Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Animal Health Commission

Monday, December 21, 2009  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry appointed three members to the Texas Animal Health Commission for terms to expire Sept. 6, 2015. The commission protects and enhances the health of Texas animal populations.

Coleman H. Locke of Wharton is a partner and manager of the Locke Division of J. D. Hudgins Ranch, and president of J.D. Hudgins Inc. He is a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, member of the Texas Beef Council, and past president of the American and Texas Brahman Breeders associations. He is also past president of the Wharton Independent School District Board of Trustees, president of the Texana Community Band and volunteer song leader for Hearthstone Assisted Living Sunday morning worship services. Locke received a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Ralph Simmons of Center is a self-employed poultry grower and cattle producer, and past director of live production for Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation in Nacogdoches and Lufkin. He is director and past president of the Texas Poultry Federation and past chairman of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. He is also past chairman of the Harold E. Ford Scholarship Foundation. Simmons served in the U.S. Navy.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.

Beau White of Rosanky is a self-employed consultant and ranch owner. He is a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Board of Directors and past president of the American, Texas and Highland Hereford Breeders associations. He is also past chairman and director of the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Board, past director of the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, and past board member of the Sul Ross University Agriculture Advisory Council, Lubbock Ranch Heritage Association and Mile High Soil and Water Conservation District. White received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University.

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