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Tommy Merritt
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Candidate for
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives District 7
1997 - 2011
ProfessionFounder, Gregg Industrial Insulators
Campaign website
Tommy Merritt is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 7 from 1997 to 2011.

Merritt is running for election as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in 2014.


Merritt is the Founder of Gregg Industrial Insulators, and previously worked as a Postal Inspector for the United States Postal Service from 1971-1974. Before his election to the House, Merritt's political experience consisted of being Chairman/Director of the Gregg County Appraisal Board from 1986-1993. He is a member of the First Baptist Church, Junior Achievement of East Texas, Rail Working Group - National Conference of State Legislators, Turn Around Kilgore, and Turn Around Longview.[1]

Committee assignments

  • HB 3333 - Relating to the creation and operation of the Texas-Louisiana border region economic development steering committee; authorizing an assessment.
  • HB 3650 - Relating to the creation, administration, powers, duties, operations, and financing of a border region higher-speed rail authority for the Texas-Louisiana and the Texas-Mexico border regions; granting the power to issue bonds; imposing a tax; granting the power of eminent domain.
  • HB 3987 - Relating to the administration of certain provisions affecting the licensing of persons to carry a concealed handgun.
  • HB 4036 - Relating to public safety and the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards.[2]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Merritt is running for election as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in 2014. [3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Merritt ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 7. Merritt was defeated by David Simpson in the May 29 Republican primary election.[4][5][6]

Texas House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Simpson Incumbent 61.6% 10,258
Tommy Merritt 38.4% 6,384
Total Votes 16,642


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

In the March 2 primary election, Merrit was defeated in the race for the Republican nomination. David Simpson defeated Merrit by a margin of 7,891-7,032.[7]


On November 4, 2008, Merritt won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 7th District, defeating Joey Stroman (L). Merritt received 40,671 votes in the election while Stroman received 5,368 votes.[8] Merritt raised $59,072 for his campaign; Stroman raised $450.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 7
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tommy Merritt (R) 40,671 88.34%
Joey Stroman (L) 5,368 11.65%

Campaign donors

Below are Merritt's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
TXU Corp $5,000
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Eckerman $3,000
American Electric Power $3,000
Time Warner $3,000
Licensed Beverage Distributors $2,750

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 7
Succeeded by
David Simpson(R)