WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, announced he has promoted his District Director, Jimmy Clark, to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff.

"Jimmy has been a tremendous asset to the 19th District for close to 17 years,” said Neugebauer. “I'm proud to have him on my staff, and I know the people of the 19th District are excited to know they're being well represented. I have never met someone who works so hard."

As part of his duties, Clark will be seen traveling around the 19th District with Neugebauer or representing Neugebauer in his absence. He will continue to communicate directly with constituents and with Neugebauer about concerns in the district, but most importantly he will be hands-on and seen in the community.

"When I am in Washington doing what my duties require, Jimmy will be on the ground representing me. Throughout his time working for the 19th District he has developed strong relationships with farmers, ranchers, businessmen and women, as well as those in the oil and a gas industry," said Neugebauer. "Jimmy is a true advocate for West Texas. His knowledge is invaluable."

A third generation farmer and businessman, Clark worked for over 16 years as district representative for former Congressman Larry Combest. Clark worked closely with the House Agriculture Committee to formulate policy regarding the 2002 farm bill.

Clark attended Texas Tech from 1964-68. Farming is still a large part of the Clark family. He and his son-in-law, Chad Whitley, currently farm 2,500 acres of cotton in Acuff.

An excellent photographer, Clark is the youth baseball league official photographer. He has also served since 1982 as a reserve deputy with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department.

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