Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 27, 2013

Republicans host attorney general candidate

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman, and potential Texas Attorney General candidate, Barry Smitherman addressed a Tuesday night dinner crowd hosted by the Johnson County Republican Women’s Club.

“I’m thrilled to be in [U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin’s] district,” Smitherman said. “You have a great Christian businessman representing you who understands math and numbers, which not enough people in D.C. do.”

Smitherman, a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law, served as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and later as chairman of the Public Utility Commission. 

Appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011, Smitherman won election to his seat in 2012, capturing 74 percent of the vote.

“I’m running for attorney general predicated on the condition that [current Attorney General Greg Abbott] is running for something else,” Smitherman said.

Smitherman joked that the railroad commission, which deals largely with energy issues now and has little to do with railroad oversight, will continue to be named so at least until the next session of the Texas Legislature. Attempts to change the name to something more apropos to what they actually do have so far been in vain, he said.

The Railroad Commission, Smitherman said, exemplifies the pursuit of happiness phrase found in the U.S. Constitution by creating jobs and opportunity.

“[Texas is] leading the way to energy independence, and it’s not because of the federal government,” Smitherman said. 

Texas produces about 1.7 million barrels of crude oil per day compared to the 1.6 million per day that the U.S. imports from Saudi Arabia.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of sending our money to countries that hate us,” Smitherman said. “By 2020, at the current pace, we will stop importing oil from Africa, Saudi and other countries.”

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