Ryan Christopher Sitton
|Texas Railroad Commissioner|
|Assumed office |
January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Barry Smitherman|
|Born||1975 (age 43–44)|
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering) (1998)|
|Occupation||Texas Railroad Commissioner|
Ryan Christopher Sitton (born 1975) is a Republican politician and current Texas Railroad Commissioner at the Texas Railroad Commission. A resident of Friendswood outside Houston, Sitton has been serving on the Railroad Commission since November 4, 2014.
Personal life and education
Sitton was raised in Irving, Texas with his three siblings by his mother and father, both high school science teachers. Sitton displayed a talent for math and science. Sitton attended Cistercian Academy and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University where he met his wife, Jennifer, also a mechanical engineering major.
They now have three children and are active members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. In his spare time, Sitton is an avid fitness enthusiast, does P90X every day and maintains a collection of over 100,000 Legos.
Sitton spent his early career working for oil and gas companies, including ALCOA, Oxy, Marathon, and Berwanger Engineering and Consulting, where he created and led the mechanical integrity division. In 2006, the Sittons founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company. PinnacleART operates on solar power with natural gas backups.
2012 Texas House of Representatives race
Texas Railroad Commissioner
With 358,827 votes (30.5 percent), Sitton finished second in the GOP primary held on March 4, 2014, and hence qualified for the runoff slot. In the second round of balloting, Christian again polled 42.7 percent of the vote, the same as his primary tabulation in a field of four candidates. Sitton, however, increased his total from the primary to the runoff election by nearly 27 percentage points, attributed to strong fundraising from industry professionals.
The Houston Chronicle endorsed Sitton over Christian on May 12, prior to the runoff election. Sitton also carried the backing of outgoing Texas Land Commissioner Jerry E. Patterson, who lost his own bid for lieutenant governor in the March 4 primary.
Sitton faced Steve Brown, an African-American Democrat businessman from Houston, Libertarian Party candidate Mark Miller, and Green Party candidate Martina Salinas. Sitton won the general election with 58% of the vote.
Ryan Sitton electoral history
- 2015: Houston Business Journal's 40 under 40 list.
- 2015: Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Texas A&M University.
- 2016: Hearst Energy Award for Government Service.
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