Meet Eric

Eric Opiela hauling round bales from the barn on his ranch in Karnes CountyEric Opiela is a 5th generation Texan, rancher, and property rights advocate. He knows the issues affecting our farmers and ranchers aren’t isolated to our agricultural industry – they affect every Texan and much of the world. That’s why he’s running to be our next Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

With a working 2,300 acre cow-calf family ranch, Eric understands why the rights of private property owners are sacred and knows firsthand hardships facing Texas Agriculture today.

The number one issue facing Texas and Agriculture is the availability of water.  Eric is a water expert.  Eric has represented landowners in groundwater disputes, advised water conservation districts on rulemaking, and organized landowners to successfully fight the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the historic Klamath River case.  His experience has prepared him to lead on the issue.

For the past decade Eric has worked on behalf of landowners as a property rights attorney and chairs the South Texans’ Property Rights Association’s Eminent Domain Committee.  Texas landowners are under constant assault in the courtroom from federal agencies and radical environmental groups, and only Eric Opiela has the track record of standing up for Texans and fighting for private property rights.

Eric Opiela’s campaign has received the endorsement of 27 State Republican Executive Committee members representing 24 Senate Districts across the state, Texas Alliance for Life, C-Club of Houston, and hundreds more Republican grassroots activists, Tea Party members, and Agriculture leaders across the state.

Eric shares our conservative values and has worked tirelessly to cement our Republican majority in Texas.  Eric served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas from 2008-2009, and currently is its Associate General Counsel.   He was Chairman of the Karnes County Republican Party for four years, and currently is serving in his second term representing Senate District 21 on the Texas State Republican Executive Committee.   He’s worked with leaders across our state to strengthen our party and usher in a new era of conservative leadership in Texas.

He is also active in his community, serving as president of the Karnes City Independent School District Education Foundation, member of the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership Class IX, lifetime member of the Texas State Rifle Association, National Rifle Association member, and as a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth’s Mission, Fashing, Texas.

Eric graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, he clerked for The Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC.

Eric and his wife, Lara, split time between Karnes City and Austin with their two children, Natalie and Ryan.