May 18, 2018


Representative Guillen Advocates For Protecting Property Rights Of Texans Following Meeting On Eminent Domain


AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) urges the protection of Texas landowners and property rights following last week's meeting of the House Land & Resource Management Committee on eminent domain statutes.


"The right to own property is essential to our way of life in Texas," said Guillen. "I understand this as a sixth generation rancher, and I understand it as your representative."

The hearing was held at Texas Southern University to examine eminent domain statues in Texas to ensure a balance between necessary infrastructure growth and fair compensation for landowners. Eminent domain is the authority of the state to claim private property for public use. However, the Texas Constitution states that this property cannot be taken, damaged or destroyed without appropriate compensation, meaning landowners must be fairly compensated for the value of their property.

Though the power of Eminent Domain helps the State prepare for continuous population and job growth, Representative Guillen supports Texans and their right to own the land beneath their feet. As a sixth generation cattle rancher, he has consistently fought to defend property rights in South Texas.

"I am excited that the committee is taking a look into eminent domain," said Guillen. "A balance exists between protecting private landowner rights and continuing to improve our infrastructure. I look forward to debating this matter further in the upcoming legislative session, and will continue to defend the landownership rights of South Texans."


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