Gov. Inslee appoints new Washington Director of Agriculture
OLYMPIA, Washington: On March 12, 2013, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced a slew of new cabinet appointments, tapping Donald "Bud" Hover as the next state Director of Agriculture. The director of agriculture is responsible for promoting and protecting agriculture and its dependent rural community in Washington state.
Hover will assume the office on April 1, 2013, succeeding Dan Newhouse, whom Inslee commended for his four years of service but declined to reappoint this year. Newhouse was first appointed to the post by Inslee's predecessor, Christine Gregoire, in 2009.
“Agriculture is one of Washington’s most significant cultural and economic cornerstones...Bud’s experience as a rancher and his work on issues from water to wildlife will be invaluable in further growing this vital industry,” Inslee stated in defense of his choice to replace Newhouse.
Prior to his appointment, Hover served as Okanogan County Commissioner. He and his family run a hay and cattle ranch in Winthrop, Washington. Although Hover will begin his work as director April 1, his appointment is still subject to confirmation by the State Senate.
- Agriculture Commissioner
- Washington Director of Agriculture
- Dan Newhouse
- Jay Inslee, Current Gov. of Washington
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee, "News releases: Agriculture, early learning and health: Governor Inslee announces new cabinet appointments," March 12, 2013
- Yakima Herald-Republic, "Inslee appoints Okanogan County farmer as state’s new ag director," March 13, 2013
- Washington State Code, "RCW 43.23.002," accessed December 28, 2012