Editor's note: The following is a news release from the office of Suzan Delbene, a Democrat representing Washington's newly-redrawn 1st District.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene has received her second committee assignment for the 113th Congress and will be serving on the House Agriculture Committee.
On the Agriculture Committee, DelBene will help craft federal policy to support our nation’s agricultural production and ensure that consumer’s continue to have abundant access to the world’s safest food and agricultural products. The committee tackles a wide variety of issues ranging from agricultural research and development, rural economic development, crop insurance, food safety, international trade, and commodities regulation.
“Ensuring the strength of our agricultural sector is a critical part of having a vibrant local economy in the 1st Congressional District. From dairy and berry farms, plentiful vegetable crops, wineries, livestock and many other diverse food products, agriculture accounts for thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity in our region,” said DelBene. “I’m honored to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. I will fight to make sure that northwest farmers have a strong voice in the nation’s capitol as we draft smart policies to help our agricultural industry thrive.”
DelBene’s appointment to the Agriculture Committee follows her appointment to the House Judiciary Committee last month. Prior to being elected to Congress, DelBene served as head of the Washington State Department of Revenue, where she oversaw more than 1,000 employees. Previously, DelBene pursued a successful career in business, working as an executive at Microsoft, and in biotech, technology and microfinance.