Biden plucks ex-House Democrat for Agriculture post

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President Joe Biden on Friday nominated ex-Rep. Xochitl Torres Small to a top administration post, tapping a fourth House Democrat, but this time, the nominee is a former member.

Biden nominated the New Mexico Democrat to serve in the Agriculture Department as undersecretary of rural development.

Torres Small lost her bid for a second term to Republican Yvette Herrell in the 2020 election.

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Torres Small is the fourth House Democrat nominated to serve in the Biden administration. House Democrats earlier in the year expressed concern that the administration’s desire to fill positions with House Democrats was depleting their very narrow majority. House Democrats now hold a four-seat advantage over the GOP.

Earlier this year, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland was confirmed in March to lead the Interior Department. Democratic Rep. Melanie Stansbury won a June special election to fill the seat, which was left vacant for three months.

In addition to Haaland, former Democratic Reps. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana and Marcia Fudge of Ohio joined the Biden administration earlier this year. Richmond serves as senior adviser to Biden, and Fudge leads the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Torres Small’s nomination in a Friday tweet.

“Thrilled to hear @POTUS has nominated @xochnm to serve as USDA U-S of Rural Development,” the California Democrat tweeted. “In her home of Las Cruces & in Congress, Xochitl has dedicated years to advancing opportunity & prosperity, esp for our rural communities, so that all can share in the American Dream.”

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