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Posted on Mar 21, 2016 in Featured, News Releases

Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND-endorsed Arrington heads to runoff election

Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND-endorsed Arrington heads to runoff election

A crowded race for U.S. House District 19 has narrowed to two candidates. Jodey Arrington made the runoff with continued support from Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (TFB AGFUND), Inc.

“Agriculture needs more friends in Congress,” said Russell Boening, president of TFB and AGFUND. “Jodey is a Plainview native. He understands agricultural issues and common sense ‘Texas-style’ solutions.”

District 19, which spans 29,000 square miles and covers 29 counties in West Texas, is an agricultural powerhouse.

Boening said Arrington’s experience and knowledge of agriculture, government and the private sector would prove beneficial in Congress. Arrington advised then Governor George W. Bush on appointments to state boards and commissions.

He recruited conservative business leaders from across the state for key roles in agencies responsible for agriculture, higher education, healthcare and criminal justice.

Arrington later became an advisor to President Bush in the White House. He was responsible for helping assemble Bush’s leadership team in critical areas like agriculture, water and energy.

As chief of staff to the FDIC chairman, Arrington was instrumental in helping cut millions of dollars in waste and inefficiencies, reducing regulatory burdens on community banks and passing the U.S. deposit insurance reform.

He also served as the chief of staff and later as vice chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.

“Jodey’s leadership helped bring jobs and economic development to West Texas,” Boening said. “He knows the value of empowering small businesses and will work to ease the regulatory burden on American agriculture.”

Early voting begins May 16. The runoff election is set for May 24.