Lexington Mayor, Former State Rep Named State FSA Director
A former state representative and educator will become the next director of Missouri’s Farm Service Agency Office. USDA formally announced Tuesday that President Biden has appointed Joe Aull as the state’s new executive director of FSA. Aull has served as mayor of Lexington the past two years, and previously spent eight years in the Missouri House as the representative from Lafayette and Saline counties. While in the house, Aull served on the elementary and secondary education and ag policy committees.
Prior to politics, Aull taught for 34 years in four different school systems, including as superintendent at Lexington and Marshall. In 1992, he received the Pearce Award recognizing him as Missouri’s outstanding school administrator of the year. Aull also served on the Missouri State High School Activities Association Board of Directors from 1999 to 2004, including as its president for the 2002-03 school year.
In a statement, Democratic congressman Emanuel Cleaver said that Aull, “is the embodiment of a true public servant for our community and our State.” Cleaver went on to say that Aull’s “experience, knowledge, and relationships across [Missouri] will be an asset for the Administration.”