Voice of the Conservative Vote: Sid Miller
by TexasGOPVote on February 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM
A True Rural Texan
Sid Miller earns his living from the land raising crops, cattle, horses, and trees.
He is a former vocational agriculture teacher, and a world champion cowboy who just won his 9th world title. Sid served as the Chairman of the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee which oversees the Texas Department of Agriculture. Because of his extensive knowledge and work in agriculture, Miller was chosen to work directly with the Texas Agriculture Commissioner as a member of the Agriculture Policy Board. He is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a former Farm Bureau Director. He will hit the ground running as our next Texas Agriculture Commissioner with no need for on-the-job training. Eight-time World Champion Cowboy Joe Beaver and 14-time World Champion Horseman David Riddle serve as Co-Chairs of Sid’s Campaign.
Trusted Defender of the 2nd Amendment Sid Miller has a proven record of defending our right to keep and bear arms. That is why he has been endorsed by Americans for Gun Rights.
He is also A+ rated by both the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association and has earned their endorsement in every race he’s run. As the Chairman of the “gun committee” in the Texas House of Representatives—the Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety—Sid helped lead the fight to protect the rights of gun owners. He is endorsed by NRA National Board Member and 2nd Amendment Defender Ted Nugent, who also serves as Miller’s Campaign Treasurer and State Co-Chair.
Proven Pro-Life Leader
Sid led the fight to protect the sanctity of human life in every session he served in the Texas Legislature.
He was the author of the historic Sonogram bill, which, since being signed into law, has saved the lives of more than 8,000 unborn babies. As State Legislator, he stripped $21 million dollars from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. In his race for Agriculture Commissioner, he has earned the of endorsement of TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE which named Miller PRO-LIFE LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR for his ardent defense of all human life.
Conservative Leader in the Legislature
After defeating a liberal Democrat incumbent, Sid Miller was consistently ranked as one of the most conservative lawmakers in Texas based upon his voting record during his six terms in the Texas House.
He was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus and was named by the independent Rice University Study as “one of tope three most conservative members of the Texas House.” Sid has been endorsed for Agriculture Commissioner by CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS and the YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS.
Fiscal Conservative and Taxpayer Champion
Sid was named a TAXPAYER CHAMPION by TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY for his efforts to defend taxpayers, lower taxes, and decrease the size and scope of state government.
In fact, he never received less than an “A” rating in six legislative terms from this taxpayer watchdog group. He was named a CHAMPION FOR FREE ENTERPRISE by the TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS and was consistently “A RATED” by CITIZENS FOR A SOUND ECONOMY. He signed the AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM TAXPAYERS PROTECTION PLEDGE in 2000 and has not once broken that pledge.
As our next Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller will fight back against the intrusion and overreach of out-of-control federal agencies like the EPA, just as he has done throughout his public service career.
Sid Miller understands that the best government is the government closest to home and he has fought to protect Texas’ sovereignty from the Obama Administration and federal bureaucrats. He is a staunch defender of the 10th Amendment. That is why he has been endorsed for Agriculture Commissioner by conservative leaders like DAVID BARTON of WALL BUILDERS, TIM LAMBERT, former National Republican Committeeman and leader of the TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION, CATHY ADAMS, former Republican Party of Texas Chair and the head of the TEXAS EAGLE FORUM, WARREN CHISUM, founder of the TEXAS CONSERVATIVE COALITION, BOB PRICE of GOP VOTE, and DR. STEVE HOTZE of CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF HARRIS COUNTY.
Tea Party Approved
When in the Texas House, Sid Miller helped found the Legislative Tea Party Caucus.
When in the Texas House, Sid Miller helped found the Legislative Tea Party Caucus. It is often even said that Sid was Tea Party before the Tea Party was cool. That is why Tea Party leaders across Texas are joining with Sid Miller and working hard to ensure that he is our next Agriculture Commissioner. They know that SID IS TEA PARTY TESTED AND APPROVED. The HOOD COUNTY TEA PARTY, TOBIE MARIE WALKER of the WACO TEA PARY, JULIE MCCARTY of the NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY TEA PARTY, and JOHN SPRINGER of the ERATH COUNTY 9-12 GROUP are just some of the Tea Party leaders and groups working to make ensure the quality and steadfastness of Texas’ next Agriculture Commissioner.
