Courtesy: Williams for Texas

Michael Williams, the former Railroad Commission chairman who is well known for his affinity for bow ties, could be the next Commissioner of Education. A story in the Quorum Report says Williams has emerged as a "viable contender" to replace Robert Scott. Monday was Scott’s last day at the Texas Education Agency.

Williams recently lost the Republican primary for Congressional district 25. There were more than 10 candidates in the crowded field, Roger Williams and Wes Riddle are in a runoff for that district. Williams resigned from the Railroad Commission in 2011. He was appointed to an open seat on the Railroad Commission in 1998 by then-Governor George W. Bush.

The Quorum Report notes that Rep. Wayne Christian has been promoting State Board of Education member Charlie Garza to replace Scott.