|Running for Attorney General of Texas|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Texas Railroad Commission|
|July 2011 – Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Michael Williams (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed||July 8, 2011|
|Appointed by||Rick Perry (R)|
|Texas Public Utility Commission|
|High school||Ross S. Sterling High School|
|Bachelor's||Texas A&M University|
|J.D.||University of Texas School of Law|
Before becoming a member of the railroad commission, Smitherman served as Chair of the Texas Public Utility Commission. His professional experience prior to includes working as a banker, a prosecutor for Harris County District Attorney's Office and teaching Public Administration at St. Thomas University.
A February 2013 article in Governing named Smitherman as one of the top state Republican officials to watch in 2013.
Smitherman was a public finance investment banker from 1986 until 2002. He was hired as a prosecutor with the Harris County district attorney's office in 2003. He currently serves on the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC).
Smitherman is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulation as well as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC) Board of Directors and the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment (ERE). He is also the Chairman of the NARUC Committee on Gas. 
- Texas A&M University, B.A 
- Harvard University, M.P.A
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
Texas Railroad Commission (2011-present)
Smitherman was first appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission by Governor Rick Perry on July 8, 2011 following the resignation of former commissioner Michael Williams, who stepped down to run for U.S. House. Williams' term was not set to expire until 2014. As stated by the railroad commission office website, "When a Commissioner is appointed by the Governor to fill an unexpired term, the appointee serves until the next General Election at which time the appointee may run for the remainder of the unexpired term." Because of this procedure, after his initial appointment, Smitherman was elected in the 2012 general election to an abbreviated term on the commission ending in 2014.
Public Utility Commission of Texas (2004-2011)
In 2004, Rick Perry appointed him to the board of the Public Utility Commission. He was reappointed in September 2007, and the board elected him chairman in November 2007.
- See also: Texas attorney general election, 2014
Smitherman ran for Texas Attorney General in 2014. He sought the Republican nomination in the primary. Current incumbent Greg Abbott (R) is expected to run for governor, leaving the position open. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
Smitherman ran for re-election to the Texas Railroad Commission in 2012. He faced Greg Parker, Elizabeth Murphy-Kolb and Al Lee in the May 29 Republican primary. Since no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters - Smitherman and Parker - faced off in a runoff election on July 31, which Smitherman won.
|Texas Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired term, Primary, 2012|
|Barry Smitherman Incumbent||44.2%||497,100|
|Election Results via The Texas Secretary of State.|
- Primary Runoff
|Texas Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired term, Primary Runoff, 2012|
|Barry Smitherman Incumbent||62.1%||583,506|
|Election Results via The Texas Secretary of State (timed out).|
Comprehensive donor information for Smitherman is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Smitherman raised a total of $4,085,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.
|Barry Smitherman's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||TX Railroad Commission||$4,085,092|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,085,092|
Smitherman won re-election to the position of Texas Railroad Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Smitherman raised a total of $4,085,092.
|Texas Railroad Commissioner 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Barry Smitherman's campaign in 2012|
|Conservative Republicans of Texas||$176,345|
|Charles J. Wilder||$105,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$4,085,092|
|Total Votes received in 2012||583,506|
|Cost of each vote received||$7|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Smitherman grew up in Highlands, Texas, and now lives in Austin with his wife and two of their four children. Their two oldest sons attend Texas A&M University.
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- Official campaign website
- Texas Railroad Commission
- Barry Smitherman on Facebook
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Railroad Commission of Texas, "Commissioners," accessed June 20, 2013
- State Impact, "Meet the New Chairman of the Railroad Commission," February 28, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman's Biography," accessed June 20, 2013
- Governing, "State Republican Officials to Watch in 2013," February 6, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Smitherman to Announce Run For Attorney General," June 24, 2013
- "Commissioner Barry Smitherman"
- Barry Smitherman Railroad Commissioner, "About Barry Smitherman," accessed May 29, 2012
- Houston Chronicle, "2 Railroad Commission seats headed toward runoffs," May 30, 2012
- '"Texas Secretary of State, "2012 Republican Party primary runoff: Election night returns," accessed July 31, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 Results"
- Follow the Money, " Career Fundraising for Barry Smitherman," accessed June 19, 2013
Michael Williams (R)
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