Hunter Harris grew up in Abilene, Texas, and graduates from Texas Tech University in May 2023, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, and a minor in political science. He grew up spending his summers traveling all over West Texas helping his family in the oil field. Harris’ family was always involved in agriculture whether it was brokering hay, raising cattle or planting crops which led to him always being exposed to all distinct aspects of agriculture.
“We always understood the value of agriculture and the life lessons it instilled, and my dad wanted me to have some form of that,” Harris said.
Harris was unsure about going to college, but Texas Tech caught his attention for multiple reasons.
“I really fell in love with the people, the architecture, the integrity and how well-rounded the school was,”Harris said.
Harris felt like Texas Tech was home and had a sense of belonging on this campus.
During Harris’ time at Texas Tech, he was involved in multiple organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Civic Leadership Academy, Block and Bridle and Ag Communicators of Tomorrow all while working for iCEV and held other internships with Cavender’s, and the Texas FFA Foundation.
Harris is working as a staff assistant in the office of Representative Jodey Arrington, using his agriculturalcommunications degree to help further his career in Washington D.C. Harris is helping advocate for rural America’s way of life, being a voice for those who cannot be in D.C. He utilizes his skills learned in agricultural communications including photography, videography, writing and design.
“There’s all of these different things that we learn inside the block that are so tangible in an outside experience, whether it be drafting a press release, doing campaigns, shooting a press conference or gettinga quick video for social media,” Harris said.
Harris pursued his career in policy because he wanted to help be the voice for the rural communities who do not have access to modern amenities, such as broadband insurance, healthcare and job security.
“If you are not at the table, you’re on the menu, and rural Americans are too busy serving as the backbone of our great nation to be here,” Harris said.