NGFA has a new director of legislative affairs

Highly respected Capitol Hill staff member Bobby Frederick has taken on the role

NGFA is pleased to announce that highly respected Capitol Hill staff member Bobby Frederick is the NGFA's new director of legislative affairs and public policy, effective Sept. 28.

A native of Champaign, Ill., Frederick currently is legislative director for Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who serves on the House Agriculture and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. In this capacity, Frederick has spearheaded the congressman's wide-ranging legislative agenda, including serving as his lead staff member for agricultural biotechnology and research issues, as well as rail, waterway and surface transportation policy.

Frederick has more than 11 years of experience on Capitol Hill, having previously worked as senior legislative assistant for then-Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., and as acting chief of staff and legislative director for then-Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill.

As NGFA director of legislative affairs and public policy, Frederick will serve as the Association's principal policy advocate on Capitol Hill, and be intimately involved in developing and executing the association's overall legislative strategy. He will assume leadership in working on agricultural biotechnology issues, and serve as principal staff liaison to NGFA's Biotechnology Committee.  He also will be leading NGFA's staff efforts on inland waterway and port issues, and serve as principal staff liaison to the Waterborne Commerce Committee. In addition, he will be responsible for operating Grain and Feed PAC.

"We're extremely fortunate to find someone with Bobby's background, expertise and effectiveness on issues important to the grain, feed and processing industry to serve in this extremely important role," said NGFA President Randy Gordon in making the announcement. "His reputation for conscientiousness, dedication, thoroughness and fairness, combined with the respect with which he's viewed by both Republican and Democrat congressional offices, will be tremendous assets as the NGFA pursues the industry's legislative goals."

Frederick received his undergraduate degree with a major in political science from DePauw University in Indiana, and received a certificate in political management and political action committees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also was a fellow at the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership in Washington, and co-chaired the 39ers group at the Ripon Society, a centrist Republican public policy organization.

Frederick succeeds Jared Hill, who departed the NGFA's staff this summer to become senior director of government and industry affairs for the Washington office of Bunge North America.