|Texas Agriculture Commissioner|
|January 7, 2015 - present|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Texas State House, District 59|
|2001 - 2013|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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 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.
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture (2015-present)
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noted that the amnesty is a reminder that the state's strict policies regarding sugary foods in public schools were repealed in July 2014.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."
Texas House of Representatives (2001-2013)
Miller served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
- Business & Industry Committee
- House Administration Committee
- Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee Chair
- State Sovereignty, Select Committee
Miller's website highlighted the following campaign themes in 2012:
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.
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. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
Musician Ted Nugent served as co-chairman and treasurer of Miller's campaign.
|Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014|
|J. Allen Carnes||12.4%||148,222|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.|
|Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary Runoff, 2014|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.|
|Texas Agriculture Commissioner, 2014|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.|
- Texas Right to Life PAC
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.
|Texas House of Representatives District 59 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Sid Miller (advanced to runoff) Incumbent||42.5%||7,778|
|J.D. Sheffield (advanced to runoff)||41.5%||7,599|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 59 |
2010 General election results
|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. Miller raised $319,691 for his campaign; Casbeer raised $64,428.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 59|
|Sid Miller (R)||28,482||61.64%|
|Ernie Casbeer (D)||16,546||35.80%|
|Coy Reynolds (L)||1,178||2.54%|
Miller raised a total of $118,348 in 2010. Below are Miller's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Huckabee, Christopher M.||$5,000|
|Texas Oil and Gas Association||$5,000|
|Texas Nursery & Landscape Association||$2,750|
Below are Miller's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|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
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." 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Sid + Miller + Texas + Agriculture"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Texas Department of Agriculture office website
- Official campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Miller
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 59 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Texas Conservative Coalition profile
- Sid Miller on Facebook
- Texas Department of Agriculture, "Sid Miller Takes Oath of Office as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture," January 7, 2015
- CSPAN "July 31, 2012 Primary Runoff Results"
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Miller
- The Washington Post, "The new Texas Agriculture Commissioner’s first act in office? Granting amnesty to cupcakes," January 13, 2015
- sidmillerfortexas.com - Issues
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Miller
- Empower Texans, "2014 Endorsements," November 19, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Ted Nugent To Serve As Co-Chairman, Treasurer Of Sid Miller's Campaign In Texas," October 23, 2013
- Texas Right to Life, "Texas Right to Life begins 2014 endorsement process," November 4, 2013
- Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- Official Texas Election Results (timed out) (timed out)
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
- District 59 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Follow the Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed January 1, 2015
- Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed November 20, 2014
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
Todd Staples (R)
|Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
| Succeeded by|
|Texas House District 59
| Succeeded by|
J.D. Sheffield (R)
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