On Wednesday, State Rep. James White (R–Hillister) announced his candidacy for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

In early June, he indicated he would not seek re-election to his House seat but left open the possibility of running for statewide office.

In his announcement, he said:

“Texas leads the nation in agriculture. Our state would not be the same without the hardworking farmers and ranchers that provide the fuel, fiber, and food for our nation. The combination of my proven conservative record, experience on agriculture issues, and commitment to integrity and ethics makes me the right candidate to steer this crucial agency back in the right direction.”

White has served as a state representative for six legislative sessions after first being elected in the fall of 2010.

In the 87th Legislative Session, White served as the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, where he authored a version of—and helped pass—constitutional carry. He also previously served as chairman of the House Corrections Committee in both the 86th (2019) and 85th (2017) legislative sessions.

“I had the honor of serving the U.S. Army with the Berlin Brigade during the demise of the Soviet Union, and saw first hand the destructive power of socialism,” said White. “Texas needs competent, statewide leaders who are willing to push back against false politically correct narratives, so we can [once] again be unified in our pride as Texans.”

Current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller (R) announced he would seek re-election last week after teasing a potential run for Texas governor. If he wins, this would be his third term in the position after previously serving in the Texas House of Representatives.