Railroad Commission Hires New Government Relations Director

June 05, 2024

The Railroad Commission’s newest Government Relations Director started work at the agency this week. Nathan McDaniel brings a strong record of legislative and private industry experience to his role at the RRC.

Before joining the Commission, McDaniel served as Communications Director for a Texas State Senator and was Campaign Manager and District Director for a member of the United States House of Representatives. In these roles, McDaniel engaged community leaders and government officials on a variety of policy issues, including energy and environmental policies. In his most recent role, he consulted state and local public sector entities on strategic communications and marketing efforts.

McDaniel will take on a critical role overseeing the implementation of all state legislation and any federal legislation at the agency, and preparing the RRC for the next legislative session which begins in January 2025.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with the Commissioners and agency staff to ensure Texas continues to lead the way in energy production and environmental stewardship,” said McDaniel. “As a lifelong Texan, I know how critical these resources are not only to our great state, but to the entire country. Working together with my colleagues at the RRC and other state and industry leaders, I am confident Texas will continue to lead the world in innovative and responsible ways to produce the energy resources we need.”

McDaniel holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a Master’s in Public Leadership from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.



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About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.