Vol 31, Issue 46 Print Issue

Sitton Releases Endorsements in Railroad Commission Bid

Ryan Sitton, the Republican nominee in the 2014 race for Texas railroad commissioner.
Ryan Sitton, the Republican nominee in the 2014 race for Texas railroad commissioner.

Ryan Sitton on Tuesday released a long list of endorsements, including investing giant T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management; Steve Hotze, founder of Conservative Republicans of Texas; and former GOP gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams, chairman of Clayton Williams Energy.

“Ryan Sitton has built a successful energy engineering business from the ground up," Hotze said in a statement. "He understands that a thriving oil and gas industry is not only good for Texas but also good for America.”

Earlier this month, Sitton’s campaign reported having nearly $1.28 million cash on hand — more than any of his competitors — though that total included a $1 million loan issued on the last day of the reporting period. The oil and gas engineer reported raising more than $348,000 over the period, which stretches back to July.

Sitton faces primary challenges from former state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center; Malachi Boyuls, an oil and gas investor; and oil and gas engineer Becky Berger.

Here is the full list of endorsements Sitton’s campaign circulated:

  • Steve Hotze, founder, Conservative Republicans of Texas
  • Terry Towry, The Link Letter, What’s Up Radio host
  • Mark Ellis, CEO, Linn Energy 
  • Rich Kinder, CEO, Kinder Morgan Energy
  • Clayton Williams, Chairman, Clayton Williams Energy
  • Ned Holmes, CEO, Prosperity Bancshares, Houston “C” Club
  • T. Boone Pickens, Chairman, BP Capital Management
  • Carolyn Hodges, Past President Texas Federation of Republican Women
  • Frank Burke, CEO, Brigadier Oil
  • Tony Pelletier, CEO, Alamo Resources
  • Kenny Koncaba, CEO Texan Bank
  • Don Jordan, Former CEO, Reliant Energy
  • Joe Swinbank, CEO, Sprint Services
  • Artemio Muniz, President, Federation of Hispanic Republicans
  • Trey Lary, Allen, Boone, Humphries, and Robison, LLP
  • Maura Thomas, Founder, Regain Your Time, Inc.
  • Les Ballard, Ballard Exploration and Production
  • John Schiller, CEO, Energy XXI
  • Brad Boney, Member, Houston Realty Business Coalition
  • Victor Leal, Owner, Leal’s Restaurant
  • Juandelle Lacy, Past President, Midland Republican Women
  • Marisa Smith, Austin Republican Women
  • Heidi Thiess, State and National Tea Party Leader, Conservative Radio Host, and Cityof League City Council Member
  • Chad McNair, CEO, Aspen Beverages
  • Johnny Isbell, Mayor of Pasadena, Apache Oil
  • Leslie Brummer, Texas Federation of Republican Women State Board of Directors
  • Kaye Moreno, Texas Federation of Republican Women, Regional President
  • Linda Kinney, Dripping Springs, State Republican Executive Committee Member for SD 25, 2012 RPT Delegate, 2012 RNC Delegate
  • Kinnan Goleman, President, KG Strategies
  • James Barnes, State Republican Executive Committee Member SD 19, 2012 RPT Delegate
  • Paul Bracher, President, Frost Bank
  • Don Sparks, CEO, Discovery Operating
  • Quentin Baker, CEO, Baker Risk