Christi Craddick goes to Washington - sort of

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick Courtesy photo

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick often complains about Washington.

Well, now they can hear her up close and personal.

Craddick announced this week that she’s accepted an advisory position at the U.S. Department of Energy when she was asked by Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to serve as a member of the National Petroleum Council. The railroad commission oversees the oil and gas industry in Texas.

The council provides advice, information and recommendations on oil and natural gas related matters, including the federal government’s response to environmental and energy conservation, technology and legal issues.

“Texas provides an excellent model of effectiveness and efficiency for shaping national energy policies,” Craddick said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside Secretary Moniz and my fellow council members in advancing energy policy on behalf of the Department of Energy and the nation.”

Craddick, who also has served as chairman of the commission, will attend her first meeting in July. The council is a federally-chartered and privately-funded committee. Since 1946 it has produced more than 200 reports on oil and gas operations.

Craddick has served on the state commission since 2012.

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