President Trump Appoints Kris Warner to Lead USDA's Rural Development in West Virginia

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | November 05, 2017
President Donald Trump has appointed Morgantown businessman and former Republican National Committeeman Kris Warner to serve as the State Director of the USDA's Rural Development in West Virginia.  The appointment was confirmed on Friday in a press release from the office of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Secretary Perdue said that Rural Development State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.
As the state director, Warner will help ensure that USDA is offering the best customer service to our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers across the country, Secretary Perdue said.
“Our Rural Development Office plays a critical role in helping the people of agriculture, and are able to connect with people in their home states.  They are the initial points of contact for millions of our USDA customers.  Our goal is to help rural America prosper, and state leaders like Kris Warner will be of great assistance in that task.”
USDA Rural Development has a loan portfolio of more than $220 billion to bring enhanced economic opportunity to the Nation's rural communities. To accomplish its goals, it relies on a dedicated team of professional staff working in concert in several offices. Staff operate from the National Office in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri, and in 47 State Rural Development offices inlcuding West Virginia.
There are nine satellite offices located throughout the state.  The main office for the USDA's operations is located in Morgantown.  For more information on the programs and initiatives Rural Develipment, CLICK HERE.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) was pleased to learn of Warner's appointment to serve as West Virginia state director for the USDA.
“As an entrepreneur, small business owner and community leader, Kris has played an important role in West Virginia’s economic growth and development. He has worked successfully with other public- and private-sector leaders to improve our communities and build stronger, more diverse local economies," Capito said.
"I think Kris is an excellent choice to lead USDA’s rural development efforts in our state, and I know he will continue to deliver for West Virginians."
Warner and his wife Joyce, an elementary teacher in the Monongalia County school system, live in Morgantown.  They are the parents of five children, one daughter-in-law and they just recently became grandparents for the first time.
Kris Warner is the younger brother of current WV Secretary of State Mac Warner.
Warner is not a newcomer to economic development or politics.  He has been active in residential, commerical and energy development for the last 30 years.
During that time, he's been active in Republican Party politics at the local, state and national level.  
In 1990, Warner was elected county chairman of the Monongalia County Republican Executive Committee.  From 2000 to 2005, he was elected to serve as the State Chairman of the Party.
For the last five years, Warner served as the state's National Committeeman.  In 2016, he helped to lead the state's delegation to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland.
Over the last 27 years, Warner, now 55, has been one of the party leaders to help organize support for county, state and federal candidates representing West Virginia.  
In 2014, for the first time in 83 years, the Republican Party took control of both Houses of the West Virginia legislature.  In addition, four of the five members of Congress that now represent West Virginia are Republicans.
Over the last several years, Warner took a particular interest in the Republican Party's strategy to recruit some younger candidates to file for the West Virginia legislature.  His belief in doing so was to give the millenial generation a voice in state government. Harrison County Delegates Danny Hamrick (age 29) and Ben Queen (age 22 seen with Warner in the photo above) are current members of the House of Delegates that Warner helped to recruit and get elected. 
In a prepared statement sent earlier this week to members of the WV State Republican Executive Committee, Warner resigned his position as National Committeeman.  He indicated that he had plans to continue his work serving the citizens of West Virginia but didn't indicate what his new role would be.
“It is a honor to be selected by the President of the United States to fill the extremely important role of State Director of Rural Development in West Virginia," Warner said.
"I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state.”

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