Co-ops congratulate new RUS administrator

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson praised Brandon McBride’s appointment as Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service within the Department of Agriculture.

President Obama announced the appointment March 12.

“NRECA and electric cooperatives congratulate Brandon on this appointment. He’s been a staunch advocate for rural America in the Senate, and we’re thankful that he will continue his public service as an advocate for the programs and infrastructure on which so many rural communities rely,” Emerson said. “We look forward to working with him in his new role,” said Emerson. “We also deeply appreciate Jasper Schneider’s service as Acting Administrator for the past six months. He took time to meet with us and so many co-op leaders, and we wish him the best,” Emerson said.

McBride serves as part of the senior professional staff on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, a position he has held since 2009.  Prior to this, he served as a legislative assistant for Senator Blanche Lincoln from 2003 to 2009.  From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McBride was the Grants Specialist for Senator Lincoln. Mr. McBride received a B.A., B.S., and M.P.A. from Arkansas State University.