MACON, Ga. — On Jan. 3, Sen. Kelly Loeffler discussed Hurricane Michael and disaster assistance, international trade and immigration reform with Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long, GFB Public Policy Director Jeffrey Harvey and GFB National Affairs Counsel Tripp Cofield in Atlanta. Loeffler was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 6, filling the seat formerly occupied by Johnny Isakson, who retired for health reasons.
“Sen. Loeffler’s parents and brother are members of the Illinois Farm Bureau. She meet me at the elevator, eager to talk with us about Georgia agriculture and what Georgia Farm Bureau is doing,” Long said. “Our organization looks forward to working with Sen. Loeffler to ensure the concerns of Georgia’s farmers are taken into account as she considers federal policy. We will be glad to serve as a resource on agricultural topics for her regarding how proposed legislation may affect Georgia farmers.”
With Isakson’s departure at the end of 2019, committee assignments for Georgia’s two senators have been shuffled. David Perdue announced he will serve on the Senate Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Foreign Relations committees for the remainder of the 116th Congress, which ends in December. Loeffler will assume Perdue’s seat on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, according to a release from Perdue’s office.
“Growing up on the family farm, I understand the vital importance of agriculture to our state, and the issues facing rural communities and local businesses firsthand,” Loeffler said. “On the Senate Agriculture Committee, I will stand with our farmers, advance pro-growth policies, and proudly promote our Georgia Grown products. I will work around the clock to keep America growing.”
While Perdue will no longer be on the Ag Committee, he said he would continue working on Capitol Hill as an advocate for the state’s farmers.
“Georgia is leading the way on agriculture nationally with Secretary Perdue at the helm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Historically, Georgia has also had strong representation on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and that will not change,” Perdue said. “Kelly Loeffler and I will work closely with Georgia’s farmers and producers to ensure their voices are heard in the United States Senate. Together, we will continue to fight for farm families and rural communities.”
–Georgia Farm Bureau