Commission

TAHC regulations are made and adopted by 13 governor-appointed commissioners who represent the general public and various livestock industries and professions. The commissioners serve staggered six-year terms and meet as needed to study the regulatory needs of the agency, review public comments on proposed regulation changes, and adopt new rules when necessary.

Current Commissioners

Coleman Locke
TAHC Chairman
Represents the Beef Cattle Industry

Chairman Locke has served on the commission since 2004. He is a partner and manager of the Locke Division of J.D. Hudgins Ranch and the president of J.D. Hudgins, Inc. He is a director and executive committee member of the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, lifetime committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and past director of the Federation of State Beef Councils. Additionally, he is past president and lifetime director of the American Brahman Breeders Association and Texas Brahman Association, and past chairman of the Texas Beef Council and the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas. Locke received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Abilene Christian University. His term as TAHC Chairman is set to expire September 6, 2021.

Jim Eggleston
Represents the General Public

Commissioner Eggleston of Weatherford is a founding partner of the law firm Eggleston King, LLP. He is board certified in Commercial Real Estate Law and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He frequently speaks to continuing legal education groups on farm and ranch topics. He is admitted to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio, and before the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation and College of the State Bar of Texas. Additionally, he has served on the State Bar of Texas' Real Estate Legislative Affairs Committee, Board of Legal Specialization's real estate exam committee, and serves as general counsel for the Texas Longhorn Marketing Alliance. Eggleston received a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Christian University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2021.

Jimmie Ruth Evans
Represents the Sheep and Goat Industry

Commissioner Evans of San Antonio is a rancher and partner of Wittenburg Ranch. She is a member and past president of the San Antonio Livestock and Rodeo, and the honorary chair of the Young Women's Leadership Academy. Evans is also a member and past president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. Evans received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University. Her term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2025.

Melanie Johnson, Ed.D.
Represents the General Public

Commissioner Johnson of Houston is the president and CEO of Collaborative for Children. She previously served as president and CEO of the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. Prior to this appointment, she served as NASA's Space Center Houston's Director of Education. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the HCA Houston Medical Center and the Foundation Board of Texas Southern University, and former member of the Council of the Texas Association of Museums. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in International Trade and French from Auburn University, a Master of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate of Education from Texas Southern University. Her term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2025.

Kenneth "Ken" Jordan
Represents the Livestock Market Industry

Commissioner Jordan of San Saba is the owner and operator of K Jordan Enterprises, Inc., and is the Mayor of San Saba. He is a member of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Livestock Marketing Council, National Finance Credit Corporation of Texas, and San Saba Chamber of Commerce. Jordan received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2021.

Barret J. Klein
Represents the Swine Industry

Commissioner Klein of Boerne is owner of Klein Farms and Klein Smoked Meats, LLC. He is a member and former president of the Texas Pork Producers Association, National Spotted Swine Association, Texas Association of Meat Processors, and the Kendall County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a volunteer with Kendall County 4-H, Kendall County FFA, and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Klein received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2025.

Wendee C. Langdon, Ph.D.
Represents the General Public

Commissioner Langdon of Lubbock is the Associate Director of Development for the Graduate School at Texas Tech University. She volunteers for the Therapeutic Riding Center at Texas Tech University and St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Lubbock. Dr. Langdon received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture/animal science from West Texas A&M University in Canyon and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in animal science (emphasis in bovine reproductive physiology and equine reproductive physiology, respectively) from Texas Tech University. Her term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2023.

Joe Leathers
Represents the Equine Industry

Commissioner Leathers of Guthrie is the general manager of 6666 Ranch. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, U.S. CattleTrace, Inc., and is a member of the National Ranching Heritage Association. Leathers attended Clarendon College. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2025.

Thomas "Tommy" Oates
Represents the Exotic Livestock and Fowl Industry

Commissioner Oates of Huntsville is a rancher and owner of Huntsville Livestock. He currently serves as the president of the Exotic Wildlife Association. Oates attended Sam Houston State University. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2025.

Joseph G. "Joe" Osterkamp
Represents the Dairy Industry

Commissioner Osterkamp of Muleshoe is owner and partner of Stonegate Farms. He is a member of the Select Milk Producers COOP and the Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation. He is member and former chairman of the Texas Association of Dairymen and a member and former president of the Rotary Club of Muleshoe. Osterkamp received a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology from Southwestern University in Georgetown. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2023.

Keith M. Staggs
Represents the Poultry Industry

Commissioner Staggs of Gonzales is director of live operations of Holmes Foods, Inc. He is a member of the Texas Poultry Federation and former president of the Texas Broiler Council and the Texas Allied Poultry Association. He is former superintendent of the Harris County Livestock Show and Youth Expo Harris County and chairman of deacons and financial advisor for First Baptist Church in Gonzales. Staggs received a Bachelor of Science in poultry science from Texas A&M University. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2023.

Leo Vermedahl, Ph.D.
Represents the Feedlot Industry

Commissioner Vermedahl of Dalhart is owner of Vermedahl Cattle Company. He is a member and former president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, member and former executive committee member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Additionally, he is former chairman of the Texas Beef Council and the Cattlemen's Beef Board Budget and Audit Committee. Vermedahl received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Agriculture in Feedlot Management from Texas A&M University. Vermedahl's term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2023.

Michael L. Vickers, D.V.M.
Represents the Veterinary Profession

Commissioner Vickers of Falfurrias is owner and president of Las Palmas Veterinary Hospital, Inc. He is chairman of the Texas Border Volunteers, Inc., member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and its bovine committee, and a member of the Director Nominating Committee for Capital Farm Credit. He is also member of the Texas Farm Bureau and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Vickers received a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. His term as TAHC commissioner is set to expire September 6, 2021.