Milton Rister, director of administration in the office of Gov. Rick Perry since 2010, on Tuesday was named executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas operations in the state. Rister, whose appointment is effective Oct. 1, succeeds John Tintera, who retired April 1 after 22 years at the agency. Rister also has been executive director for the Texas Legislative Council from 2006 to 2009 and was a senior advisor to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in 2005.
Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, in a prepared statement, said Rister’s "comprehensive experience and background in working with our state’s top elected officials and the Legislature will be invaluable.”
-- Jim Fuquay