April 20, 2018


Celebrates Disease Control Progress  on125th Anniversary of Animal Health Commission


AUSTIN -  In honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) celebrates the Commission's accomplishments and continued work to preserve our livestock and public health.


"As a rancher myself, I am thankful for the determined efforts that have been made to protect our livestock and the livelihoods of countless Texans," said Guillen. "We must continue to work together to eradicate cattle fever ticks."

TAHC was established on April 20, 1893 and was charged with defending domestic animals within the state from the Texas cattle fever tick. At that time, the fever tick was causing an enormous economic loss to cattlemen and the state. Though the fever tick still persists, the efforts made by TAHC helped contain the epidemic, making it easier to fight infestations.

The cattle fever tick fight continues to this day. Last session, Rep. Guillen fought for and won nearly $8 million for TAHC to continue their fight against the Texas cattle fever tick in South Texas. In recent years, Guillen wrote and passed the Rancher Relief Act which helps ranchers whose income and property value has been adversely affected because their land has been placed under quarantine for fever ticks. Rep. Guillen hopes to work with his colleagues to continue supporting this vital fight during the 86th legislative session.

"The Legislature should take every step necessary to assure the protection of our citizens and their livestock," added Guillen.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and