Tribpedia: Barry Smitherman

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Barry Smitherman is chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the board in April 2004. He was reappointed in September 2007, and the board elected him chairman in November 2007. 

Smitherman received a bachelor's degree in business at Texas A&M University, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of ...

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Gov. Rick Perry has said that a new federal proposal to cut carbon emissions is "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans."
Gov. Rick Perry has said that a new federal proposal to cut carbon emissions is "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans."

On Climate Rules, Regulators Look Beyond Litigation

Texas should not bank on legal action to free it from the Obama administration’s proposal to tackle climate change, two officials with state regulators said Friday at a Public Utility Commission workshop, during which state regulators, industry representatives and energy experts wrangled with the complexities of the EPA proposal and debated how Texas should proceed.

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman in his office on May 31, 2013.
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman in his office on May 31, 2013.

Analysis: Smitherman Lost, but Remains in the Game

Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman lost his bid for attorney general, but he remains an oil and gas regulator and has sought industry help retiring campaign debts and perhaps landing a job. The potential for conflict may turn heads, but it's not an unusual situation, and Smitherman supporters say he is an ethical operator.

In full campaign mode Texas candidate for Attorney General Barry Smitherman tells the audience why he believes he'd make a good AG during a campaign stop at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex in Houston on Nov. 19, 2013.
In full campaign mode Texas candidate for Attorney General Barry Smitherman tells the audience why he believes he'd make a good AG during a campaign stop at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex in Houston on Nov. 19, 2013.

Smitherman Chides Paxton Supporters for Personal Attack

At the Bexar County Republican Women's luncheon on Friday, attorney general candidate Barry Smitherman went after supporters of an opposing campaign for making personal attacks against his wife.

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, are in a runoff for attorney general.
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, are in a runoff for attorney general.

Stimulus Fund Allegations Spice Up AG Race

President Obama has been a frequent target for the candidates in the Republican race for Texas attorney general. Now the campaigns for two of those candidates — state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton — are accusing each other of benefiting from the president's 2009 stimulus package. Those are fighting words in a Republican primary in Texas.

GOP attorney general candidates from left to right: Ken Paxton, Dan Branch, Barry Smitherman.
GOP attorney general candidates from left to right: Ken Paxton, Dan Branch, Barry Smitherman.

Primary Race for Attorney General Slowly Taking Shape

The spotlight has already begun to shine on the governor’s race, in which Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, are expected to battle. But with less than three months before early voting starts in the primary, the race to succeed Abbott has not caught the general public’s eye.

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford.

Abbott Proposes Far-Reaching Ethics Reform

Ethics watchdogs are applauding gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott for proposing what would amount to a sea change in Texas ethics laws. The attorney general has introduced a policy proposal that would institute new criminal penalties for self-dealing and put more sunlight into disclosure and campaign finance laws.

Traffic congestion on Interstate 35 in Austin. The freeway through central Austin is among the state's most congested road segments, according to a TxDOT study.
Traffic congestion on Interstate 35 in Austin. The freeway through central Austin is among the state's most congested road segments, according to a TxDOT study.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Nov. 5, 2013

Your evening reading: toll road swap floated for Austin; Texas Supreme Court hears same-sex divorce cases; new poll shows Abbott with commanding lead

Chairman Barry Smitherman of the Railroad Commission of Texas in his office, May 31, 2013.
Chairman Barry Smitherman of the Railroad Commission of Texas in his office, May 31, 2013.

Measuring Attorney General Candidates on Smart Meters

Texas Weekly

Unlike their counterparts in the lieutenant governor’s race, the Republicans vying to be the state’s next attorney general have largely refrained from drawing any knives in public. But following a recent spat in the conservative blogosphere, they're coming out around the issue of smart meters.

Sometimes, It's Hard to Make a Good Political Bet

Political donors, endorsers and activists like to pick the winners, to be the early backers of the candidates who go on to become officeholders. They’ve grown accustomed to the certainty and comfort of a Republican state ticket full of incumbents. All of the competition this political season is disquieting.

The Texas Railroad Commission, comprised of Chairman Barry T. Smitherman (center), and commissioners David Porter (left) and Christi Craddick (right) hold an open meeting in Austin, Texas on Jan. 15, 2013.
The Texas Railroad Commission, comprised of Chairman Barry T. Smitherman (center), and commissioners David Porter (left) and Christi Craddick (right) hold an open meeting in Austin, Texas on Jan. 15, 2013.

Railroad Commissioner Wants Firearm Training for Employees

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With the debate over gun rights still raging in Texas and across the nation, the head of one Texas agency, the Railroad Commission, is pushing to provide training for employees so they can carry concealed handguns on the job. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.