Senate confirms Torres Small as Undersecretary for Rural Development


By Mike Cook

The US Senate has confirmed former US representative from New Mexico, Xochitl Torres Small de Las Cruces, as the US Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for rural development.

The confirmation came in October and was announced in a press release by Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, chair of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman, R-Arkansas, the committee’s rank member.

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

“While our committee addresses a wide range of issues, everything we do comes down to improving the livelihoods and futures of those who live in rural America,” Boozman said. “There are many pressing challenges facing our rural communities that Congress and USDA must work together to address. I congratulate the new Under Secretary Torres Small and stand ready to work with her to expand access to affordable broadband, ensure continued access to reliable power generation, improve water infrastructure and create new economic opportunities in rural America.

Torres Small, an attorney from Las Cruces, represented the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico in 2019-2020.

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