Perry Names Smitherman to Railroad Commission

Gov. Rick Perry is moving Barry Smitherman from the Public Utility Commission to the Texas Railroad Commission, replacing Michael Williams, who resigned earlier this year to run for Congress. Smitherman was sworn into office this afternoon by Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

The PUC is run by appointed commissioners; to keep his new seat at the Railroad Commission, Smitherman will have to win election to the post in 2012. The three-member RRC is the state's chief energy regulator.

A number of others were hoping for that appointment, including state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, and Comal County Commissioner Gregory ...

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