Texas Land Commissioner
|Texas Land Commissioner|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$141,677,361|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Texas Constitution, Article 14, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 2, 2003|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Texas Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Comptroller • Auditor • Education Commissioner • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Land Commissioner • Workforce Commission • Public Utility Commission • Railroad Commission|
The GLO's mission statement is: "The Texas General Land Office serves the schoolchildren, veterans, and all people of Texas by preserving their history, protecting their environment, expanding economic opportunity, and maximizing state revenue through innovative administration and prudent stewardship of state lands and resources."
Land Commissioner is the "oldest, continuous elected position in Texas history." Established in 1836, the office predates the Governor and all other state executive positions.
Current office holder
The current officeholder is Jerry Patterson.
Article 14, Section 1:
|There shall be one General Land Office in the State, which shall be at the seat of government, where all land titles which have emanated or may hereafter emanate from the State shall be registered, except those titles the registration of which may be prohibited by this Constitution. It shall be the duty of the Legislature at the earliest practicable time to make the Land Office self sustaining, and from time to time the Legislature may establish such subordinate offices as may be deemed necessary.|
There are no specific qualifications to hold this office.
Under Article 4, Section 12 of the state constitution, "all vacancies in State or district offices, except members of the Legislature, shall be filled unless otherwise provided by law by appointment of the Governor."
1. Superintend, control, and direct the official conduct of subordinate officers of the land office
2. Execute and perform all acts relating to public real property of the state or rights of individuals in public real property which is required by law
3. Make and enforce suitable rules consistent with the law; and
4. Give information when required to the governor and the legislature relating to public real property and the land office.
As a member of the Texas Executive Department, under Article 14 of the state constitution, the land commissioner is elected "by the qualified voters of the State at the time and places of election for members of the Legislature." In Texas, the land commissioner is elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Texas Land Commissioner, Click [show] to expand the section.
- History and Archives Division
- Energy and Minerals Division
- State Lands Division
- Caring for the Coast Division
- Veterans Land Board Division
The budget for the General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board in Fiscal Year 2013 was $141,677,361.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Since 1937, Texas has had 13 Commissioners of General Land Office.
Click "show" for former officeholders.
|#||Name||Took office||Left office|
|#||James E. Rudder||1955||1956|
|#||William H. McDonald||1937||1939|
|#||Richard M. Hall||1887||1891|
|#||Richard M. Hall||1887||1891|
|#||Johann Jacob Groos||1878||1887|
|#||Johann Jacob Groos||1874||1878|
|#||Francis M. White||1865||1866|
|#||Francis M. White||1858||1862|
|#||George Washington Smith||1848||1851|
|#||Thomas William Ward||1841||1848|
|#||Henry W. Raglin||1840||1841|
|#||John P. Borden||1937||1940|
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Texas General Land Office
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
- Phone: (512) 463-5001
- Fax: (512) 475-1558
- Texas General Land Office, "What We Do", Accessed Dec 21, 2011
- Texas General Land Office, "The Commissioner", Accessed Dec 21, 2011
- What we do, accessed November 7, 2011.
- Legislative Reference Library of Texas , "General Appropriations Act for the 2012-2013 Biennium," accessed April 6, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved November 4, 2011