October 31, 2013
by Robert Miller
Baseball legend Nolan Ryan is considering seeking the Republican nomination for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Ryan retires effective today as CEO of the Texas Rangers and has sold his ownership interest in the club.
He currently serves as Statewide Chairman of current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples’ campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
Ryan first looked at running for Agriculture Commissioner in 1989 against Jim Hightower in the 1990 election. Ultimately, then Rep. Rick Perry switched from Democrat to Republican and filed against Hightower, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Ryan would be joining a crowded Republican field currently consisting of former Rep. Sid Miller; SREC Member Eric Opiela; and Uvalde Mayor J. Allen Karnes. Rep. Cecil Bell is also considering the race. Author and musician Kinky Friedman has announced for the Democratic nomination.