Member Spotlight: Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

John Boozman was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Prior to serving in the Senate, he represented the people of the Third District of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight years. Before his service in Congress, Sen. Boozman was an optometrist, owning a private practice with his brother. Sen. Boozman attended the University of Arkansas and graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in 1977.

Why He’s Important to Agents

Sen. Boozman serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry during the 117th Congress. This position gives him major influence over issues in the Farm bill, and most notable for agents, the federal crop insurance program. 

In addition, Sen. Boozman serves on the Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for allocating federal funds. The Senator sits on the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee which has jurisdiction over insurance issues, including the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). PIA supports the repeal of the FIO and opposes efforts to expand its role. Sen. Boozman’s leadership was instrumental in recently preventing the FIO’s mandate from being expanded through the appropriations process.