U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was inducted into the Peanut Hall of Fame by the Georgia Peanut Commission Thursday.
Chambliss was unanimously selected for this award by the Georgia Peanut Commission for his lifelong contributions to Georgia’s peanut industry and agriculture. Induction in the Peanut Hall of Fame is the highest recognition one can receive from the growers in the state of Georgia.
Chambliss is only the fifth person to be inducted into the prestigious Peanut Hall of Fame Hall. The other members include U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Georgia House Agriculture Committee Chairman Henry Reeves, U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge and Professor J. Frank McGill.
Upon receiving his award, Chambliss said, “I am truly humbled and honored to be inducted into the Peanut Hall of Fame. The peanut industry is critical to our state’s economy, and it has been my privilege to advocate for this industry during my 20 years in Congress. I commend the Georgia Peanut Commission for the outstanding work they have done for our state, and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the peanut industry to keep it vibrant and thriving.”
Chambliss served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry during the 109th Congress and as ranking member during the 110th and 111th Congresses.
Chambliss is the only senator since 1947 to have chaired a full standing Senate committee after serving in the chamber for only two years.
During his time in both the Senate and House, Chambliss was instrumental in drafting three farm bills, and is currently working on his fourth and final one. Before his election to Congress, Chambliss specialized in representing farmers' legal interests in south Georgia.