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James R. Comer, a native of Tompkinsville, was elected Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture on November 8, 2011, and was sworn in on January 2, 2012.
Comer's passion for agriculture is reflected in his vast amount of experience in the areas of agriculture and business. He is the founder and owner of James Comer, Jr. Farms, a 950-acre beef cattle, timber and hay farming operation located in Monroe County. He also co-owns Comer Land & Cattle Co., a family farming operation which includes his father and brother. Comer was a director of South Central Bank for 12 years. He was the 1999-2000 Monroe County Chamber of Commerce President. Comer is a Western Kentucky University graduate with a degree in Agriculture. While at WKU, he received the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Scholarship and was the Kentucky Future Farmers of America State President (1990-1991).
As your Agriculture Commissioner...
Comer wants to expand markets for Kentucky agriculture products, enhance rural economic development, add transparency to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and promote the Kentucky Proud Program.
Elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2000, at just 27 years old, Comer hit the ground running, passing a record of five bills into law-- the most for a freshman member of the Republican caucus in Frankfort.
Recognized for his work on behalf of hard-working Kentuckians, Comer was named Guardian of Small Business and Kentucky Jaycees Outstanding Young Kentuckian in subsequent years of his tenure in the House.
Comer is married to Tamara Jo (T.J.). They have three children, Reagan, Harlan and Aniston.