David Porter

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David Porter
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Texas Railroad Commissioner
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2010
Next general2016
Campaign $$990,419
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chair, Precinct 103, Midland County
Bachelor'sHarding University (1977)
Date of birth1956
Place of birthFort Lewis, Washington
Office website
David Porter is a current commissioner of the Texas Railroad Commission, a regulatory body that oversees the oil and natural gas industries in Texas. He was elected to this position in November 2010.[1]


Before taking office, Commissioner Porter built a successful small business around his CPA practice in Midland Texas, providing accounting and tax services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners, oil field service companies and other small businesses and individuals. On November 2, 2010, David J. Porter was elected to serve a six-year term as a Texas Railroad Commissioner. Since taking office, Commissioner Porter served on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission as well as the Interstate Mining Compact Commision as an Associate Representative by Texas Governor Rick Perry.[2]


  • Harding University, B.S., Accounting (1977)

Political career

Texas Railroad Commission (2010-present)

Porter has served as a member of the Texas Railroad Commission since 2010. He was elected to a six-year term that will expire in 2016.[1]

Chair, Precinct 103, Midland County

Chair, Precinct 102, Lee County



Porter won election to the Texas Railroad Commission in 2010, defeating Jeff Weems (D), Roger Gary (L) and Art Browning (G).

Texas Railroad Commission, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Porter 59.4% 2,880,765
     Democratic Jeff Weems 36.2% 1,757,183
     Libertarian Roger Gary 2.9% 138,978
     Green Art Browning 1.5% 72,291
Total Votes 4,849,217
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Porter is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Porter raised a total of $990,419 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[3]

David Porter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Railroad Commissioner Not up for election $425,931
2010 TX Railroad Commissioner Won $564,488
Grand Total Raised $990,419


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Porter was born in Fort Lewis, Washington in 1956 while his father was serving in the US Army. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harding University in May of 1977 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam on his first attempt in November of 1977 and became a Texas CPA in September 1981, the same year he moved to Midland.

David met his wife, Cheryl, while attending Harding University, and they were married in 1979. They are the proud parents of one daughter and are also the proud grandparents of a two-year old granddaughter.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas Railroad Commission
Succeeded by