Rural Action Caucus

Rural Impact County Challenge
Recognizing the critical role local officials play in supporting innovation and change, NACo and the White House Rural Council have come together on a national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty

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NACo's Rural Action Caucus (RAC) is a key component of NACo.  RAC is the voice for America's rural counties before Congress and the Administration.  Nearly two-thirds of the nation's 3,069 counties are designated as rural, with a combined population of 60 million.

County elected officials from these rural areas are dedicated to solving many critical issues impacting rural life and development. These include infrastructure development, broadband deployment, development of new rural clinics and hospitals, road and bridge construction and maintenance, business development opportunities and many more county responsibilities.

Since 1997, NACo's Rural Action Caucus has addressed critical federal, state and local issues.

2016 Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Maintain Funding for USDA Rural Development Programs

    Urge your Members of Congress to support U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development programs throughout the FY 2017 appropriations process by meeting or exceeding FY 2016 funding levels. USDA Rural Development programs provide critical investments to key rural county priorities. 

Latest Resources

Get involved with RAC.  Individual county officials or staff from NACo member counties are eligible to join. RAC members receive periodic updates on key issues affecting rural counties. Learn more:

Caucus Chair

J.D. Clark
County Judge
Wise County, Texas

Caucus Vice Chairs

Lynn Padgett 
Ouray County, Colo.

Kenneth Dahlstedt
Skagit County, Wash.

Harrison Moody
Dinwiddie County, Va.

Timothy Roussel
Parish President
St. James Parish, La.

Arlanda Williams
Terrebonne Parish, La.

Rebecca Benally
San Juan County, Utah


Arthur Scott
Associate Legislative Director