Sid Miller previously represented House District 59 and was recognized as one of the state’s most dynamic and effective conservative leaders. Sid Miller worked in the Texas House of Representatives to put his real world experience as a small businessman, community leader, agriculturist, former schoolteacher, and former school board member to work on behalf of the people of Texas. He emerged as the definitive pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, pro-jobs leader in the Texas Legislator.
Sid Miller was the author of HB 15, the so-called "pro-life" sonogram measure, the passage of which had been declared an emergency item by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Representative Miller worked tirelessly to keep the pro-life protections favored by House Conservatives in the bill from being watered down by the Texas Senate, and because of his efforts, HB 15 passed both the Texas House and Senate by strong majorities. The resulting measure signed into law by Governor Perry gives Texas the strongest sonogram law in the nation and Miller’s efforts to protect human life and prevent countless abortions from being performed has been hailed by every pro-life organization in Texas including Texans for Life, Texas Right to Life, and the Texas Alliance for Life, Sid Miller is also recognized as one Texas’ staunchest defenders of our constitutional freedoms and individual liberties in the Texas Legislature, especially our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. That is why Representative Sid Miller has been endorsed in every election he has run in by both the National and Texas State Rifle Associations for his efforts to protect gun rights, defend sportsman and hunters, and fight against any measure to weaken or abuse our constitutional protections.
First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in the fall of 2000, Sid Miller was the only Republican to defeat an incumbent Democrat. He has been leading the fight against liberals in Austin and in Washington, D.C. and protecting the values of the hardworking families of Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Somervell and Mills Counties ever since.
He is a two time recipient of the "Fighter for Free Enterprise" Award from the Texas Association of Business because of his strong pro-business voting record and he was named the "2nd Most Conservative Voter" in the Texas House by Texas Eagle Forum.
Miller earned the Taxpayer Hero award from Texas for Taxpayer Reform for his efforts to protect the interests and pocketbooks of Texas taxpayers and he was named "Freshman of the Year" by his conservative colleagues during the 77th session. He has previously been named on Texas Insider's "Best List," Stephenville Empire Tribune "Reader's Choice" list, and was named "Best of the Legislature" for 2011 by the prestigious Capitol Inside. For his education efforts, Miller received the "Texas At Promise" award from the Coalition for Hope and Opportunity for Charter Education as well as the "Legislator Supporter Award" from the Texas Association of Community Health Centers as well as their award for Outstanding Service, and because of his conservative stance and dedicated votes to see that more tax dollars were directed to the classroom he was recognized for his support of education in Texas by the Region 12 School Superintendents. Sid Miller is a founding member of the Legislative Tea Party Caucus and serves as a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Education Task Force. He is a member of the House Rural Caucus, the Sportsmen’s Caucus, the House Manufacturer's Caucus, House Veterans and Military Affairs Coalition, the Legislative Caucus for Missing and Exploited Children, and the bi-partisan Conservative Coalition. Miller has been selected by his Republican colleagues to serve as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer of for the House Republican Caucus and because of his extensive knowledge and work in agriculture, Miller was chosen to work directly with the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner as a member of the Agriculture Policy Board. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the Texas House to serve on the National Energy Council and he works closely with the Conservative American Legislative Exchange Council to better help serve the people of Texas.
In January of 2011, Representative Miller was selected by the Speaker of the Texas House to serve as Chairman of the influential House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety where he helps direct the state’s response to the federal government’s failure to protect our nation’s borders and he has become a strong and respected voice on border security issues and the threat posed by our porous international border with Mexico. Miller also protects the free market and works to create new jobs and opportunities for Texas as a member of the House Business and Industry. He has previously served as chairman and vice chairman of the House Agriculture and Livestock committee as well as vice chairman of the House State Affairs committee. Miller is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, and the American Nursery and Landscape Association and former director of the Erath County Farm Bureau chapter. The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce recently named him "Entrepreneur of the Year." Miller is an avid rodeo participant and was named the 2004 World Champion of Calf Roping by the United State Calf Roping Association. Winning the championship in 2004, Miller also set a world record as well.
Sid Miller attended public schools and graduated from DeLeon High School. He is an honors graduate of Cisco Junior College where he received his Associates of Arts Degree. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education Degree in 1978.
Sid Miller and his wife, Debra, live in Stephenville where their two sons Truett and Joseph, along with Joseph's wife Kelly, are all graduates of Tarleton State University. Debra is a teacher and founder of Erath Excels Academy with campuses in Stephenville and Taft. The Millers are active members of the Erath County Cowboy Church, where Sid serves as an Elder.
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