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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? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs
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2007 No[3] Republican Party Glenn Hegar
Democratic Party Mike Collier
Libertarian Party Ben Sanders
Green Party Deb Shafto
Republican Party Glenn Hegar No
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
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2003 Ran for Lieutenant Governor[4] Republican Party George P. Bush
Democratic Party John Cook
Libertarian Party Justin Knight
Green Party Ulises Cabrera
Republican Party George P. Bush No
Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples
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2003 Ran for Lieutenant Governor[5] Republican Party Sid Miller
Democratic Party Jim Hogan
Libertarian Party Rocky Palmquist
Green Party Kenneth Kendrick
Republican Party Sid Miller No
Railroad Commission Barry Smitherman
Barry Smitherman.jpg
2011 Running for attorney general[6] Republican Party Ryan Sitton
Democratic Party Steve Brown
Mark Miller
Martina Salinas
Republican Party Ryan Sitton No

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
December 9, 2013 Filing deadline for candidates
March 4, 2014 Primary election
May 27, 2014 Primary run-off election
November 4, 2014 General election
January 20, 2015 Inauguration

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 [13]
  • 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. [14]
  • 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. [15]

Campaign ads



Texas Comptroller - Republican Primary
Poll Debra Medina Raul TorresGlenn HegarHarvey HilderbranDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

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:[28]

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

Railroad Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Barry Smitherman - Running for attorney general[6]




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


  1. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  2. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1, "Comptroller Combs will not run for any statewide office in 2014," May 29, 2013 (dead link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Associated Press, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
  5. Dallas News, "Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says next lieutenant governor should be new leader," July 11, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Texas Tribune, "Smitherman to Announce Run For Attorney General," June 24, 2013
  7. Community Impact Newspaper, "Glenn Hegar plans candidacy for state comptroller," June 5, 2013
  8. Texas Tribune, "Hilderbran Launches Campaign for Comptroller," August 20, 2013
  9. Medina for Texas, "Campaign website," accessed July 24, 2013
  10. Rio Grande Guardian, "Torres: I am running for Texas Comptroller," May 29, 2013
  11. Burnt Orange Report, "Mike Collier, Democrat and Businessman, Steps Up for Texas Comptroller," August 23, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Politics1, "Texas," accessed November 12, 2013
  13. Taxes
  14. Education
  15. 2011 BRE
  16. KFYO, "Texas Land Commissioner Candidate David Watts Says Land Commissioner Needs An Executive, Not A Politician [AUDIO," July 25, 2013]
  17. KVIA, "Former mayor John Cook running for Texas Land Commissioner," September 2, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Texas Tribune, "Libertarian Kathie Glass Announces Bid for Governor," October 2, 2013
  19. Dallas Morning News, "Uvalde mayor, J. Allen Carnes, makes bid for agriculture commissioner official," September 5, 2013
  20. News-Journal, "Former lawmaker ponders bid for state agriculture commissioner," July 26, 2013
  22. Miami Herald, "Fmr state Rep. Miller enters ag commissioner race," October 17, 2013
  23. KVUE, "Kinky Friedman announces bid in TX Ag race," October 14, 2013
  24. Texas Democrats, " Texas Democrats Running for Office," November 9, 2013
  25. Facebook, " Rocky Palmquist," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Dallas Morning News, "Rep. Brandon Creighton Announces Bid for Agriculture Commissioner," August 9, 2013
  27. Burnt Orange Report, "Agriculture Commissioner: Rep. Brandon Creighton (R) Quits Race; Sid Miller (R) Returns," October 17, 2013
  28. Texas Department of Agriculture, "What does the TDA do?" accessed December 27, 2011
  29. Texas Civil Justice League PAC, "Geologist Becky Berger To Seek Republican Nomination For Texas Railroad Commissioner," July 2, 2013
  30. My West Texas, "Railroad Commission candidate seeks supporters in Midland," June 26, 2013
  31. Midlothian Mirror, "Keller announces bid for Texas Railroad Commission," July 31, 2013
  32. Guidry News, "Joe Pool for Texas Railroad Commissioner Campaign," July 21, 2013
  33. Panola Watchman, "Wayne Christian to run for Texas Railroad Commission," September 13, 2013
  34. Texas GOP Vote, "Oilfield Engineer Ryan Sitton Enters Crowded Field in Race for Texas Railroad Commission," September 26, 2013
  35. Texas Tribune, "Steve Brown to Run for Railroad Commissioner," November 8, 2013
  36. Dallas Morning News, "Texas Rep. Stefani Carter announces bid for Railroad Commissioner," July 8, 2013
  37. Dallas Morning News, "Stefani Carter drops bid for Railroad Commission," October 22, 2013
  38. Billy for Agriculture Commissioner, "About Billy," accessed July 12, 2013