David Porter was unanimously elected chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission on June 9 at the Commission’s open meeting.
Porter was elected statewide to serve a six-year term as railroad commissioner in November 2010. Since taking office, Porter has been appointed to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission as the official representative of Texas. He has also been appointed as the official representative on the Interstate Mining Compact Commission and currently serves as an advisory board member for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.
Upon taking office in 2011, Porter created the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, the first of its kind at the Texas Railroad Commission, to establish a forum that will bring the community together and foster a dialogue regarding drilling activities in the Eagle Ford shale play. The Task Force comprises local community leaders, elected officials, industry representatives, environmental groups, and landowners.
In 2013, Porter launched his Natural Gas Vehicle Initiative, which includes a series of statewide events aimed at increasing the demand for natural gas vehicles and refueling stations, as well as natural gas use in drilling operations, and, in doing so, increasing the demand for natural gas in Texas.