GRAFORD, Texas – Dr. Glenn Rogers, a local rancher and veterinarian in Palo Pinto County, announced his plans today to seek the Republican nomination for Texas House District 60 in the March 2020 GOP Primary. The seat is currently held by incumbent Mike Lang, who recently announced his intention not to run for reelection. District 60 includes the counties of Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens. Rogers is the owner and operator of the Holt River Ranch, located outside of Graford, which develops and markets around 800 heifers annually. He said his experience as a rancher and small businessman have prepared him for the challenges ahead.
“As the urban and suburban areas of our state continue to grow at incredible speed, our rural values and way of life are at risk,” said Rogers. “It is vital that we send elected leaders to Austin and Washington who understand the complex needs of rural Texans and who we can depend on to stand up for us. My family has ranched in Palo Pinto County since the 1890s, and I can tell you first-hand that the threats our rural communities face today are as great as we have ever seen before.”
Raised in rural Texas, Rogers’ experiences on his family’s ranching operation, with FFA, and with a local practitioner led him to pursue a career as a rural veterinarian. After finishing school, he owned and operated two small rural mixed veterinary practices in Graham and Graford. He left Texas in the 1990’s and accepted an associate professor position at North Carolina State University, and then returned home in 2000 to manage the beef technical service for Pfizer Animal Health. The entire time he has continued to operate and expand Holt River Ranch and was named the 2017 Conservation Rancher of the Year for the State of Texas.
If elected, Rogers said that his legislative priorities will focus on the issues that matter most to the hard-working families of rural Texas – strengthening our local public schools, protecting private property rights and reforming the eminent domain process, defending the 2nd Amendment rights of all Texans, securing our southern border, providing better access to rural health care, and providing real and lasting property tax relief to landowners by addressing our broken school finance system.
Rogers continued, “We have serious problems facing our state, and we need serious leaders who offer more than empty promises and soundbites. Rural Texans have always been innovators by necessity, and there is no reason why our district and our representative should not be leading the way looking for conservative solutions to the great challenges of our day. If I am fortunate enough to be elected by my neighbors to be their new voice in Austin, that is exactly what I will do.”
Rogers is a past president of the Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau, a former Graford ISD School Board Member, and he recently ended a term as president of American Association of Bovine Practitioners. After graduating from Graham High School, he earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in 1979, his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, and a Master’s in Beef Production Medicine in 1993 from Kansas State University. While at A&M, Glenn served as president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners student chapter and as the Corps of Cadets Squadron Commanding Officer from 1977-1978. He also served as a member of the elite Ross Volunteers, the ceremonial guard for the Governors of Texas.
Rogers and his wife, Mandy, have three daughters, Meg, Ginny, and Leah; one son, Ben, and five grandchildren. Mandy is also a veterinarian and operates a small animal practice. Glenn and Mandy are longtime members of the Methodist Church, where Glenn serves as lay reader and recently served as chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.