Steve Brown is running for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission because he believes that it can improve on its promise to adequately support industry growth while also protecting the environment, ensuring public safety, and safeguarding land owner and consumer rights. Steve knows that abundant growth in the energy industry is the engine of Texas’ economy. He would ensure the Railroad Commission would have the resources to respond to everyday Texans’ concerns. Steve is a proven public advocate and he would work to reform and strengthen the Commission to the benefit of all Texas families.
Steve Brown, a North Carolina native, came to Texas when his family moved while he was still in middle school. He and his wife Monique St. Amant-Mathis, have two sons, Mathis and Stephen III. The Brown family lives in Missouri City, where they attend church and the boys go to elementary school. Steve and Monique teach their children about the importance of equality and public service.
At an early age, Steve dedicated his life to public service and to the belief that community organizing is the most effective way to bring positive change. In 1996, Steve started working for then US Senate candidate Harvey Gantt, who was striving for more inclusive representation for African Americans in North Carolina. Steve’s work continued at North Carolina A&T State, where he founded a College Democrats chapter focused on the interests of the other African American students there. After college, Steve and his wife settled down in the Houston area where he ran and was elected as Chair of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party. Currently, Steve is on the board of the Youth Development Center of Houston and volunteers with Texas Young Democrats and the Fort Bend Democrats Club.
Steve has worked in both the United States Capitol for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the Texas State Capitol for Representative Sylvester Turner. Steve has experience with the problems facing Texas from his time at the Capitol but also from his conversations with Texans during traveling around the state.
Steve is passionate about creating opportunities for Texas families to succeed. He believes that Texans deserve a Railroad Commissioner who will elevate the concerns of everyday Texans. Steve Brown will make public safety and industry responsibility a priority by encouraging partnerships between the industry and local communities that will ensure a growing oil and gas industry that can continue to benefit Texas families for generations.
Office of Public Advocacy
- Steve Brown will work to establish an Office of Public Advocacy that will serve as a resource to advise Commissioners on how regulatory changes might impact Texas landowners and consumers.
- The Office will also assist citizens to navigate the hearing and grievance press so that that the Railroad Commission serves as a watchdog for all Texans.
- Steve Brown believes the Texas Railroad Commission has traditionally been woefully underfunded.
- Brown would be a Commissioner with knowledge of the state budgetary process who can influence the allocation of needed resources to this agency. Having an adequately funded agency not only helps to expedite the permitting process but will also ensure that more qualified staff are in the field keeping the general public safe.
Staff Training and Development
- Steve Brown knows industry leaders are concerned that the Railroad Commission has the staff to support its various regulatory functions. Brown will work to ensure that we implement best practices for improving staff morale, training and increasing salaries to market levels.
- Steve Brown believes leaving a legacy of environmental stewardship is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to the next generation of Texans. In these times of vast oil and gas abundance we must also work to mitigate the effects of the environmentally harmful byproducts of energy exploration and production.
- Brown will work to enforce policies designed to protect the environment and keep the public safe. Job Creation and Workforce
- For Steve Brown growing the base of oil and gas jobs will be a top priority as Railroad Commissioner. This industry’s economic surge has helped to separate Texas from others struggling through a tepid recovery. It is essential that this industry continues to grow, which means ensuring that we have a ready, capable workforce to support that growth.
- Brown pledges to work with educators and industry leaders to create workforce training centers where at-risk youth can train to develop skills that will lead them to middle class job opportunities.
- Brown will also work to encourage small and disadvantaged businesses to partner with larger oil and gas companies and build working relationships.