Richard "Kinky" Friedman

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Richard "Kinky" Friedman
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Former Candidate
BirthdayNovember 1, 1944
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
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Richard "Kinky" Friedman (b. November 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) was a Democratic candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in the 2014 elections. He previously ran for Governor in 2006 as an independent.


A rancher, musician, actor and writer, Friedman became known for his irreverent and satirical country songs during the 1970s. He has written for Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly magazines, as well as penning several novels.[1]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Friedman ran for election to the office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Friedman came in second for the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014. He lost to Jim Hogan in a runoff on May 27.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

  • Primary
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard "Kinky" Friedman 37.7% 184,971
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hogan 38.8% 190,200
Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, III 23.5% 114,945
Total Votes 490,116
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
  • Runoff
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Richard "Kinky" Friedman 46.4% 85,281
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hogan 53.6% 98,489
Total Votes 183,770
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.


See also: Texas gubernatorial election, 2006

Friedman previously ran for Governor of Texas in 2006 as an independent.[3] Friedman earned over 500,000 votes, netting him 12.4% of the vote and fourth place among five candidates.[4]

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