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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Kustoff Applauds Nomination of Stephen Vaden for USDA’s General Counsel

September 5, 2017
Press Release

Germantown, Tennessee – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement applauding President Donald J. Trump’s selection of Stephen Vaden to serve as the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) General Counsel.

“As a West Tennessean, born and raised on his family’s farm in Union City, Stephen Vaden has a unique understanding of America’s rural communities,” said Kustoff. “Stephen joined the Presidential landing team on day one as USDA’s acting general counsel, so he already has valuable, hands-on experience that will make him effective in this role immediately. This year, I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen in his interim role, and I cannot think of anyone better equipped to champion our agricultural industries in West Tennessee and across the country. Secretary Perdue and the entire USDA will benefit greatly from his counsel, and I look forward to his swift confirmation in the United States Senate.”

Stephen Vaden received degrees from Vanderbilt University and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk for former U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays of Memphis and for U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Julia Gibbons of Memphis. He most recently practiced law at Jones Day in Washington, D.C.