Commissioner Christian Applauds Senate On Confirming FERC Nominees Before Deadline

August 04, 2017

AUSTIN– Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian applauded the U.S. Senate for confirming FERC nominees, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, before the Senate adjourned for its August recess.  

“First, and foremost, I would like to thank U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz for working with our office and fighting to get these nominations confirmed before the deadline,” said Christian. “Confirmation of these two nominees will restore a quorum and allow the commission to get back to work and approve critical energy infrastructure projects in Texas and across the nation.” 

A lifelong conservative businessman, Wayne Christian was elected to join the Railroad Commission of Texas in November 2016. In 1996, Christian was elected to the House of Representatives. During this time, Christian served as Vice-Chair of Regulated Industries and as a multi-term member of the Energy Resource Committee. On these committees, he had direct oversight of the Railroad Commission and accumulated a strong record of standing for free markets and against burdensome regulations.

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