Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Cheney’s (WY-AL) statement on Lois Van Mark’s appointment as Wyoming’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director and Chad Rupe’s appointment as USDA Wyoming State Director for Rural Development.

“I’m very pleased President Trump has appointed Lois Van Mark of Goshen County to serve as our state’s USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director. There is no one better suited for this position than Lois. She has real on the ground experience and western values that will enable her to efficiently provide a crucial service to our state’s farmers.  The same can be said for Chad Rupe, who was appointed by the Trump administration to serve as USDA Wyoming State Director for Rural Development. His extensive background working as a council member and Bank President in Douglas makes him uniquely qualified to serve and make real change.

I’m looking forward to working with Van Mark and Rupe to change the policies from the past eight years that have adversely affected Wyoming, while we adopt new policies that will improve farm conservation, provide security for agriculture producers and improve stability for our state’s economy and rural communities.”

Background:

Louis Van Mark is a Wyoming native from Torrington who operates her family-owned farm, Van Mark Farms, Inc. Van Mark has previously served as the Wyoming Wheat Growers Association president, Goshen County commissioner, Torrington City Councilwoman, and was appointed by the Bush administration to serve as Wyoming’s executive director of the Farm Service Agency where she held the position from 2001-2009.

Chad Rupe served as Branch President of the Points West Community Bank for ten years and worked for the USDA Rural Development Office in Casper for the past two years. Rupe was a Douglas City councilman, board member of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, and served as an officer in the military for six years.