Tribpedia: Sid Miller

Some Statewide Officials Build Big War Chests

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, l, applauds as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is introduced Feb. 17, 2015 prior to his State of the State speech.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, l, applauds as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is introduced Feb. 17, 2015 prior to his State of the State speech.

It may be the political offseason, but some statewide officials are already building sizable war chests with more than two years until they are up for re-election. Towering over the crowd is Gov. Greg Abbott, who has a whopping $28.6 million saved up for re-election after raising $8.7 million during the first half of this year.

Retailers who measure consumer goods must register their scales with the state.
Retailers who measure consumer goods must register their scales with the state.

Ag Commissioner Takes on Weighty Issue

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is working on a roundup. Instead of cattle, he's eyeing wayward herds of retailers who may have neglected to register their scales with the state of Texas.

Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.

Sid Miller Says Campaign Finance Probes Going Nowhere

Four complaints were filed against Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in 2014 involving his campaign finance reports as a state legislator. One investigation has been closed, and Miller says he expects the other three to be dismissed. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (l.) and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Both spoke at the state GOP convention in Dallas Texas on May 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (l.) and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Both spoke at the state GOP convention in Dallas Texas on May 14, 2016.

Analysis: A Place at the Table for Two Texas Republicans Under Fire

The two statewide officials whose halos have slipped got a couple of the least-prominent speaking spots at the Texas GOP convention. They weren’t the stars of this show, but the GOP faithful appear to be giving both the benefit of the doubt.

Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.

Texas Ag Chief Wore Two Hats at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

As Texas agriculture events go, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was a must-do for state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and his staff. But Miller had more than an industry interest. He also had a personal one.

Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.

Analysis: Sid Miller's Lonely Political Rodeo

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's itch for public attention earned him his latest headline, aided by his overdeveloped political reflex for deflecting blame. But the attention comes at an inopportune time.

A new fuel pump sticker issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture puts tax blame on Congress and the Legislature while placing Commissioner Sid Miller's name in greater prominence.
A new fuel pump sticker issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture puts tax blame on Congress and the Legislature while placing Commissioner Sid Miller's name in greater prominence.

With New Pump Stickers, Miller Boosts Profile, Dings Lawmakers

A new sticker for the state's gas pumps comes with a few additional flourishes: Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's name emblazoned across the top and a disclaimer blaming gas taxes on Congress and the Texas Legislature. 

 

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller looks on during a lunchtime "Faith at Work" session at the Stephen F. Austin state office building. Such weekly meetings are organized by Michael Tummillo, who Miller named the official volunteer chaplain at the Department of Agriculture.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller looks on during a lunchtime "Faith at Work" session at the Stephen F. Austin state office building. Such weekly meetings are organized by Michael Tummillo, who Miller named the official volunteer chaplain at the Department of Agriculture.

Sid Miller: Complaints Over Rodeo, "Jesus Shot" are Harassment

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Wednesday called complaints filed against him over questions surrounding two taxpayer-funded out-of-state trips "harassment."

From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Analysis: A Tough Day for the Class of 2014 in Texas Politics

Some of the state officeholders elected in 2014 face struggles to gain control of their government, political and legal duties. They're looking like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, or the 1962 Mets. But the stakes are more serious than that.

Former longtime House member and current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at TTEvents on Mar. 10, 2016.
Former longtime House member and current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at TTEvents on Mar. 10, 2016.

Sid Miller's Communications Director Resigns

Lucy Nashed, communications director for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, has resigned after the agriculture department gave contradictory reports on whether Miller had used state funds to compete in a rodeo.

Michael Tummillo (right), the official volunteer chaplain at the Texas Department of Agriculture,  joins hands in prayer with attendees at a weekly "Faith at Work" gathering at the Stephen F. Austin state office building.
Michael Tummillo (right), the official volunteer chaplain at the Texas Department of Agriculture, joins hands in prayer with attendees at a weekly "Faith at Work" gathering at the Stephen F. Austin state office building.

With Chaplain, Texas Agriculture Chief Brings Faith to Work

Since naming an official volunteer chaplain at his agency, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has reserved a place for Christianity in the Stephen F. Austin building, and invited his employees to join.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller during a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs hearing on Dec. 8, 2015.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller during a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs hearing on Dec. 8, 2015.

Ex-Texas Agriculture Commission Worker Alleges Discrimination

Shelia Latting, who is black, filed a lawsuit in state district court in Travis County Tuesday, claiming she lost her job a year ago as deputy chief financial officer due to racial discrimination at the agency.  

 

 

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller testifies during a hearing of the state Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs on Dec. 8, 2015. He defended a proposal to hike fees on services and licenses his agency provides.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller testifies during a hearing of the state Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs on Dec. 8, 2015. He defended a proposal to hike fees on services and licenses his agency provides.

Lawmakers Grill Miller on Ag Fee Hikes

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller faced pointed questions from lawmakers Tuesday over his plan to dramatically hike fees on a host of licenses, registrations and services that his agency provides.