AUSTIN, Texas – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia was inducted into the Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) Academy of Honor at the 2014 FCBT Annual Stockholders Meeting in Houston, Texas, on April 4. The award establishes a $10,000 scholarship that will be presented in Chambliss’s name to a student attending a university of his choice.
Established in 1968, the Academy of Honor recognizes outstanding individuals for their service and contributions to agriculture and to Farm Credit. To date, 56 people have been inducted into this prestigious group.
An agricultural law attorney with almost 30 years of expertise, Chambliss has devoted his legislative career to protecting the interests of agriculture. He was first elected to the House of Representatives to represent Georgia’s 8th District in 1994. He went on to serve as the ranking member of the Agriculture Committee.
After four terms in the House, in which he was instrumental in drafting two bills and reforming federal crop insurance, Chambliss was elected to the United States Senate in 2002, and in 2004 became chairman of its Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. In 2008, he was elected to a second term in the Senate and has since served on many committees, including Armed Services and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He also is vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Farm Credit Bank of Texas is headquartered in Austin and provides funds and services to 15 rural lending cooperatives in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. It is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, a network of rural financing cooperatives established in 1916.