Rep. Lou Lang Backs Quinn Choice of Bob Flider as Illinois Agriculture Director

(Skokie, IL) ­– Governor Pat Quinn today named former State Representative Bob Flider (D-Decatur) as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, drawing praise from a top Illinois House lawmaker.

“Throughout his career, Bob Flider was a tireless, effective leader for rural farming communities and global agri-business leaders,” said Quinn. “He served his district with distinction, and I am pleased he will continue to serve all the people of our state.”

From 2003 to 2011, Flider served in the Illinois House of Representatives, sitting on the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee, the Energy & Environment Committee and the Ethanol Production Oversight Committee.

Quinn’s appointment of Flider won the backing of Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“Bob is both a friend and a respected voice on Illinois agriculture issues,” said Lang. “Governor Quinn’s choice of Bob as Illinois Agriculture Director is an excellent decision.”

In addition to Lang, the head of the Illinois Farm Bureau also praised Flider as the next Illinois agriculture chief.

“Bob Flider worked well in the agricultural arena when he served in the General Assembly and on the House Agriculture committee. Bob’s door was always open and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Director of the Department of Agriculture,” said Philip Nelson, President of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Flider was named an “Agriculture Certified Legislator” by the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2004, and he was named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

“After spending the last several years advocating for people in our farming communities and agribusiness, I look forward to continuing that work on a statewide level,” Flider said.

Flider’s appointment faces an Illinois Senate vote where he is expected to win confirmation.

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