Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian (R)

Industry
Oil & Gas, Finance
Education
B.B.A., Stephen F. Austin University 1973
Spouse
Lisa Christian
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Christian, a former state representative, is self-employed in the financial services industry.
  • He owns stock in various mutual funds, as well as in Adidas, British American Tobacco, Bayer, AT&T, CenturyLink, Oracle and Microsoft.
  • He receives income from various rental properties.

Property

  • Residential properties in Center valued at $61,990, $277,760, $35,700, $27,830 and $63,340.
  • Commercial property in Center valued at $6,000
  • Vacation home in Crystal Beach

Analysis

  • In his time in the Texas House, Christian served as vice-chair of the Committee on Regulated Industries, vice-chair of the Committee on Financial Services and as a member of the Energy Resource Committee. He is the former head of the Texas Conservative Coalition.
  • Texas Watchdog reported in 2009 that Christian, who proposed legislation aimed at weakening the Travis County district attorney's office, had ties to people targeted by that office, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The article also noted that the former Travis County DA who went after DeLay "named Christian in an indictment of the Texas Association of Business for violating campaign finance laws."
  • Also in 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported that Christian had helped author an amendment that would give him and a small group of other property owners on the Bolivar Peninsula the jurisdiction to rebuild their Galveston-area vacation homes on public beaches after Hurricane Ike. Asked about a conflict of interest, Christian said, "if I were to pass a law that affected only Wayne Christian, that would be a conflict."