Commissioner Sitton Testifies in Favor of RRC Name Change Legislation


AUSTIN – Commissioner Ryan Sitton today testified before the House Committee on Energy Resources on HJR 76, to rename the Railroad Commission of Texas. HJR 76 by Rep. Larry Phillips (HD 62) proposes a constitutional amendment changing the Commission’s name to the Texas Energy Commission. Commissioner Sitton supports renaming the Commission to better communicate to Texans the agency’s role in regulating the state’s oil and gas industry.

“In the interest of transparency and good government, we ought to have an agency name that accurately reflects what we do.  It’s my job as a commissioner to give the people of Texas confidence in the way that oil and gas are being developed in our state, and this change would go a long way towards accomplishing that objective,” Commissioner Ryan Sitton said. “I appreciate Chairman Phillips offering common-sense legislation to change the name of the Railroad Commission to the Texas Energy Commission.  “As energy production in Texas has grown exponentially over the past few years, more and more Texans have questions and need to know who to call for answers – no one thinks to call the Railroad Commission when they have an energy question or concern,” concluded Sitton. 

Commissioner Sitton’s recent Op-Ed, “Agency Name Change Would Benefit Texans” can be found by clicking HERE.


Elected to the Railroad Commission Nov. 4, 2014 to a six-year term, Commissioner Ryan Sitton won the general election with over 58 percent of the vote. Sitton is a native Texan who grew up in the Irving area. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer. Following college, Ryan went to work as an engineer in the energy industry. In 2006 Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries.