Commissioner Jerry Patterson is the 27th Texas Land Commissioner since the first Commissioner, John P. Borden, was appointed in 1836.
The Office of Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office is the oldest, continuous elected position in Texas history. Established by the Republic of Texas immediately after the Texas Revolution in 1836, the position of Land Commissioner predates the position of Governor and other state offices established by annexation in 1845. The Commissioner serves a four year term, elected statewide.
NOTE: The titles "Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office" and "Texas Land Commissioner" are used interchangeably. There is no Land Commission.
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Currently, the Commissioner is responsible for managing billions of dollars of state assets, investments and mineral rights. He also serves as Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board and as chair of several other key state boards and commissions. Learn More
There have been twenty-seven Commissioners of the Texas General Land Office since 1836. Learn more