TSCRA announced Richard Thorpe, Winters, as their new president on Sunday during the closing session of the 139th annual Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth.
Thorpe was elected a TSCRA director in March 2006. He most recently served as the first vice president alongside Pete Bonds, Saginaw, who served as president from September 2013 to April 2016.
“TSCRA has been critical to the strength and stability of the cattle industry for well over a century,” said Thorpe. “It is truly an honor to serve and lead this organization in my new role as president. Also, I appreciate Pete for his leadership and commitment to TSCRA. Most importantly, I thank my family for always supporting me. I look forward to all that’s ahead for this incredible association.”
Thorpe, his wife Karen and their family, own and operate Mesa T Ranch headquartered in Winters, where they operate a cow-calf operation, as well as stockers and quarter horses. Thorpe also earned a medical degree from Texas Tech University.
Bobby McKnight, Fort Davis, will serve as first vice president. Hughes Abell, Austin, was elected as a new officer in the role of second vice president.
New directors include Donnell Brown, Throckmorton; Seth Denbow, Weatherford; Heath Hemphill, Coleman; Ty Keeling, Boerne; Leslie Kinsel, Cotulla; Carl Ray Polk Jr., Lufkin; and Gary Price, Blooming Grove. Leslie Kinsel, Cotulla; Brian McLaughlin, Midland; and Clay Jones, Brady, were elected as executive committee members.