Gov. Inslee appoints new Washington Director of Agriculture

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March 15, 2013

Washington

By Maresa Strano

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.[1] 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.[1]

Prior to his appointment, Hover served as Okanogan County Commissioner. He and his family run a hay and cattle ranch in Winthrop, Washington.[2] Although Hover will begin his work as director April 1, his appointment is still subject to confirmation by the State Senate.[3]

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