AUSTIN (AP) — A former East Texas lawmaker has announced he will run for the Railroad Commission next year.
Wayne Christian said Monday that environmental regulations threaten to kill what he called the Texas miracle and make the state like California. The Texas Railroad Commission, despite its historic name, regulates the oil and gas industry.
Christian was first elected to the Texas House in 1997. The Republican from the town of Center built a reputation for fervent religious conservatism. He lost his legislative seat in the 2012 Republican primary.
Christian is one of five Republicans seeking to replace Barry Smitherman, who resigned to run for attorney general. The primary election is set for March 4.
So far no Democrat has announced a campaign for the post.