Reagan V. Brown
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Reagan Veasy Brown
|7th Agriculture Commissioner of Texas|
1977 – January 1983
|Governor||Dolph Briscoe (1977–1979)|
Bill Clements (1979–1983)
|Preceded by||John C. White|
|Succeeded by||Jim Hightower|
|Born||September 21, 1921|
Henderson, Texas, U.S.
|Died||November 16, 1999 (aged 78)|
Brazos County, Texas, U.S.
|Residence||Brazos County, Texas|
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University|
County extension agent
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Reagan Veasy Brown (September 20, 1921 – November 16, 1999) was the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture from 1977 to 1983.
He was born on September 20, 1921, he lost a finger in an accident when he was young. Brown graduated from Texas A&M University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Texas agriculture commissioner
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
John C. White
| Texas Agriculture Commissioner