Statement by Commissioner Barry Smitherman on the Announcement by Elizabeth Ames Jones That She Will Resign from the Texas Railroad Commission


AUSTIN ––Yesterday’s announcement of the pending resignation of my friend, colleague and Chairman, Elizabeth Ames Jones, from the Texas Railroad Commission was bittersweet. 

Chairman Jones has had a long and distinguished career in public service.  She has worked tirelessly to serve the people of Texas.  Her efforts have had a positive impact on the state as a whole and the energy sector specifically.
I admire her persistence and determination on behalf of the oil and gas industry, and I know that she will bring that same determination and intensity to her new endeavors.
The opportunity to work with and learn from her has made me a better Railroad Commissioner and public servant.
As Chairman Jones leaves the Commission  to pursue other opportunities to serve the people of Texas, I wish her every success.


Barry Smitherman is a fourth generation Texan appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Railroad Commission of Texas on July 8, 2011. Before serving at the Railroad Commission, Smitherman served on the Public Utility Commission for seven years, four of those as Chairman. In addition, he is a past ex-officio board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). He currently serves on the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory panel on Federal Environmental Regulation and is a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC) Board of Directors, and the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment (ERE).