87th LegislatureElections 2022State HouseState Rep. James White Announces Campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

Rep. James White will challenge Sid Miller in the Republican primary to be the nominee for Texas’ agriculture commissioner.
and June 30, 2021
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State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) announced on Wednesday that he would be running to be Texas’ Agriculture Commissioner in the 2022 elections.

“As many have wisely observed, ‘as goes Texas, so goes the nation,’ and Texas has never been more under assault. From out-of-state liberals spending millions to turn Texas blue to a Biden Administration that is seeking to cripple our state financially and erase our rich culture, Texas needs leaders with the boldness of President Donald Trump to fight back and hold the line,” said White in a press release.

“That is why I am excited to announce today that I am running to be your next Agriculture Commissioner.”

First elected as a state representative in 2010, White announced that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election to the legislature earlier this year but hinted at a possibility of running for a statewide position.

White chairs the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee — on which he played a pivotal role in passing the constitutional carry legislation this past session.

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He later said on the Chad Hasty Show that he liked “the idea of being in the position to promote and protect Texas’ number one largest industry in the state,” agriculture.

Sid Miller, who has held the position since 2015, was rumored to be angling for higher office but ultimately decided to run for re-election. Throughout the recent session, Miller was highly critical of the legislature and especially the chamber of which White is a member.

Miller voiced a radio spot critical of White’s colleague, Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock), for allegedly slow-walking the bill that would ban child gender modifications in Texas. Miller walked back his support for the ad but then doubled down on its accuracy after the House failed to advance the legislation.

He has also sued both the governor over a unilateral extension of early voting and the lieutenant governor over the Senate’s coronavirus restriction policy.

The agriculture commissioner heads the Texas Department of Agriculture, which says that its “key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living.”

Agriculture is one of the largest industries in Texas, both in terms of employment and gross-domestic-product.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.