Reagan V. Brown

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Reagan V. Brown
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
In office
1977 – January 1983
GovernorDolph Briscoe (1977-1979)

Bill Clements (1979-1983)

Preceded byJohn C. White
Succeeded byJim Hightower
In office
1989–1991
Personal details
Born(1921-09-20)September 20, 1921[1]
Henderson, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 16, 1999(1999-11-16) (aged 78)
Brazos County, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceBrazos County, Texas
Alma materTexas A&M University
OccupationFarmer;
County extension agent
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II
 
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Reagan V. Brown
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
In office
1977 – January 1983
GovernorDolph Briscoe (1977-1979)

Bill Clements (1979-1983)

Preceded byJohn C. White
Succeeded byJim Hightower
In office
1989–1991
Personal details
Born(1921-09-20)September 20, 1921[1]
Henderson, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 16, 1999(1999-11-16) (aged 78)
Brazos County, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceBrazos County, Texas
Alma materTexas A&M University
OccupationFarmer;
County extension agent
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Reagan V. Brown (September 20, 1921 – November 16, 1999) was the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture from 1977 to 1983.

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Early years

Brown graduated from Texas A&M University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.[citation needed] He was a farmer and county extension agent.

Texas agriculture commissioner

Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed Brown to succeed longtime Agriculture Commissioner John C. White, when White resigned to serve in the Carter administration in Washington, D.C.

In 1978, Brown was elected under the new statute providing four-year terms for statewide elected officials. He was known for his fight for pest and predator control. To prevent the spread of the Mediterranean fruit fly from California to Texas in 1981, Brown required California produce to be fumigated before entering the state. Under special legislation passed during the fruit-fly crisis, the department was authorized to seize or to destroy infested products and to stop interstate and intrastate traffic to enforce the law.

Brown also worked to halt the spread of the imported fire ant. He even famously put his hand into a fire ant mound at the urging of a television reporter while news cameras rolled. However, his opponent in the 1982 Democratic primary election, the liberal journalist and commentator Jim Hightower, accused him of manufacturing the fire ant crisis to win reelection. Hightower unseated Brown in a heavily Democratic year in Texas and nationally. Eight years later Hightower was himself unseated by future Governor Rick Perry.

Lucky B Ranch

In 1983, Brown bought the Lucky B Ranch near Bryan, Texas. He bred bison, which were once plentiful in Texas but had since been hunted to near-extinction.[2]

Death

Brown died in a farm tractor accident at his ranch in Brazos County on November 16, 1999.[3]

References

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  2. ^ [2] Lucky B Bison Ranch|]
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard|
Political offices
Preceded by
John C. White
Texas Agriculture Commissioner
1977–1983
Succeeded by
Jim Hightower