Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) was announced as a leader of the Texas Ag Task Force in Congress by the Lone Star State’s Republican delegation—the largest GOP delegation in Congress. Congressman Pfluger released a statement following the announcement of the task force:
“The 11th District of Texas is one of the top agriculture-producing regions in the country—with over 15 million acres of farm and ranch land worked by diligent producers who provide not only this district, but the entire Nation, with the food and fiber we need to survive,” said Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11). “I am excited to lead this task force with several of my colleagues and ensure that Texans present a strong, united voice as we advocate for the hundreds of thousands of hard-working farmers and ranchers in the Lone Star State.”
“Agriculture is crucial to our Texas economy and way of life. These lawmakers will lead our efforts in Congress to protect farmers, ranchers and the million jobs in our state tied to agriculture,” said Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth and Rep. Kevin Brady of The Woodlands, who lead the Texas GOP delegation.
House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader G.T Thompson welcomed the united Texas effort in agriculture, saying, “Texas is the epicenter of production agriculture and is essential to our nation’s food security. The Texas Ag Task Force will be an important part of staying close to Texas producers as we craft the next Farm Bill and advance policies that strengthen American agriculture and rural America.”
Congressman August Pfluger will co-chair the task force alongside fellow co-chairs Representatives Michael Cloud, Jodey Arrington, Ronny Jackson, and Tony Gonzales. Task Force members include Representatives Michael Burgess, Louie Gohmert, Chip Roy, Pete Sessions, Roger Williams, and Beth Van Duyne.
The Texas Ag Task Force will promote and champion federal policies that strengthen Texas agriculture and rural communities, engage producer groups and other key stakeholders in the state, develop pro-agriculture strategies in trade, taxation, rural development, environmental regulation, rural broadband and the 2023 Farm Bill, advocate to the USDA, EPA and other agencies within the Biden Administration, and work closely with other members of Congress and the top Republican of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. G.T. Thompson.
The 11th District of Texas is special
By Congressman August Pfluger, U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Texas
On January 3, 2021, I swore an oath in Washington before God to defend the Constitution and serve the incredible people of the 11th District of Texas.
Since then, I have experienced some of the most challenging, memorable, and rewarding days of my life, but one thing has remained the same—I could not be more humbled or honored to represent this district and the exemplary people in it.
The 11th District of Texas is special. It is a critical intersection of national security for our country. Home to the largest oil and gas producing region in the Nation, over 15 million acres of farm and ranch land, multiple premiere universities—both public and private—and a world-class Air Force Base that trains service members from every branch of our military in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, as well as specialized firefighting techniques. Our district also plays a key role in border security and many other critical operations.
Each of these pieces work together to make up a district that delivers so much for the safety and security of our country. It is humbling to recognize the millions of lives who depend on critical industries that are centered right here.
I am proud to be a 7th generation Texan, born and raised in the heart of this district, in a family whose livelihoods depended on agriculture and oil and gas. To us, these are more than just industries and economics—they are personal.
Midland and Odessa, the hub of the largest oil and gas producing region in the Nation provides clean, affordable, reliable energy to the entire country. Energy that heats our homes, fuels industry and innovation, puts gas in the tractors of farmers, makes our military the best in the world, and allows agriculture producers of all stripes to run their equipment and produce their products at an affordable cost to the American people.
In fact, the 11th District is one of the top agriculture-producing regions in the U.S.
Nationwide, our region is in the top 10 for cotton and cattle production. In Texas, we are in the top 5 for crop and livestock production of cotton, cattle, milk, sheep, goats, and even horses. With over 20,000 farms, 96% of them still being family owned, the agriculture industry in this district is responsible for supporting over 50,000 jobs.
We are also home to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, a premier facility that trains service members from every branch of our military in world-class intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance procedures, as well as specialized firefighting techniques. The base graduates roughly 12,000 military professionals each year, and the work they do at Goodfellow, right here in the 11th District, makes the lives of every American just a little bit safer.
But more than contributing energy, agriculture, and military training, the 11th District is home to the absolute best people in the world.
Traveling each of the 29 counties, I have truly come face to face with the most decent, honest, hard-working men and women out there. People who want the best for others, and the best for our country. These folks do not just talk about it, they act on it with kindness and generosity in their own communities.
As I said before, this district is special, and I mean it. We quite literally supply this country with the food, fuel, and fiber that powers our Nation and feeds the American people. I truly believe that this is the best district in the United States, and it becomes more evident with every passing day.
I have my work cut out for me going up against policies in Washington that seek to undercut conservative values and overblow the scope of federal government control. I pledge to stand up for agriculture, energy, and the security of our nation through my voice, my vote, and legislation.
To everyone in the 11th District: thank you for trusting me with this responsibility—I am determined to work hard every day to be a strong voice and advocate for you in Washington.
God bless you, God bless the 11th District of Texas, and may God Bless the United States of America.