NRECA Statement on Confirmation of Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

ARLINGTON, Va. —National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson today issued the following statement on Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture:

“As an electric co-op member himself, Sonny Perdue understands the critical role co-ops play throughout rural America, and we congratulate him on his confirmation to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Matheson said. “For decades, electric cooperatives have partnered with USDA’s Rural Utilities Service to bring reliable and affordable electricity to rural communities. This partnership is just as important today, as electric co-ops work to expand economic opportunities by powering and empowering rural American families and businesses. We look forward to working with Secretary Perdue to further improve the quality of life in rural America.”

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s nearly 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.