Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Christi Craddick to the Railroad Commission of Texas effective Dec. 17, 2012. Commissioner Craddick will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Buddy Garcia, who tendered his Resignation on December 5th, effective on Friday, Dec. 7th, saying …
“It has been my privilege to serve the State of Texas for the last 22 years, and I appreciate Gov. Perry’s continued confidence to have appointed me to such crucial and relevant regulatory roles.
“It has been a pleasure to work most recently with Chairman Smitherman, I congratulate Commissioner-elect Christi Craddick and offer her and the Railroad Commission my best wishes.”
Craddick will serve an appointed term through the end of 2012, and begin serving a 6-year term as an elected Railroad Commissioner on Jan. 1, 2013.
Craddick received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Earlier this year, during an exclusive interview, Craddick told Insider’s Jim Cardle,
“Most Texans know the Railroad Commission has absolutely nothing to do with railroads anymore, and everything to do with oil & gas,” said then Republican candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, Christi Craddick.
“When you to talk to people & leaders in the industry today, frankly what they want is for the Railroad Commission to not be the EPA, or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They want to make sure Texas allows them to continue to be able to create jobs.”