Connecticut's Krivda Lands Job With Trump's USDA

George E. Krivda Jr., a long-time Republican legislative staffer and chief of staff to Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky, has a new job as regional director of rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Krivda started in his new post at the USDA last week, and is now responsible for promoting economic opportunities and job creation in rural sections of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A Bridgeport native, Krivda spent the last decade performing a variety of roles in Connecticut’s agriculture agency. Earlier in his state career, Krivda served in several different legislative positions including chief of staff to the Senate GOP caucus and legislative director in ex-Gov. John Rowland’s administration, and executive director of the state Republican Party.

Despite his GOP credentials, Krivda served through most of Democrat Dannel P. Malloy’s administration. Until 2015, Krivda was one of several Republicans working in civil service-protected state jobs under Malloy. In that year, the legislature agreed to a Malloy request that dozens of state communications and legislative liaison jobs be reclassified as political appointee positions.

Krivda is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and lives in East Hampton with his wife Marian.

The USDA’s rural development program offers loans and grants to encourage rural business development, high-speed Internet access in rural areas, and other community improvement projects in agricultural regions.

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