What are the three main attributes that make you the most qualified for this position?
The Railroad Commission is a special type of state agency, known as a “quasi-judicial” agency. This means that the 3 commissioners sit as a type of tribunal. In their formal hearings they have evidence, objections, and briefs, just like a court. They hold contested case hearings. They exercise their authority by issuing rulings. This position is a fundamentally legal job.
I am an honors graduate of the Universityof Texas School of Law, former briefing attorney for the Chief Justice of the Austin Court of Appeals, former Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and I have 27 years of law practice experience.
What are the three main reasons you are running for this office? Do you see any potential conflicts of interest?
a. We must fight back against the Obama EPA’s irrational war on the Texas energy Industry. The Texas Railroad Commission is an underutilized resource in this battle against Washington D.C.
b. We must transform the RRC to bring it up to the level of modern business practices in terms of response time, customer service and efficiencies. Private entities that fail to provide the best products or services risk going out of business. Government agencies do not face such market pressures and we must elect leaders who strive to make government agencies accountable to all Texans.
c. We must return ethics to the Railroad Commission. The current Chairman has not operated the agency in a transparent and fiscally conservative manner
What differentiates you from your opponents?
I am the only candidate with strong legal credentials for this judicial-type position. I am not making false claims that wildly exaggerate my oil and gas experience. I am not trying to buy a public office, and I’m not running over and over again for different public offices. Most important I am running to accomplish big goals for the people of Texas, and the election is just a step in that process (not an end in itself).
What is the most important problem you see that needs to be addressed by the position your running for and what do you propose to solve it?
The Commission is undergoing its third Sunset review in 5 years. No major state agency has ever had this kind of institutional instability. We’ve got to simplify, focus, and complete the process.
Civic, Political or union organization or individuals to whom you have contributed (five years):
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, Texas Values, Texas State Rifle Association, Central Texas Republican Assembly, Texas Alliance for Life, Republican Party of Texas, Texas Republican Victory Fund, Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Michael McCaul for Congress, Friends of Randy Weber, Friends Of David Puryear, Travis County Republican Party, Sylvester Turner, Northwest Austin Republican Women, George P. Bush, Texans for Rick Perry, W. Kenneth Paxton, Dana F. Miller, Jose M. Lozano, Texans for Jason Villalba, Rick Galindo Campaign, Friends Of Ken Legler, Friends Of Barry Smitherman, Dan Huberty, Hispanic Republicans Of Texas, Larry D. Gonzales, Gilbert Peña, Dwayne A. Bohac, Robert D. Thomas, Republican Club Of Austin Political Action Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, Austin Bar Foundation, Texans For Dan Patrick, Texans For Greg Abbott, Jerry Patterson, Texans for Victor Carillo, Texans for John Davis, Sid Miller Campaign, Free Enterprise Institute, Austin Republican Women, Associated Republicans of Texas, Gary Elkins Campaign, Ted Cruz Campaign.
List all individuals/groups you have represented or lobbied for before any governmental entity during the past five years.
In my small firm law practice I advocate for clients in various ways; sometimes that includes representation before state agencies or the Legislature. To comply with the Government Code, I have registered as a lobbyist for those projects. The clients for those projects include: City of Austin; City of Missouri City; City of Stafford; Clear Lake City Water Authority; Concerned Homeowners of Pharaoh Valley; Houston NFL Holdings, LP; Houston Texans; Milagro Power Company; National Association of Mass Appraisal, Inc.; Palmetto Partners, Ltd.; and Texas Thoroughbred Association.