-U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) announced today that the Henderson and Canton Rural Development (RD) offices will remain open, a significant victory for the area residents served by the offices. On behalf of east Texans, Gohmert has actively pursued the continued operation of the offices in their current locations. He has loudly voiced his opposition regarding their proposed relocation to an area further away from the citizens they're intended to serve. After months of communication with the with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Congress Gohmert held a private meeting in his Washington, D.C. office yesterday with Under Secretary Thomas Dorr that concluded with a mutually satisfactory decision.
Following the meeting, Gohmert stated, "This is great news for our rural residents. We fussed and fought for these RD offices to stay open, and I'm so glad that our voices were heard. The USDA needed to make the appropriate business decisions based on all the facts, and that has finally been done. These offices need to be located where they actually provide services. It's a blessing to know that our residents who need this most will be able to keep the RD offices here in their backyards. We also greatly appreciate the USDA's willingness to listen to our concerns and their diligence in cooperating with us throughout this process."
Regarding the decision, Scooter Brockette, USDA Rural Development Acting State Director in Texas, said, "USDA Rural Development is pleased to continue our service to the public thru our Canton and Henderson Local Offices. We look forward to working with Mr. Gohmert and his constituents on projects that will greatly benefit rural Texas."