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Media Advisory: Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Will Be Sworn-In For 2nd Term At Pharr International Bridge To Highlight Texas Border (1/9/2019)

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:
Jan. 9, 2019

TEXAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER TO BE SWORN-IN FOR 2ND TERM AT PHARR INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE NEAR MCALLEN TO HIGHLIGHT TEXAS BORDER
Will be joined by Mexican Governor Francisco Javier Cabeza de Vaca and Mexican officials

 

AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced he will be sworn-in for his second term in office this Monday, Jan. 14. The ceremony will take place in Pharr, Texas at the Pharr International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border.   Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will conduct the oath of office.  Commissioner Miller will be joined by dignitaries and elected officials, as well as officials from the neighboring Mexican state of Tamaulipas, including Governor Francisco Javier Cabeza de Vaca.  The swearing-in will be streamed on Facebook Live.


Commissioner Miller has traditionally had a strong focus on the Texas border and continues to emphasize the importance of border security. While a Texas House of Representatives member, Commissioner Miller oversaw border security issues and more recently has focused on international agricultural trade across the border. He chose to be sworn-in at the Texas border to highlight the importance of the region to agriculture, trade and national security. 

Commissioner Miller and Governor Cabeza de Vaca formed a strong working relationship on agricultural and border related issues. Recently, Commissioner Miller and Governor Cabeza de Vaca held a “friendship summit” on the international bridge in Laredo to highlight the importance of international trade between their two states.

The Pharr International Bridge has evolved into the largest land port for fruits and vegetables in the nation, crossing 60% of all the fresh produce coming from Mexico through Texas land ports of entry, and contributing significantly to the regional, state, national, and international economy.

An eighth-generation Texas farmer and rancher, Sid Miller is the 12th Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). A ten-time world champion rodeo cowboy, he has devoted his life to promoting Texas agriculture, rural communities and the western heritage of Texas. Learn more about the Texas Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Miller at www.texasagriculture.gov.

 

WHEN:

Monday

Jan. 14, 2019

10:30 a.m. CT

WHERE:

Pharr International Bridge

9900 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr, TX 78577

WHO:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Javier Cabeza de Vaca

Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, Pharr Mayor

WHAT:

Commissioner Miller will be sworn-in for his second term in office     

 WHY:

Commissioner Miller chose to take the oath of office on the Texas border to highlight the importance of border with Mexico, especially international trade.  This is particularly relevant with President Trump's announcement that he will also visit McAllen this week. 

 

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A media availability for U.S. and Mexican media will be held immediately after the event. For more information, please contact Mark Dallas Loeffler at 512.517.8669 or
mark.loeffler@texasagriculture.gov or Maddison Jaureguito at 512.463.7899 or maddison.jaureguito@texasagriculture.gov