Concluding one of the most colorful races for the Railroad Commission in recent memory, incumbent Wayne Christian won the Republican Party’s nomination to his position on the three-person commission.

Despite its name, the Railroad Commission oversees oil and gas in the state. Three railroad commissioners serve staggered six-year terms, with one commissioner facing statewide election every two years.

Christian, a former representative in the State House who began his term on the commission in 2017, was forced into a runoff with oil and gas attorney Sarah Stogner after he was unable to get more than 50 percent of the vote in the Republican primary election in March.

Stogner gained notoriety and public attention in February, when she posed mostly nude atop an oil jack pump in a viral campaign video.

Though Stogner initially pledged to self-fund her campaign, a last-minute $2 million donation from transgender ranch heir Ashley Watt led to a massive television ad campaign in the race’s final days.

Christian will face Democrat Luke Warford in the November general election.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens