Victor G. Carrillo

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Victor G. Carrillo
Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission
In office
January 2009 – January 2011
GovernorRick Perry
Preceded byMichael L. Williams
Succeeded byElizabeth Ames Jones
Member of the Texas Railroad Commission
In office
February 2003 – January 2011
Preceded byTony Garza
Succeeded byDavid J. Porter
Personal details
Born (1965-01-05) January 5, 1965 (age 54)
Abilene, Texas (USA)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joy M. Carrillo
ChildrenLaura, Christina, and Grace Carrillo
ResidenceRockwall, Texas,(USA)
Alma materHardin-Simmons University
Baylor University
University of Houston

Victor G. Carrillo (born January 5, 1965) is a Texas geologist and politician who was formerly chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and county judge of Taylor County, Texas.


The son of an immigrant from Mexico,[1] Carrillo is a native of Abilene, Texas, he received a bachelor of science degree in geology from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He then attended Baylor University in Waco, where he earned a master of science degree, also in geology. From 1988 to 1994 he worked as a petroleum geophysicist for Amoco, he attended law school at night and in 1994 procured his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.[1][2] From 1994 to 1996, he was an attorney for the Texas General Land Office under the Democratic commissioner Garry Mauro.[3]

Having returned to Abilene in 1996, he taught political science for a time at Hardin-Simmons and served on the city council and as an assistant city attorney while maintaining a law practice, he and his wife, Joy McClellan Carrillo, have three daughters. While in Abilene, they attended Abilene Bible Church,[2] and Carrillo was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Abilene Hispanic Leadership Council, Keep Abilene Beautiful, the Salvation Army, and the board of advisors of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy, published by the University of Texas at Austin School of Law,[3] he was appointed Taylor County Judge, and in 2002 ran for and won election to full four-year term in that position.[1] However, he served less than two months of his elected term before resigning in February 2003 to accept a gubernatorial appointment to the Texas Railroad Commission, filling a seat vacated by Tony Garza,[2] who had resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.[4]

Carillo joined the Railroad Commission, the state's petroleum, natural gas, and pipeline regulatory body as an appointee of Governor Rick Perry. In 2004 he sought an elective term on the Railroad Commission, failing to win the primary outright, but winning the Republican nomination after a runoff against the politically unknown Robert Butler.[5] In that year's general election he won a full six-year term on the Commission, easily defeating Democrat Bob Scarborough.[6][7]

Carillo served on the Railroad Commission until 2011, when his elective term ended, he was a candidate for renomination in the statewide Republican primary election on March 2, 2010, but he was handily defeated by newcomer David J. Porter, an accountant from Giddings who received 732,892 votes (60.7 percent) to Carrillo's 474,096 (39.3 percent).[8] In the November 2, 2010, general election, Porter then defeated the Democrat Jeff Weems, an oil-and-gas lawyer from Houston.[9]

On his website as Railroad Commission chairman, Carrillo used the slogan "Promoting Texas Energy for All Texans", adding: "Texas is our nation’s premier energy producing state and the Texas energy sector plays a critical role in ensuring domestic energy security. At this critical stage in our nation’s energy security future, we must responsibly drill more in our own backyard to minimize foreign oil and gas imports."[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Chairman Victor G. Carrillo Biography". Texas Railroad Commission. Archived from the original on July 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Carrillo, Victor G." Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Victor G. Carrillo: Project Vote Smart". Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "Tony Garza". Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  5. ^ "Republican runoff primary returns, April 13, 2004". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "John-Laurent Tronche, "Victor G. Carrillo, Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas""., August 18, 2008. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 2, 2004". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Texas Republican primary election returns, March 2, 2010". Retrieved March 3, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Texas Democratic primary election returns, March 2, 2010". Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  10. ^ "Railroad Commission of Texas". Archived from the original on July 5, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Garza
Member of the Texas Railroad Commission
Succeeded by
David J. Porter
Preceded by
Michael L. Williams
Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Ames Jones