Krysta Harden, a native of Camilla, got endorsements Tuesday from Georgia congressmen on both sides of the aisle on her nomination to become the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Harden’s July 27 nomination by President Barack Obama for deputy secretary of USDA was brought before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Tuesday. She was introduced by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, who is the ranking member on the committee and its former chairman.
“I was delighted to hear of the administration’s decision to appoint Krysta Harden to the position of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.,” Chambliss said Tuesday. “I offer her my sincerest support and congratulations. Growing up on a south Georgia farm has made Ms. Harden particularly well prepared for this position, and her first-hand knowledge of farming issues as well as commitment to the agricultural community will ensure her success in this new role.
“The department will be well served if Ms. Harden is confirmed by the Senate and I urge my colleagues to support this nomination.”
She also was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, who serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. He testified to the Senate panel on her behalf Tuesday.