Honoring David R. Whitmerby Representative Mike Thompson
Posted on 2014-01-10
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 10, 2014
Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor David
Whitmer upon his retirement as Agriculture Commissioner and Sealer of
Weights and Measures for Napa County. I thank Mr. Whitmer for his
thirty-three years of dedicated service to the people of Napa County,
during which time his support for agriculture in Napa Valley and the
State of California is both admirable and deserving of recognition.
Mr. Whitmer was born and raised in Napa Valley. He attended Napa Valley College before transferring to California State University, Chico, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He returned to Napa, where he served the county for thirty-three years, including five four-year terms as Agriculture Commissioner.
As Agriculture Commissioner, Mr. Whitmer worked to protect local crops from invasive species, including the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, a major carrier of Pierce's disease. When the European Grapevine Moth was discovered in Napa County in 2009, Mr. Whitmer worked with state, federal and international partners to detect, treat and quarantine the threat. For his efforts, he was awarded the first-ever ``Special Achievement-Manager Award'' from the California Agriculture Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA). During his years of service, Mr. Whitmer took on a leadership role with CACASA, where he served as both President and as Chair of the Pesticide Regulatory Affairs Committee and the Legislation Committee. Now that he has retired, Mr. Whitmer plans to work with Circles USA, a national campaign to combat poverty.
Mr. Speaker, it is appropriate at this time that we honor and thank Mr. Whitmer for his invaluable service to the County of Napa. David Whitmer's unyielding dedication to protecting and promoting agriculture in Napa Valley is greatly appreciated by the entire Napa community and we wish him a most enjoyable retirement.