Tribpedia: Wayne Christian

Petroleum engineer lifts Libertarian hopes in Railroad Commission race

Mark Miller, the Libertarian candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, stands outside of his home in Dripping Springs on Oct. 14, 2016.
Mark Miller, the Libertarian candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, stands outside of his home in Dripping Springs on Oct. 14, 2016.

Mark Miller, a Libertarian running for Railroad Commission who has written a book about the agency, will almost certainly lose. But he is gaining an unusual amount of attention in a turbulent election cycle, leaving his party striving to make a splash in a statewide race.

GOP Candidates for the Railroad Commission of Texas. Clockwise, from top left: Becky Berger, Malachi Boyuls, Ryan Sitton and former state Rep. Wayne Christian.
GOP Candidates for the Railroad Commission of Texas. Clockwise, from top left: Becky Berger, Malachi Boyuls, Ryan Sitton and former state Rep. Wayne Christian.

Ethics Debate Swirls in Race to Be the Next Railroad Commissioner

Ryan Sitton, a Republican candidate for railroad commissioner, says that if elected, he would remain involved with his company, which consults with some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Some of his opponents have raised concerns.

Candidate for Lt. Governor, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, makes a point to Evan Smith at TribLive on September 19, 2013.
Candidate for Lt. Governor, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, makes a point to Evan Smith at TribLive on September 19, 2013.

The Brief: Feb. 7, 2014

The rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the GOP lieutenant governor's race — and personified by state Sen. Dan Patrick — is angering several Hispanic party leaders to the point where one of them is considering voting for a Democrat in the general election.

Kenneth Flippin, left, and Jane Denson, right, of Enroll America at the home of Shelby Childress.
Kenneth Flippin, left, and Jane Denson, right, of Enroll America at the home of Shelby Childress.

The Evening Brief: Nov. 13, 2013

Your evening reading: health exchange enrollment numbers are anemic in Texas; Sullivan says "NUTS" to Ethics Commission; Davis to meet big-buck Democratic donors in D.C.

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst
U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst

Campaign Chatter

Ted Cruz tries to lure David Dewhurst into a fight, while Tom Leppert taunts them both in a new TV ad.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, says he'll seek another term in 2012. Fun facts from his announcement: "Among his younger-life experience, he worked as a paper boy, TV station copy boy, waiter, dishwasher, library clerk, and taxicab driver."

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, debates an amendment to HB1 on April 1, 2011.
State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, debates an amendment to HB1 on April 1, 2011.

Video: "Pansexual" Amendment Debate

While you were sleeping last night, lawmakers in the Texas House were engaged in a passionate debate over "pansexual" politics that nearly killed the entire fiscal matters bill, which is pretty much the main reason they're having a special session. Trust us — this is must-see video. 

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, listens to testimony during a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 5, 2011.
State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, listens to testimony during a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 5, 2011.

After 16 Hours of Debate, House Tentatively Passes Key Fiscal Matters Bill

Lengthy debate on a key budget bill featured many retreads of contentious topics from the regular session — but it was Rep. Wayne Christian's revival of his famous "pansexual" amendment around midnight that almost killed the whole thing.

State Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney
State Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney

TribBlog: Four for Paxton

Add four East Texas state representatives to Rep. Ken Paxton's list, bringing the McKinney Republican closer to a dozen-and-a-half votes in his quest for 76. Paxton is challenging Speaker Joe Straus for the top job.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and former Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and former Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle.

Witch Hunters?

Talking point No. 1 for an elected official facing an ethics investigation in Texas: Blame the politicization of the Public Integrity Unit, which is funded by the Legislature but operates out of the district attorney's office in heavily Democratic Travis County.