Mark Miller (Texas)

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Mark Miller
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Former candidate for
Texas Railroad Commissioner
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvey Mudd College (1972)
Ph.D.Stanford University (1983)
ProfessionProfessional engineer
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Mark Miller was a Libertarian candidate for Texas Railroad Commission in the 2014 elections.[1] Miller lost in the general election on November 4, 2014.


A Texas native, Miller graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1972 with a B.S. in engineering and began his career in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum engineer with Getty Oil Company in California.[2][3][2] He worked at Getty until 1979. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, in 1983, Miller began work as an associate professor with the University of Texas at Austin. He stayed in this role until 2001 when he became a consultant. In 2002, Miller left his consulting position to work as an engineer with Object Reservoir until 2006. He then returned to consulting until 2011, when he became the chief technology officer at Object Reservoir. In 2012, he left Object Reservoir to found Promethean Technologies Group, LLC. He serves as the chief executive officer and the chief technology officer for the company.[3]


  • B.S. in engineering - Harvey Mudd College (1972)
  • Ph.D. - Stanford University (1983)



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Miller ran for election to the office of Texas Railroad Commission. Miller won the Libertarian nomination in the convention on April 11.[4][1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Texas Railroad Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 58.3% 2,690,624
     Democrat Steve Brown 36.5% 1,682,644
     Libertarian Mark Miller 3.2% 145,365
     Green Martina Salinas 2% 93,800
Total Votes 4,612,433
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Campaign Issues

The following statements were listed on Miller's campaign website:[5]

  • Fracking: "I promise to ensure that regulations designed to protect groundwater quality will be appropriately administered by the Railroad Commission. If contamination should occur due to negligent oil and gas operations, I also promise to use whatever powers the Railroad Commission has to hold those operators accountable. At this point in time, however, there is no reason that this important technology should not be applied to producing energy for Texas and the rest of the Nation."
  • Proposition 6: "Though it is clear that Texas needs to do more to ensure adequate water supplies to our fast-growing state, I do not believe that Proposition 6 is the solution. I voted No on Proposition 6."
Note: The above excerpts are from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


Miller lives in Austin, Texas. He has two sons and two grandsons.[2]

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