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This page details the method of selecting agriculture commissioners across the country, which is available by clicking here. There is also an election history detailing Ballotpedia's coverage of agriculture commissioner elections dating back to 2010. Ballotpedia also covers the U.S. Department of Agriculture through our Federal Affairs portal.
|Quick facts about Agriculture Commissioners|
The chart below is a breakdown of the political parties pertaining to the state executive office of agriculture commissioner. The office is nonpartisan in all states where the position is appointed by the governor, which is why there are relatively few states where the party-affiliation is shown. For other state executive offices, click here.
|Counts current as of March 2015. If you see an error, please email us|
List of current commissioners
Elected vs. appointed
As it currently stands, there are two methods of selection used for the position of state agriculture commissioner: statewide election or gubernatorial appointment.
While the vast majority of the states that have agriculture commissioners authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the position, there are at least 12 others which have opted to hold statewide elections to determine who serves as commissioner. These states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
- See also: State executive official elections, 2015
- Main article: State executive official elections, 2014
Seven states held regularly scheduled agriculture commissioner elections in the 2014 electoral cycle: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Dakota, South Carolina and Texas. Republicans entered the election with all seven seats and retained these offices on November 4, 2014. Six incumbents ran for re-election and won while Sid Miller (R) replaced Todd Staples (R) in Texas.
There were no agriculture commissioner elections in 2013.
- Main article: State executive official elections, 2012
No party changes resulted from either election. Incumbent Steve Troxler (R) won re-election in North Carolina and Walt Helmick (D) won election in West Virginia, replacing former officeholder Gus Douglass (D).
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- National Association of State Departments of Agriculture