Trump Nominates Indiana Ag Director For USDA Undersecretary

Posted On July 20, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney. Photo via in.gov.

(Washington, D.C.) – Two Indiana officials are being tapped to help lead federal agencies.

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday his intentions to nominate Indiana Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney to be undersecretary for trade and foreign agriculture affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

McKinney, a Tipton native and Purdue University graduate, has led the Indiana department since 2014 when he was appointed by then-governor, and now vice president, Mike Pence.

“For our new under secretary position emphasizing international trade, I have always said that I want someone who wakes up every morning asking how we can sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets. Ted McKinney is that person,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

“His longstanding background in agriculture, economic development, and global issues will make him an unapologetic advocate for U.S. products in the world marketplace.”

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said McKinney would by a strong voice in his new role at the USDA.

In another move announced Wednesday, Indiana State Personnel Department director Brandye Hendrickson is taking a job as a deputy administrator with the Federal Highway Administration.

Hendrickson was commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation from 2015 to 2017, when she joined the personnel department in January.

Governor Holcomb will appoint individuals to fill the voids left by McKinney and Hendrickson in the coming weeks.