Staples is a leader and fighter for common-sense conservative solutions. In addition to twice being elected to his current statewide post as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Staples has served as a Texas State Senator, a State Representative and as Mayor Pro Tem of his local city council, all while running a real estate appraisal and brokerage firm.
A highly regarded member of the Texas legislature, Todd served on Finance, Education and Appropriations committees, chaired the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee and the Select Committee on Worker’s Comp Reform, voted for record setting tax cuts, helped pass unprecedented lawsuit abuse reform, authored landmark worker’s compensation reform, and was recognized as a Fighter for Free Enterprise, a Friend of the Taxpayer and Champion for Children.
As Agriculture Commissioner, he leads statewide initiatives to support and advance Texas agriculture, including: expanding the reach of Texas agricultural products and businesses through the GO TEXAN marketing program; providing workforce skills and training for students in rural Texas communities; promoting the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise and Eating Right to school children; encouraging voluntary water conservation through the Texas Water Smart coalition; organizing a statewide Wildfire Task Force to develop wildfire mitigation efforts; and fighting to secure our porous border through smart immigration reform.
Staples fought the job-killing policies of Obama’s EPA and championed private property owner rights including passage of a state constitutional amendment protecting homeowners and landowners from eminent domain abuses. Always mindful that elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayer, Staples successfully returned over $50 million to the treasury, coordinated the consolidation of overlapping or similar agencies and programs into TDA, and focused on efficiencies that resulted in reducing fees and increasing accountability and transparency.
Staples authored a book released by Tate Publishing in 2013 titled Broken Borders, Broken Promises
challenging the Obama Administration’s claim that the border is safer than ever, providing a blueprint to reform our failed immigration system, and calling for resources to secure the Texas border from the life-threatening dangers imposed by drug dealers and human smugglers crossing Texas soil. Staples is a frequent speaker on these matters and has been recognized at the state and national level as an emerging national leader on steps needed to protect our border and our sovereignty.
A former rancher and businessman, Todd graduated with honors from Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Todd and his wife, Janet, have four children and four grandchildren. Palestine, Texas is their home, and Todd has served as deacon at his local church, Norwood Heights Baptist Church, for many years.
P.O. Box 13092
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512) 912-1603