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Steve Brown
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Former candidate for
Texas Railroad Commission
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWestbury High School (1993)
Websites
Campaign website
Steve Brown was a Democratic candidate for Texas Railroad Commission in the 2014 elections. Brown lost in the general election on November 4, 2014.

One of the major issues in the 2014 Railroad Commissioner election was the current weakened state of the Railroad Commission and various plans to change the Commission.

Biography

Brown is the former Democratic Party Chairman of Fort Bend County. He founded the North Carolina A&T State University - College Democrats chapter, and was an intern in the Clinton White House. Brown has worked on numerous campaigns and in legislative offices.[1]

Education

  • Westbury High School (1993)
  • Political Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (1997)

Elections

2014

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Brown ran for election to the office of Texas Railroad Commission. Brown won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014.[2] He faced Republican Ryan Sitton, Libertarian Mark Miller and Green Party candidate Martina Salinas. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary
Texas Railroad Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Brown 64% 299,009
Dale Henry 36% 168,036
Total Votes 467,045
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.
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.

Issues

On his campaign website, Brown outlined five points to strengthen the Railroad Commission.[3]

Strengthening the Texas Railroad Commission

1 — Office of Public Advocacy I will work to establish an Office of Public Advocacy that will serve as a resource to advise Commissioners on how regulatory changes might impact Texas landowners and consumers. This office will also serve as a watchdog for citizens with grievances before the Commission, and can assist them during the hearing process.

2 — Adequate Funding The Texas Railroad Commission has traditionally been woefully underfunded. It desperately needs a Commissioner with knowledge of the state budgetary process who can influence the allocation of needed resources to this agency. Having an adequately funded agency not only helps to expedite the permitting process but will also ensure that more qualified staff are in the field keeping the general public safe.

3 — Staff Training and Development A growing concern with industry leaders is ensuring that the RRC has the staff to support its various regulatory functions. This is partially a result of high staff turnover, but it’s also due to a lack of aggressive recruiting, professional development opportunities and staff retention efforts. I will work to ensure that we implement best practices for improving staff morale, training and increasing salaries to market levels.

4 — Environmental Stewardship Leaving a legacy of environmental stewardship is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to the next generation of Texans. In these times of vast oil and gas abundance we must also work to mitigate the effects of the environmentally harmful byproducts of energy exploration and production. I will work to enforce policies designed to protect the environment and keep the public safe.

5 — Job Creation and Workforce Development Growing our base of oil and gas jobs will be a top priority as your Railroad Commissioner. This industry’s economic surge has helped to separate our state from others struggling through a tepid recovery. It is essential that we allow this industry to continue to grow, which means ensuring that we have a ready, capable workforce to support that growth. I pledge to work with educators and industry leaders to create workforce training centers where we can train at-risk youth to develop skills that will lead them to middle class job opportunities. I will also work to encourage small and disadvantaged businesses to partner with larger oil and gas companies and build working relationships. [4]

Steve Brown, Issues and Platform

Personal

Brown and his wife, Monique St. Amant-Mathis, have two children, Stephen III and Mathis.[5]

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