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Sid Miller
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Candidate for
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 59
2001 - 2013
Education
High schoolFriendswood
Bachelor'sBaylor University
Websites
Campaign website
Sid Miller is a Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in the 2014 elections.[1]

Miller is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 59 from 2001 to 2013. Prior to his election to the House, he served on the board of the Stephenville Independent School District from 1999 to 2000.

Miller was defeated by J.D. Sheffield in the July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff election.[2]

Biography

Miller has served as owner of Miller Christmas Stores, Lone Oak Farms, and the Miller Nursery and Tree Company. He was also a vocational agriculture teacher from 1978-1983.

Miller is a member of a number of organizations, including Tarleton State University Alumni Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, Associated General Contractors of America, American Nursery and Landscape Association, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, National Energy Council, and the National Rifle Association.[3]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Miller served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

Miller's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Cutting Unemployment and Boosting the Economy

  • Excerpt:"A local business owner, Sid Miller understands low taxes and small government keep our economy strong"

Putting a Stop to Illegal Immigration and Tightening Our Border Security

  • Excerpt:"As chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, Sid Miller fights to keep us secure."

Keeping Education a Top Priority

  • Excerpt:"Sid Miller is a former schoolteacher who knows quality education starts in the classroom"

Cutting Government Spending

  • Excerpt:"Putting his money where is mouth is, when Sid Miller voted to cut state spending, he didn’t raise taxes and he cut his own state office budget. "

  • HB 377 - Relating to the creation and funding of the Texas Rural Job Development Fund.
  • HB 778 - Relating to the prosecution by the attorney general of campaign finance offenses alleged to have been committed in connection with a state office or an election on a constitutional amendment.
  • HB 835 - Relating to requiring a candidate for public office to provide proof of citizenship.
  • HB 836 - Relating to hunting of feral hogs by helicopter.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Miller is running for election to the office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Miller came in first for the Republican nomination in the primary on March 4 and now faces Tommy Merritt in the runoff on May 27. Miller has been endorsed by Empower Texans.[6] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Musician Ted Nugent is serving as co-chairman and treasurer of Miller's campaign.[7]

  • Primary
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
J. Allen Carnes 12.4% 147,599
Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Merritt 21% 248,568
Eric Opiela 17.4% 206,383
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 34.6% 410,273
Joe Cotton 14.6% 173,380
Total Votes 1,186,203
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Endorsements

  • Texas Right to Life PAC[8]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Miller ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 59. The primary election took place on May 29, 2012 and the primary runoff was on July 31. Miller was defeated by J.D. Sheffield in the primary runoff.[9][10][11]

Texas House of Representatives District 59 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller (advanced to runoff) Incumbent 42.5% 7,778
Green check mark transparent.pngJ.D. Sheffield (advanced to runoff) 41.5% 7,599
Mike Jones 16% 2,932
Total Votes 18,309

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Miller won re-election in District 59 in 2010. He defeated J.D. Sheffield in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated independent Will Bratton in the November 2 general election.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 59
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Sid Miller (R) 19,985 74.87%
Will Bratton (I) 6,707 25.12%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Miller won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 59th District, defeating Ernie Casbeer (D) and Coy Reynolds (L). Miller received 28,482 votes while Casbeer received 16,546 votes, and Reynolds received 1,178 votes.[13] Miller raised $319,691 for his campaign; Casbeer raised $64,428.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 59
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Sid Miller (R) 28,482 61.64%
Ernie Casbeer (D) 16,546 35.80%
Coy Reynolds (L) 1,178 2.54%

Campaign donors

2010

Miller raised a total of $118,348 in 2010. Below are Miller's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[15]

Contributor 2010 total
Huckabee, Christopher M. $5,000
Texas Oil and Gas Association $5,000
Huston, Weldon $5,000
Atmos Energy $4,000
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association $2,750

2008

Below are Miller's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[16]

Contributor 2008 total
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $47,500
Stars Over Texas PAC $30,000
Bob J Perry $20,000
John or Barbara Nau III $10,000
Smith & Associates LLP - Todd Smith $10,000

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[17] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

Sid Miller received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Miller was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[18]

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Personal

Miller and his wife, Debra, live in Stephenville where their two sons Truett and Joseph, along with Joseph's wife Kelly, are all graduates of Tarleton State University. Debra is a teacher and founder of Erath Excels Academy with campuses in Stephenville and Taft. The Millers are active members of the Erath County Cowboy Church, where Sid serves as an Elder.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Texas House District 59
2001–2013
Succeeded by
J.D. Sheffield (R)