The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND) has endorsed State Representative Bryan Hughes in the race for Senate District 1.
Texas Farm Bureau and AGFUND President Russel Boening announced Hughes as the AGFUND choice to succeed Senator Kevin Eltife in the sprawling 16 county district. Early voting begins on February 16th.
"Bryan Hughes is a strong conservative in the Legislature and he knows how to get things done in Austin," Boening said. "Bryan has demonstrated an appreciation for agriculture and has always shown a willingness to learn on new issues. We look forward to working closely with him in the Senate, as we have in the House."
Boening predicts that property rights will be of top concern in next year's Legislature. He says Hughes will stand up for the interests of agriculture and rural Texas in the Senate.
In late December, Farm Bureau delegates from all 16 counties were invited to hear from all 4 candidates and vote on the candidate they wanted the organization to support.
"One of the unique aspects of the Farm Bureau endorsement is that it is derived from the grassroots," said Hughes. "Farm Bureau members here in East Texas met with each of the candidates and then voted on who they would support. So I am especially honored to receive this endorsement. I look forward to working with Farm Bureau during the next legislative session."
Texas Farm Bureau is an independent organization of farm and ranch families who have joined to solve their problems through united action. The Farm Bureau is totally controlled by its members through majority decision and is financed by voluntary dues. The Texas Farm Bureau has more than 500,000 members across the state.
AGFUND is Texas Farm Bureau's political action fund. It is a legal entity separate from the Texas Farm Bureau and may endorse and contribute to political candidates. AGFUND is funded by voluntary contributions from TFB members.
In December, Hughes was endorsed by Senator Charles Perry (R - Lubbock), a former colleague of Hughes who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, and Rural Affairs. He was also endorsed by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller shortly after his announcement.
Momentum behind the Bryan Hughes for Senate campaign grows everyday. So far, he has been endorsed by Former Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, Texas Right to Life, Grassroots America - We the People, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas DPS Officers Association, East Texas Police Chiefs Association, Dr. Dennis Golden, Senator Charles Perry, David Barton (President - Wallbuilders), Cathie Adams (President - Texas Eagle Forum), Kelly Shackelford (President - Liberty Institute), Ann Hettinger (State Director - Concerned Women for America), Carol Everett (President - Heidi Group), and Jonathan Saenz (President - Texas Values).