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Staples considering run for Lt. Governor

Released  by the Staples for Lieutenant Governor Exploratory Committee 2014:

Nolan Ryan To Serve As Statewide Chairman For Todd Staples' Lt. Governor Exploratory Committee

Ryan calls Staples the "The top prospect for the Texas Republican Party in 2014"

AUSTIN, TX – With Texas legend Nolan Ryan as his Statewide Campaign Chairman, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples today formally announced the formation of a 2014 Lieutenant Governor Exploratory Committee.

"Todd Staples is the top prospect for the Texas Republican Party in 2014," said Ryan. "I am confident Todd is the right person to lead Texas as our next Lieutenant Governor. He's a clutch conservative leader who bats right and who will throw out government intrusion."

As Commissioner of Agriculture, Staples has championed private property owner rights including passage of a 2009 state constitutional amendment protecting homeowners and landowners from eminent domain abuses. He also created an online website petition- - to promote passage of SB 18, eminent domain reform, during the current Texas legislature. To date over 7,000 Texans have signed the petition.

Staples has also challenged the Obama Administration to allocate adequate resources to secure the Texas border from the life-threatening dangers from drug dealers and human smugglers crossing Texas soil. While federal leaders repeatedly deny the threat and daily violence, Staples is documenting the dangers Texas farmers and ranchers face along the border.

At 47, Staples is one of Texas' youngest statewide Republican leaders. He is a former businessman and rancher from Palestine, Texas. In addition to his current post as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Staples has served as Mayor Pro Tem of his local city council, as a State Representative and as a Texas State Senator.

Rated one of Texas' top conservatives during his service in the Texas legislature, Staples also sponsored and helped pass a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. The amendment passed with 81% voter approval. He has also been endorsed in past elections by prominent pro-life groups including Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life.

Staples said his commitment as Lt. Governor will focus on Texas families and will include securing the border, improving the economy by promoting new job creation, protecting individual rights and states' rights from federal government intrusion, protecting homeowner/property owner/gun owner rights, defending pro-life and pro-family values, improving public education, transportation, and replacing Obama-care with a healthcare reform right for Texas.

"I'm launching an exploratory committee for Lt. Governor of Texas because I have a proven record of commitment to smaller, efficient and accountable government," said Staples. "I want to ensure that we protect families and jobs as we maintain a favorable business climate where all Texans have the opportunity to succeed."

Staples is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Janet, have four children and three grandchildren.

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