“Dan Patrick has an appreciation and understanding of the important issues affecting Texans,” said Smitherman, the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. “He believes in the fundamental [tenets] of economic and social conservatism. Further, he understands that oil and gas is the lifeblood of the Texas economy.”
Patrick is the front-runner heading into the May runoff after a primary in which he finished 13 points ahead of Dewhurst, the incumbent, who received 28 percent of the vote. The winner will be a strong favorite in the general election against state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.
“I am proud to have Barry’s support. There are few in Texas who understand the energy sector like Barry,” Patrick said.