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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on the Nomination of Former Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small to be Undersecretary of Rural Development at USDA

Jun 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Joe Biden announced the nomination of former Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small as Undersecretary of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following the announcement, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the subsequent statement:

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) applauds the nomination of former CHC Member and Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small as USDA Undersecretary of Rural Development,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “Congresswoman Torres Small has devoted her career to championing the needs of rural communities. As the former representative to New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, she led efforts to update rural infrastructure, improve water quality and access, and ensure rural access to health care. As rural communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, Congresswoman Torres Small’s diverse experience with rural communities is greatly needed. I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm her as Undersecretary of Rural Development.”


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.