Eric Opiela is a 5th generation Texan, rancher, and attorney. 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 family ranch of over 2000 acres, Eric understands why the rights of private property owners are sacred.
As Chairman of the Eminent Domain Committee of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association and as a real estate attorney Eric stood up for landowners by taking on overreaching federal government and intrusive state agencies.
Eric shares our conservative values and has worked tirelessly to cement our Republican majority in Texas. He’s worked with leaders across our state to strengthen our party and usher in a new era of conservative leadership in Texas.
Eric has served as redistricting counsel to the Texas Republican Congressional Delegation, both before the Texas Legislature, and in federal litigation. In this capacity, he co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court that resulted in the Court overturning a lower court-drawn interim redistricting plan which failed to properly reflect the political and demographic growth of Texas over the past decade.
Mr. Opiela has been recognized for his thousands of hours over the last decade in pro bono representation of Republican candidates and officeholders, state and county party organizations, and statewide pro-life organizations.
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 is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and active in the Federalist Society.
He is also active in his community, serving as president of the Karnes City Independent School District Education Foundation, 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.