FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              CONTACT: Rosemary Graber
July 20, 2015                                                                       


AUSTIN – Pledging to keep Texas a global economic leader in energy, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter today officially announced his intent to seek re-election for another term on the state’s energy panel.

“I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Railroad Commission, an agency where our work is vital to keeping Texas at the forefront of job creation and in helping guide America to energy independence,” said Chairman Porter, who was elected chairman last month. “I’m running for another term so that I can continue working with my fellow commissioners to provide conservative leadership and maintain a stable, predictable regulatory climate.”

Chairman Porter enters the 2016 campaign cycle in a strong financial position. For the most recent campaign finance report ending June 30, the Porter campaign raised more than $209,000 and reported $856,000 on hand. As of July 15, the campaign announced a bank balance of more than $1 million.

“I am honored by the strong support we have received to continue our fight against President Obama’s war against fossil fuels, and the radical environmental extremists that drive his agenda,” continued Commissioner Porter, who was first elected in 2010. “I will do everything in my ability to thwart their efforts, so the Texas economy can continue to grow with minimal fear of federal intervention.”

Commissioner Porter has built a strong record of principle-driven, conservative leadership since taking office. He has been appointed to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission as the Official Representative of Texas and currently serves as Second Vice-President of the organization. He is an advisory board member for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. He also served as the Official Representative on the Interstate Mining Compact Commission from 2011 to 2014.

Upon taking office in 2011, Porter created the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, the first of its kind at the Texas Railroad Commission. In 2013, Porter launched his Natural Gas Vehicle Initiative: a series of statewide events aimed to increase the demand for natural gas vehicles and refueling stations, as well as natural gas use in drilling operations, and in doing so, increase the demand for natural gas in Texas. In recognition of his foresight and leadership, Porter was named “Man of the Year” by The Oil & Gas Year, Eagle Ford, Texas 2013. He has also been recognized by Shale Oil & Gas Business Magazine and Unconventional Oil & Gas Magazine for his proactive efforts to implement policies that allow industry to safely, efficiently, and economically produce the energy that is needed to support Texans and the Texas economy.

Before taking office, Porter built a successful small business around his CPA practice in Midland, Texas, providing accounting and tax services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners, oil field service companies, and other small businesses and individuals.

Chairman Porter also announced key members of his campaign team, veterans of Texas politics with over 100 years of combined experience in working for Texas conservatives. The Porter team includes general consultant Kevin Brannon and media consultant Jeff Norwood; veteran Texas fundraisers Elizabeth Blakemore of Houston and Cynthia Wiedemann of Dallas; and Ryan Mauldin of Vici Media, who will handle digital strategy. The campaign has recently hired Rosemary Graber to serve as Campaign Director, and the campaign unveiled its official website at

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