Illinois Governor Rauner Appoints State Rep Raymond Poe as New Ag Director

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner late Friday announced the appointment of life-long farmer and Illinois State Representative Raymond Poe, as the Director of the Department of Agriculture.

Rauner says that Poe’s experience as a legislator, as a businessman and as a farmer makes him the ideal choice to lead the agency.


Poe has for the past 20 years been a member of the General Assembly. He’s a member of the Agriculture & Conservation; Appropriations-Higher Education; Personnel & Pensions; and Business Occupational Licenses committees, and been the Republican Spokesperson on those committees. He has farmed in Sangamon County his entire life.


The new Illinois Ag Director previously served on the Williamsville School Board, where he was president for three years. He is also the former president of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau and the former president of the Lincoln Land Farm Supply. Poe lives in rural Springfield.