NAFB News Service
The Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday advanced the nomination of Xochitl Torres Small to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture to the full Senate for consideration.
“Ms. Torres Small has a proven track record and a wide-ranging background that make her an ideal candidate to help lead the nearly 100,000 public servants at USDA,” Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said.
Ranking Member John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican, added, “She has shown herself to be a thoughtful leader while overseeing the rural development mission, and I believe those qualities will be an asset in this new role.”
Torres Small was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the Under Secretary for Rural Development on October 7, 2021.
She was nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary by President Joe Biden in February following the resignation announcement by Jewel Bronaugh, who stepped away from the role to spend more time with family.