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Todd Staples
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Former officeholder
In office
2007 - 2015
PredecessorSusan Combs (R)
Base salary$137,500
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2007
Campaign $$10,529,467
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Texas State Senate
2001 – 2007
Texas House of Representatives
1995 – 2001
Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Palestine, Texas
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University (1984)
Date of birthNovember 13, 1957
Place of birthPalestine, Texas
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Todd Staples (b. August 24, 1963 in Palestine, TX) is the former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Staples, a Republican, assumed office in 2007 and won a second term in November 2010.[1] He did not seek re-election to the office in 2014 and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor.


Staples served on the nonpartisan Palestine City Council from 1989 to 1991. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election to replace Elton Bomer, who had been appointed state insurance commissioner by Governor George W. Bush. In 2000, Staples entered the race for the Texas Senate seat vacated by Drew Nixon. Staples was unopposed for the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner in 2006 when the incumbent Susan Combs was elected state Comptroller.[2]


  • B.S. in agricultural economics, Texas A&M University, (1984)

Political career

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture (2007-2015)

Staples served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture from 2007 to 2015. He was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.



See also: Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Staples ran for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the 2014 election.[3][4]

Staples lost the primary on March 4.

  • Primary
Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 41.4% 552,692
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 28.3% 377,856
Todd Staples 17.8% 236,949
Jerry Patterson 12.5% 166,399
Total Votes 1,333,896
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.


Staples won re-election in the November 2, 2010, election, defeating Democratic candidate Hank Gilbert and Libertarian Rick Donaldson.[5]

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Staples Incumbent 60.8% 2,953,775
     Democratic Hank Gilbert 35.8% 1,738,456
     Libertarian Rick Donaldson 3.4% 164,035
Total Votes 4,856,266
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State

2013 Todd Staples for Lt. Gov. ad


On November 7, 2006, Todd Staples won election to the office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He defeated Hank Gilbert (D) and Clay Woolam (L) in the general election.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Staples 54.8% 2,307,406
     Democratic Hank Gilbert 41.8% 1,760,402
     Libertarian Clay Woolam 3.4% 144,989
Total Votes 4,212,797
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Staples is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Staples raised a total of $10,529,467 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[6]

Todd Staples's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $1,840,235
2010 TX Agriculture Commissioner Won $1,742,941
2008 TX Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $496,543
2006 TX Agriculture Commissioner Won $2,207,928
2004 TX State Senate Not up for election $390,211
2002 TX State Senate Won $348,999
2000 TX State Senate Won $3,447,376
1998 TX House of Representatives Won $55,234
Grand Total Raised $10,529,467


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Todd Staples's donors each year.[7] Click [show] for more information.


Staples grew up in Palestine, TX. He graduated from Palestine High School as an active member of the Future Farmers of America. He owned a nursery business and a real estate business. He is also a former instructor at Trinity Valley Community College. Staples and his wife, Janet, have four grown children and three grandchildren.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Combs (R)
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Sid Miller (R)
Preceded by
Texas State Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Texas House of Representatives
Succeeded by