Barry Smitherman is a proven leader with strong conservative values that stands up to the federal government to defend Texans and the Texas Constitution. He has substantial experience in both the private and public sectors. As Texas Attorney General, Barry will use his conservative values and experiences to enforce our laws and secure our border. He is a passionate fighter for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Barry and his wife, Marijane, have been happily married for 27 years and are the proud parents of four wonderful children.
Barry is a licensed attorney who served as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Smitherman focused on keeping families safe by specializing in prosecuting family assaults and drunk driving cases.
Prior to his service in the public sector, Barry spent seventeen years in the private sector working in public finance. Barry distinguished himself by helping state and local governments save hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money.
As Chairman of the Public Utility Commission, Smitherman helped make the Texas electric market the most competitive and free market based system in the world, all while cutting costs and eliminating unnecessary expenditures.
Barry Smitherman won statewide election to the Railroad Commission of Texas in November 2012 with 74% of the vote. He was previously appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Commission in July 2011.
Lake Hills Church.
He worked his way through college and law school and earned degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law.