My name is Jay Kleberg. I’m a father to three beautiful daughters, Sophia, Katherine, and Amelia, and a husband to my wonderful wife, Chrissy Kleberg. I’m running for Texas Land Commissioner because I believe that the science behind climate change is real, and we don’t have time for inaction. We have so many beautiful, vital landscapes in our state, and I want my daughters to be able to share this beauty with their kids.
I was born in South Texas and raised on my family’s working ranch, the King Ranch. As a sixth-generation Texan, I started working cattle when I was 5 years old. Growing up in an agricultural community taught me the value of hard work and getting the job done right. It also gave me a deep respect for Texas, the land, and people from all walks of life. As I got older, I quickly realized that our individual freedoms do not negate our responsibility to one another. We have to take initiative and ensure that our great state will thrive for generations to come.
The passion I gained for environmental advocacy as a child has led me to a more than decade-long career in conservation. As the former Associate Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, our team lead the largest land acquisition for conservation purposes in Texas history. The 17,000-acre piece of land is now a publicly-accessible wildlife haven located 150 miles southwest of Houston. During my tenure, we raised more than $100 million to conserve Texas’ wild things and wild places.
As the co-founder and managing director of Explore Ranches, I work to safeguard the beauty of Texas for future generations by helping landowners improve and protect natural resources on homesteads across the state. As a film producer, I’ve traveled across Texas to create innovative environmental advocacy curriculum and recently traversed the entire 1,200 miles of the Texas-Mexico border — by horse, bike, and canoe — for the feature film The River and the Wall.
I’ve spent my entire life working to protect and preserve this beautiful state. From my time on the ranch as a kid, to my work with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, to the environmental advocacy curriculum I’ve helped develop for a new feature film called Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story, it’s clear that we are in a crisis and Texas has the unique ability to lead the way in addressing climate change.
Hurricane frequency is increasing, droughts are getting more severe, and we just experienced one of the worst winter storms in our state’s history. Now more than ever we are reminded that our fellow Texan’s lives–and livelihoods–are at stake.
I believe loving Texas and accepting the science behind climate change go hand-in-hand. Equipped with land management experience, a deep understanding of our state’s environmental challenges, and an MBA from the University of Texas, I’m ready to get to work. We need a Land Commissioner who will be a steward of Texas’ 13 million acres of public lands and invest in our future, our veterans, and our public education system.
Together, we can help protect and invest in the Texas we know and love.
The Texas Land Commissioner is our state's top environmental post. As climate change brings increased instability, including longer and more frequent power outages that place the most vulnerable at greater risk, we need to take a proactive role in conserving a resilient landscape while also reducing or mitigating our CO2 emissions.
The Texas General Land Office manages Texas' 13 million acres of public lands to provide funding to serve Texas schoolchildren and veterans. While royalties from oil and gas leases are a critical revenue stream, the General Land Office must champion a diversified portfolio of renewable energy such as geothermal, wind, solar and offshore hydrogen production. A diversified portfolio will reposition the General Land Office to keep its promises to Texas veterans and their families for the long term.
As Texas shifts to a low-carbon economy, it is critical that Texas maintain its leadership in energy. We must protect the workers and communities who have been at the center of powering Texas’s economy for decades, while promoting energy innovation that leads to economic growth and good-paying jobs.