Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 7, 2013

Staples to make stop in Athens

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples rolls into Athens on Tuesday morning as part of his bid to become Lieutenant Governor

Staples plans to enter the 2014 Republican Primary for the seat that has been called the most powerful office in Texas government. His “Leadership for Texas” Bus Tour will hit more than 50 cities over the next several weeks.

Staples invites the public to join him at 8 a.m. at Henderson County Republican Headquarters at 112 N. Palestine St. Staples will discuss what he calls his record of consistent conservative leadership for the state, as well as his plans for the coming years. Staples also hopes to “gather ideas from local citizens about the future of the Lone Star State.”

Upon entering the Lt. Governor field, Staples said, “This race for lieutenant governor is not just about the next election. It’s about the next generation.”

The current holder of the seat, David Dewhurst, has been in office since 2003. Staples has been critical of Dewhurst’s leadership, especially in the last legislative session. 

“Texans are looking for new leaders to step forward,” Staples said.

Staples, a Palestine native, was in Athens in May as the keynote speaker for the Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour.  Staples, now in his second term as commissioner, is known in the area for his two terms as State Senator. Previously, he served on the Palestine City Council and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.

Staples got an early start in the world of agriculture. He was active in high school Future Farmers of America, and served as state FFA vice president.

Staples graduated with honors from Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Economics. His first races for public office were for the Palestine City Council, where he became Mayor Pro-Tem before running and winning the 3rd District State Senate seat.

Staples and his wife, Janet, have four children and three grandchildren.