|Anne Hazlett (Photo via University of Arkansas)|
Hazlett has also been agriculture director for her home state of Indiana and as chief of staff to the lieutenant governor. "In that position, Hazlett assisted in the creation of the state’s first office of community and rural affairs," Brasher notes. "Hazlett will direct all three agencies under the Rural Development mission area: the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business Service, and Rural Housing Service."
Perdue said Rural Development programs will get more emphasis "despite not being under a Senate-confirmed nominee," Brasher writes, quoting a USDA press release: "Removing the additional bureaucratic layer of an undersecretary will allow Hazlett as assistant to the secretary to obtain ‘go’ or ‘no go’ decisions directly from Perdue without having to have ideas or suggestions passed through channels in the office."
Hazlett has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Kansas State University, a law degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas.