Texas Land Commisioner

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Nov 13, 2021 - Dec 13, 2021


The Texas Land Commissioner is a state executive that serves as the head of the Texas General Land Office (GLO), which is the state agency responsible for managing publicly owned land. Duties of the GLO include record keeping of land grants/titles, issuing maps/surveys of public lands, and negotiating and enforcing leases of this land, in addition to the selling of publically owned property, of which all proceeds go to the state's Permanent School Fund (a program that provides funding to public education in Texas). The commissioner is also charged with corresponding with the governor and legislature as needed in addition to controlling the subordinate officers of the GLO. The Texas land commissioner serves a four-year term with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of this position is estimated at $167,070.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Texas Secretary of State to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete the Declaration of Intent to Run and submit the application by the filing window. For the 2016 election, once the run off election following the March 1st primary is over (if held, if not then directly after the primary), independent candidates may start circulating their nominating petitions, which are due to the Texas Secretary of State's office by June 23rd, 2016. Signers of the nominating petition can not have voted in the March primary, and the requirement is 500 signatures to appear for most positions on the ballot. More information can be found here, and potential candidates should speak with the Texas Secretary of State's Elections Department as soon as possible to verify the signatures and filing window. 3) Submit the Declaration of Intent to Run within 108-78 days prior to the primary election and submit the nominating petition and application to the Secretary of State's Office by June 23rd, 2016. If you have any questions please contact the Texas Secretary of State's Office at webmaster@sos.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-5650.

Submit application to:
Texas Secretary of State, 1019 Brazos St., Austin, TX, 78701, US