Sid Miller

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Sid Miller
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner
In office
January 7, 2015 - present
Term ends
Years in position 0
Base salary$137,500
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 59
2001 - 2013
High schoolFriendswood
Bachelor'sBaylor University
Office website
Campaign website
Sid Miller is the current Republican Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He was first elected to the office 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.[1]

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


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]

Political career

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture (2015-present)

Miller first won election to the commissioner's office on November 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2015.[1]

Amnesty for sugary foods

Miller made national news by granting amnesty to cupcakes and other sweet foods during his first day in office. During a press conference on January 7, the new commissioner noted that the amnesty is a reminder that the state's strict policies regarding sugary foods in public schools were repealed in July 2014. Former commissioner Susan Combs initiated a policy in 2004 that prohibited foods with high amount of sugar and fat in public schools. Miller noted that the decision was more about local control than "force-feeding cupcakes to our children," and criticized the old policy by saying, "If you ask me, that sounds like something from the Obama administration."[4]

Texas House of Representatives (2001-2013)

Miller represented District 59 in the Texas House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.[1]

Committee assignments


Miller served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes

Miller's website highlighted the following campaign themes in 2012:[5]

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.[6]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Miller ran for election to the office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Miller came in first for the Republican nomination in the primary on March 4 and defeated Tommy Merritt in the runoff on May 27. Miller was endorsed by Empower Texans.[7] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Musician Ted Nugent served as co-chairman and treasurer of Miller's campaign.[8]


Primary election
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 34.6% 411,560
Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Merritt 20.9% 249,440
Eric Opiela 17.4% 207,222
Joe Cotton 14.6% 174,348
J. Allen Carnes 12.4% 148,222
Total Votes 1,190,792
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.
Primary runoff
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 53.2% 364,756
Tommy Merritt 46.8% 320,835
Total Votes 685,591
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.
General election
Texas Agriculture Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 58.6% 2,698,694
     Democrat Jim Hogan 36.8% 1,697,083
     Libertarian Rocky Palmquist 2.9% 132,511
     Green Kenneth Kendrick 1.7% 77,548
Total Votes 4,605,836
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.


  • Texas Right to Life PAC[9]


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.[10][11][12]

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


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.[13]

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%


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.[14] Miller raised $319,691 for his campaign; Casbeer raised $64,428.[15]

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


Miller raised a total of $118,348 in 2010. Below are Miller's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[16]

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


Below are Miller's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[17]

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


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

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."[18] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


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."


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.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Todd Staples (R)
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Texas House District 59
Succeeded by
J.D. Sheffield (R)