Ryan Sitton

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Ryan Sitton
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Texas Railroad Commission
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Office website
Campaign website
Ryan Sitton is a Republican commissioner on the Texas Railroad Commission. He was first elected to the office during the 2014 elections.


Sitton was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 24 of the Texas House of Representatives.

A registered professional engineer, Sitton started his own company in 2006 with his wife, Jennifer. Pinnacle, an engineering and technology company serving the energy and petrochemical industries, is located in Pasadena, Texas.

Sitton put himself through Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Sitton previously served a term on the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was appointed to the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council, and is an active member of the Pasadena Conservative Citizens Club. His wife Jennifer is a member of the Clear Creek Republican Women's club.[1]

Political career

Texas Railroad Commission (2015-present)

Sitton was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, replacing Barry Smitherman (R).[1]

During his swearing-in ceremony, Sitton made the following comments:

I look forward to working with Chairman Christi Craddick and Commissioner David Porter as we draw on our unique and diverse experiences to provide a stable regulatory environment that will protect our citizens and our natural resources, while allowing our energy industry to thrive...

To the citizens of the state of Texas, I say that we are here to serve. In that service, we want to do a couple of things. We want to be communicating with you in the language of science, technology and data. We want to make sure when there are questions about how energy is developed, that we are quick to respond and that we provide the applicable resources to answer those questions. We are going to be a service-oriented group, and we want the citizens of Texas to feel confident in that. [2]

—Texas Railroad Commission, (2015) [1]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Sitton ran for election to the office of Texas Railroad Commission. Sitton came in second for the Republican nomination in the primary. He defeated Wayne Christian in a runoff on May 27.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Christian 42.7% 503,634
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 30.5% 360,125
Becky Berger 16.8% 198,672
Malachi Boyuls 10% 117,511
Total Votes 1,179,942
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.
Primary runoff
Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 57.3% 400,259
Wayne Christian 42.7% 298,659
Total Votes 698,918
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.
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.


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sitton ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 24. Sitton was defeated by Greg Bonnen defeated Heidi Thiess in the primary runoff election on July 31.[4][5]

Texas House of Representatives District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Bonnen (advanced to runoff) 45.1% 6,951
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton (advanced to runoff) 32.6% 5,035
Heidi Thiess 22.3% 3,440
Total Votes 15,426

Campaign themes

Sitton's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Stopping Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "We need to secure the borders, and remove incentives for illegal immigrants, by making it more difficult for illegal immigrants to get jobs, obtain driver’s licenses, and obtain free healthcare."
  • Controlling Government Spending
Excerpt: "Our governments, at all levels, should act like a business. We should only keep the government functions that actually add value, and only budget amounts required to fund the valuable functions."
  • Taxes and Fees – Cutting and Capping
Excerpt: "Taxes and fees are job killers, specifically when you are trying to foster growth. By cutting taxes and capping any future increases, we can spur economic growth and create new jobs."
  • Committed to Public Education
Excerpt: "Our public education system has some opportunities to improve. Most importantly, there is too much money spent on administration, which is driven by too many ineffective government mandates."


Sitton and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.[1]

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Preceded by
Barry Smitherman (R)
Texas Railroad Commission
Succeeded by