Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Texas Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Texas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner

Table of contents
Land Commissioner
Agriculture Commissioner
Railroad Commissioner
Key deadlines
Recent news
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Four down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Texas in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[1][2]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs
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2007 No[3]
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
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2003 Running for Lt. Governor[4]
Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples
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2003 Running for Lt. Governor[5]
Railroad Commission Barry Smitherman
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2011 Running for attorney general[6]

Comptroller of Public Accounts

Current incumbent

Republican Party Susan Combs (Retiring)[3]


The Comptroller is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the state. The office of Comptroller pays bills, writes checks, and manages the books for the multi-billion dollar business of Texas state government.

  • Taxes-The Texas Comptroller's office serves the state by collecting more than 60 separate taxes, fees and assessments [7]
  • Education-The Comptroller's office administers the state's 529 plans and promotes local economic growth by identifying and fostering work force development initiatives across the state. [8]
  • Revenue Estimates-The Comptrollers office produces the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) before each session of the Texas Legislature. The report gives the Legislature a formal estimate of future available funds so that a budget may be made. The most recent BRE was published in 2011. [9]

Land Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Jerry Patterson - Retiring in 2014 to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas[4]


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.


Agriculture Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Todd Staples


The commissioner of agriculture performs specific duties in the following several different areas:[10]

  • Consumer Protection
  • Production Agriculture
  • Healthy Living
  • Economic Development:

Railroad Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party David Porter


The Commission is responsible for overseeing and regulating the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining in the state of Texas.

See also