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Sid Miller

Sidney Carroll "Sid" Miller

12th Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2, 2015
Preceded by Douglas Todd Staples

Texas State Representative
for District 59
In office
January 2001 – January 8, 2013
Preceded by David Lengefeld
Succeeded by Jesse David "J. D." Sheffield, II

Born September 6, 1955
De Leon
Comanche County, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debra Miller
Children Two children
Religion Cowboy Church

Sidney Carroll Miller (born September 6, 1955) has been since 2015 the Republican agriculture commissioner for the state of Texas, a position filled prior to 1999 by former Governor Rick Perry.

A native of De Leon in Comanche County and a resident of Stephenville in Erath County, he was nominated and elected in 2014 to succeed the two-term commissioner Douglas Todd Staples of Palestine, Texas, who instead ran for lieutenant governor in a contest dominated by Dan Patrick. He defeated four primary opponents, including former state Representative Thomas Charles "Tommy" Merritt (born 1948) of Longview. Prior to his tenure as agriculture commissioner, Miller was from 2001 to 2013 the state representative for District 59 in Central Texas. As a legislator, he compiled a generally conservative record.

Miller graduated in 1973 De Leon High School and received an Associate of Arts degree from Cisco Junior College in Cisco, Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from Tarleton State University in Stephenville. [1] Miller breeds American Quarter Horses. He holds nine world championship titles from the United States Calf Roping Association.[2] He is known for his presence on social media, on which he has made numerous controversial statements.[3]

In 2000, with the victory in Texas of George W. Bush as U.S. President, Miller was the only Republican candidate in Texas to unseat a Democrat lawmaker, when he toppled David Lengefield of Hamilton County, 18,568 (54.4 percent) to 15,561 (45.6 percent).[4] His fortunes changed drastically in 2012, when he himself was unseated in the Republican primary election by the Gatesville physician Jesse David "J. D." Sheffield, II, a Moderate Republican who still holds the District 59 seat.

In 2015, shortly after taking office as agriculture commissioner, Miller traveled to Oklahoma to receive an injection called "the Jesus shot" which claims an end to pain. He reimbursed the state for the travel expenses after the media exposed the story.[3]

In October 2015, Miller directed his department to raise 117 different fees impacting registration. licensing, and inspection. He claimed the $11 million in increases was required to compensate for the costs of regulations. The San Antonio Express-News urged Miller to drop the increases and proposed that the state legislature to determine whether agricultural department funding is adequate.[5] In 2017, Miller proposed another $5 million in fee increases, what he called "essential money" to offset legislative cuts.[6]

In the Republican primary held on March 6, 2018, Miller led a three-candidate field with 758,548 (55.8 percent). In second place was Jim Hogan, a farmer and insurance agent from Cleburne in Johnson County who sought the position in 2014 as a Democrat, polled 309,384 votes (22.8 percent). Trey Blocker, an Austin attorney and lobbyist, trailed with 290,494 (21.4 percent) Miller now faces the Democrat Kim Olson, who was unopposed for her party's nomination. Though Olson polled 120,944 more primary votes than did Miller, the overall Republican turnout was 1,358,536 votes compared to the Democrats' 879,492.[7]Station KVIA in El Paso correctly predicted that Miller would defeat Olson in the November 6 general election.

References

  1. Sidney Carroll Miller. Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on February 21, 2014.
  2. Exclusive: Meet The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Advising Trump On Agriculture. Retrieved on March 8, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Miller wins Texas Agriculture Commissioner [re-nomination]. KVIA.com (March 6, 2018). Retrieved on March 8, 2018.
  4. General election returns. Texas Secretary of State (November 5, 2000). Retrieved on March 8, 2018.
  5. "Fee hikes another bad Sid Miller idea", San Antonio Express-News, November 14, 2015, p. A14.
  6. Brian M. Rosenthal, "Ag commissioner might increase fees again," San Antonio Express-News, March 5, 2017, p. A4.
  7. Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (March 6, 2018). Retrieved on March 8, 2018.