Statement from Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton on Sunset Staff Report Released Today

April 29, 2016

AUSTIN – The following is a statement from Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton on today’s release of the Sunset staff's report on the Railroad Commission of Texas: 

"I appreciate the work of the Sunset Commission staff. Their report has some constructive recommendations, and we all agree that the Railroad Commission needs to provide excellent service to the people of the state of Texas and the industry we regulate. As the next phase of this process begins, I look forward to working with members of the Sunset Commission and the Legislature to ensure that our agency is exceeding expectations and doing the kind of job everyone in Texas can be proud of.  The Sunset staff report and our agency's response are the beginning of an important process that I'm confident will make this agency more efficient and effective."

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.

About the Railroad Commission:
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