Congressional Staff Awards Recognize Extra Efforts on Behalf of U.S. Rice

Feb 27, 2017
Ted Verrill is literally the center of attention
at award ceremony
GAC Award-Jackie Loewer, Ted Verrill & Ralph Abraham
WASHINGTON, DC – At the Government Affairs Conference earlier this month, USA Rice continued its tradition of recognizing Congressional staff that go above and beyond their duties to support the U.S. rice industry.  The 2017 recipients of the USA Rice Outstanding Congressional Staff Award are Ted Verrill and Carlisle Clarke.

Ted Verrill has been a staple in the halls of Congress for quite a while and currently serves as the deputy chief of staff and legislative director for rice champion, Representative Ralph Abraham (R-LA).  Verrill is no stranger to the issues facing the rice industry as prior to joining Abraham’s staff, he served as legislative director and counsel for Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) and also worked for former Senator Dale Bumpers (D-AR).

“Ted is certainly most deserving of this award,” said USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely.  “He is a great communicator and frequently reaches out to us as a resource to make sure he and Congressman Abraham can effectively support the rice industry.”

The Senate awardee, Carlisle Clarke, currently serves as the clerk for the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Agriculture Subcommittee, overseeing the annual funding bills for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  Clarke has worked under Subcommittee Chairmen Roy Blunt (R-MS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and most recently John Hoeven (R-ND), but got his start as the legislative assistant covering agriculture for rice champion Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).

Mosely said, “Carlisle has been instrumental in ensuring that programs that are vital to the needs of the rice industry continue to be funded in the annual appropriations bills, including food aid and conservation-related accounts.  His efforts on behalf of the industry go all the way back to his days serving on Senator Cochran’s personal staff.”

“Verrill and Clarke are just two of the many Congressional staff that USA Rice has strong relationships with,” added Mosely.  “It’s important to continue to strengthen our ties with staff and recognize those who really take our issues to heart and work overtime for the rice industry when the needs arise.”