Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in July 2011, and was elected Chairman by his colleagues in February 2012. In July 2012, Chairman Smitherman won the Republican Primary Runoff with 62% of the vote. On November 6, 2012, Barry won the statewide General Election with 74% of the vote, receiving over 4.5 million votes. He is a fourth generation Texan, with a unique blend of private and public sector experience. After growing up in Highlands, Texas, a working class neighborhood on the east side of Houston, Barry had a distinguished 17 year career in public finance, where he advised state and local governments on ways to save hundreds of millions of dollars. Barry has also served as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s office specializing in prosecuting family assaults and DWIs.