SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- The Illinois Senate voted today to confirm Raymond Poe as the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The third generation farmer was appointed to the position by Governor Bruce Rauner on November 13, 2015.
"I can truly say this opportunity is a dream come true for me. Farming and agriculture is a big part of my family's legacy, as the next generation now runs the family operation," Poe said. "My goal is to continue to grow this billion dollar industry, and continue on a path that will make Illinois agriculture something we can be proud of for generations to come."
Poe previously served 21 years in the Illinois House, representing the 99th District, where he served on
the House Ag and Conservation Committee. Director Poe also previously served as President of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau and Lincolnland Farm Supply.
During his time in the state legislature, Director Poe received several prestigious awards, honors and certificates of appreciation. Among the accolades he is most proud of is the Friends of Agriculture Award given to him by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Director Poe has been very active in his community and with various agricultural organizations throughout the years. Today Director Poe and his wife Carol reside in Sangamon County. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.