Republican State Representative Raymond Poe will take over the top spot at the state’s Department of Agriculture, Governor Bruce Rauner announced Friday.
In a statement, the governor said Poe’s experience as a legislator, as a businessman and as a farmer makes him the ideal choice to lead the agency.
The governor’s announcement also highlights Poe’s work on the House Agriculture Committee and his time as president of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau.
“The announcement by Governor Rauner to appoint State Representative Raymond Poe as the next Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture continues the Governor’s commitment to keep the Department a viable and relevant agency,” said the Illinois Farm Bureau.
“Rep. Poe has proven his support of agriculture throughout his career. Before being elected to the General Assembly, Rep. Poe served as a member of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau Board and ultimately as President. Rep. Poe has been dedicated to his family farm and farming in general.”
The previous director, Philip Nelson, stepped down in September. Poe’s replacement in the House will be chosen by a vote of the Republican Party chairmen of the counties within his House district.
Meanwhile, Rauner appointed attorney James Mullenix to the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission.
Illinois News Network and staff reports