s experience as “a small business owner and attorney specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.” It notes that, from 2002 to 2011, she “served as the chief political and legal advisor” to then-Texas Speaker of the House, Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland). He is her father.
Also on her campaign website, Craddick promises that when she serves on the Railroad Commission, she “will stand against Washington’s misguided energy policies that threaten Texas jobs and our nation's energy security.”
-- Miriam Rozen