Christi Craddick

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Christi Craddick
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Texas Railroad Commission
In office
November 7, 2012 – Present
Term ends
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2018
Campaign $$2,850,158
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
J.D.University of Texas at Austin
Date of birthJuly 1, 1970
Place of birthMidland, Texas
ProfessionAttorney, Small Business Owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Christi Craddick (b. July 1, 1970) is a member of the Texas Railroad Commission. She was first elected to the statewide position on November 6, 2012 and sworn in the following day.[1][2]


Craddick was born and raised in Midland, Texas. She received her bachelor's degree and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Texas State Bar.

Before running for public office, Craddick served 9 years as an adviser to her father, Texas State House Speaker Tom Craddick.

Craddick is a lawyer and small business owner. As an attorney, the self-professed conservative activist specializes in energy and environmental policy, with a bent toward utilities deregulation.[3]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Texas at Austin
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Texas at Austin

Political career

Texas Railroad Commissioner (2012-present)

On November 6, 2012, Craddick was elected to serve on the Texas Railroad Commission alongside Chairman Barry Smitherman and David Porter. The commission oversees the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining.[4]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Craddick was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 2012. She faced Beryl Burgess, Warren Chisum, Joe Cotten, Roland Sledge and Becky Berger in the May 29 Republican Primary. Since no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters - Chisum and Craddick - faced off in a runoff election on July 31,[5] which Craddick won.[6]

Craddick defeated Dale Henry (D), Vivekananda Wall (L) and Chris Kennedy (G) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[7]

Texas Railroad Commissioner 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 56.2% 4,336,499
     Democratic Dale Henry 39.6% 3,057,733
     Libertarian Vivekananda Wall 2.2% 173,001
     Green Chris Kennedy 2% 153,664
Total Votes 7,720,897
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

  • Primary Runoff
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Full Term, Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 59.8% 592,860
Warren Chisum 40.2% 398,421
Total Votes 991,281
Election Results via The Texas Secretary of State (timed out).

  • Primary
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Full term, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 35.9% 421,610
Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Chisum 27.2% 320,052
Becky Berger 12% 140,752
Joe Cotten 10.5% 123,137
Roland Sledge 9.9% 116,122
Beryl Burgess 4.6% 53,553
Total Votes 1,175,226
Election Results via The Texas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Buddy Garcia (R) was appointed to serve in the seat until the general election and did not run for election.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Craddick is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Craddick raised a total of $2,850,158 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[9]

Christi Craddick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Railroad Commissioner Won $2,850,158
Grand Total Raised $2,850,158


Craddick won election to the position of Texas Railroad Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Craddick raised a total of $2,850,158.


Craddick currently resides in Austin, where she attends St. Austin’s Catholic Church.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Buddy Garcia (R)
Texas Railroad Commission
Succeeded by