U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in support of the President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will nominate Xochitl Torres Small to serve as the Undersecretary for Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Torres Small, who is from Las Cruces, New Mexico, previously served as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District.
“President Biden could not have found a better suited person to lead his administration’s rural economic development work than Xochitl Torres Small. When she served alongside me in New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation, I was impressed with Xochitl’s ability to bring people together and solve a wide array of problems for her constituents in southern New Mexico. Her experience and her dedicated and pragmatic approach to public service will be incredibly valuable at a time when rural communities across the country recover from the pandemic, diversify their economies, and build long-term, sustainable growth.
"I can’t wait to support her nomination and work with her once again to advance key investments in rural economies including universal broadband deployment, affordable housing, clean water and clean energy infrastructure, and assistance for small business owners.”