Statement from Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton on recent Cabinet Announcements

December 13, 2016

AUSTIN—Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton’s statement on recent Cabinet announcements is below: 

“I applaud President-Elect Trump’s selection of two great Texans to serve in his cabinet. Rex Tillerson and Gov. Rick Perry are universally known in the energy industry and both understand the importance of oil and gas to Texas’ economy. 

"Tillerson and Perry will advance American energy security and prioritize American energy development. These picks make clear that President-Elect Trump recognizes our energy potential and will pave the way for important energy decisions, whether that be expeditious approval for interstate energy infrastructure or trade deals with nations who need American energy.  

"I want to congratulate Rex Tillerson and Gov. Perry on their selection and commend President-Elect Trump for seeing the value of two hard-working, down-to-earth Texans who will without a doubt Make America Great Again.” 

Ryan Sitton was elected to the Railroad Commission in 2014 and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. Sitton is one of the world’s leading energy experts and founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. As Railroad Commissioner, Sitton is working to make the Commission more efficient and effective so Texas can lead America to energy independence.


About the Railroad Commission:
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. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit