On Thursday, Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, said he will be leaving the position early to become the Texas Oil and Gas Association's president.

He has served as the commissioner since 2007 and he has also been involved in both the state House and Senate, Jim Vertuno reported for the Associated Press. Staples expects to step down within the next two months.

Deputy Commissioner Drew DeBarry will step in for Staples until a new agriculture commissioner is elected in November and sworn into office in January.

"I will continue to fight for Texas to be the leader in our national and world economy," Staples said in a statement. "As I embark on this new challenge, I do so equipped with the knowledge and leadership lessons learned through my current and previous public service and private sector roles."

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