- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt is leaving the Texas House to become general counsel of the state Department of Agriculture.

The Austin American Statesman reports (https://bit.ly/153RqHl ) that the Lexington Republican will report directly to Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller.

Miller is a former Texas House Republican himself, and said Friday he tapped Kleinschmidt because of his experience as a property rights attorney and rancher.

Kleinschmidt has represented Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes and Lee counties in the House since 2009. He won re-election earlier this month with 61 percent of the vote.

Miller said Kleinschmidt’s last day in the House will be Jan. 14, the day after the 2015 legislative session begins. He plans to begin his new post that same day.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com


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