Steve Brown (Texas)
|Former candidate for|
|Texas Railroad Commission|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Westbury High School (1993)|
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.
- Westbury High School (1993)
- Political Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (1997)
Brown ran for election to the office of Texas Railroad Commission. Brown won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014. He faced Republican Ryan Sitton, Libertarian Mark Miller and Green Party candidate Martina Salinas. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|Texas Railroad Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.|
|Texas Railroad Commissioner, 2014|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.|
On his campaign website, Brown outlined five points to strengthen the Railroad Commission.
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. 
—Steve Brown, Issues and Platform
Brown and his wife, Monique St. Amant-Mathis, have two children, Stephen III and Mathis.
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- Facebook, "Steve Brown for Texas Railroad Commissioner," accessed December 12, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Steve Brown to Run for Railroad Commissioner," November 8, 2013
- Steve Brown for Texas Railroad Commission, "Issues and Platform," accessed October 14, 2014
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- Steve Brown for Texas Railroad Commission, "About Steve Brown," accessed October 14, 2014
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