Texas Land Commissioner

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Texas Land Commissioner
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $141,677,361
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Texas Constitution, Article 14, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Jerry Patterson.jpg
Name:  Jerry Patterson
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2, 2003
Compensation:  $145,200
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Texas Land Commissioner is a state executive position in the Texas state government. The Land Commissioner serves as the elected head of the General Land Office (GLO).

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."[1]

Land Commissioner is the "oldest, continuous elected position in Texas history."[2] Established in 1836, the office predates the Governor and all other state executive positions.

Current office holder

The current officeholder is Jerry Patterson.

Authority

The General Land Office is established in Article 14 of the state constitution.

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.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications to hold this office.

Vacancies

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."

Duties

See Energy policy in Texas for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.

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.

Elections

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.

Full History


Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Texas General Land Office Organizational Chart as of March 2013.

Divisions

  • History and Archives Division
  • Energy and Minerals Division
  • State Lands Division
  • Caring for the Coast Division
  • Veterans Land Board Division[3]

State budget

The budget for the General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board in Fiscal Year 2013 was $141,677,361.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the Texas Land Commissioner was paid an estimated $145,200. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2012

In 2012, the land commissioner was paid an estimated $145,200. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the Texas General Land Office Commissioner was paid an estimated 145,200 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

Since 1937, Texas has had 13 Commissioners of General Land Office.

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Contact information

Texas

Texas General Land Office
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Suite 935
Austin, Texas 78701

  • Phone: (512) 463-5001
  • Fax: (512) 475-1558

See also

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