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U.S. Senate Confirms Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the U.S. Senate confirmed Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development.

“As Under Secretary for Rural Development, Xochitl Torres Small will build on her legacy as a champion for small towns and rural communities – much like the one she grew up in in New Mexico,” said Chairwoman Stabenow. “She will give a voice to 60 million rural Americans at the highest levels at USDA. I look forward to working with her to address critical rural needs including high speed internet, infrastructure, and good paying jobs.”

“While our committee handles a diverse range of issues, everything we do boils down to improving the livelihoods and future for those who call rural America home. There are many pressing challenges facing our rural communities that Congress and USDA must work together to address. I congratulate incoming Under Secretary Torres Small and stand ready to work with her to expand access to affordable high-speed broadband, ensure continued access to reliable energy production, improve water infrastructure, and create new economic opportunities in rural America,” said Ranking Member Boozman.

The Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Congresswoman Torres Small on July 29, 2021.