Railroad Commissioners Choose New Executive Director


AUSTIN –– Texas Railroad Commissioners today appointed Milton Rister as the new executive director for Texas’ top energy regulatory agency. His effective first day of employment will be Oct. 1.

Rister comes from Gov. Rick Perry’s office, where he has served as Director for Administration since 2010. Prior to serving in the Governor’s Office, Rister worked as Executive Director for the Texas Legislative Council from 2006 to 2009, and he also served as a senior advisor for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in 2005.

RRC Chairman Barry Smitherman said, “As the Railroad Commission undergoes a second round of Sunset Review, and as our agency enters a new Legislative session next year, Mr. Rister’s comprehensive experience and background in working with our state’s top elected officials and the Legislature will be invaluable.”

Commissioner David Porter said, “The Railroad Commission is a global leader in energy regulation and has almost 100 years of experience in protecting the environment and public safety. I look forward to working with Mr. Rister to help continue to enhance the Commission’s expertise in regulating our robust oil and gas industry.”

Commissioner Buddy Garcia said, “As someone who has also had the privilege to serve at several state agencies, I believe Mr. Rister’s experience and perspective will serve the Railroad Commission well. I am confident Milton will be an asset as this agency continues to demonstrate that regulation at the state level is the best model for balancing the development of domestic energy with protecting public safety and the environment.”


About the Railroad Commission

Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including more than 90 years regulating the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the Commission promotes research and education on the use of alternative fuels and has jurisdiction over gas utility, surface mining and pipeline industries. Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/.