Former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden has joined Grange Advocacy's board of directors.
Holden, a Schuylkill County Democrat, served in the House of Representatives for 20 years, representing both Schuylkill and Berks counties.
Grange Advocacy bills itself as an organization that works to ensure the prosperity and prominence of rural America.
"I am happy to bring my passion for rural America and knowledge of Washington to this organization," said Holden, who served on the Agriculture and Transportation committees in the House. "I have always worked on issues important to this organization such as rural development, water and sewer projects and access to broadband for individuals residing outside of cities and suburbs."
"We're thrilled to have the congressman's experience, insight and advise as we move forward to be the voice of rural Americans and those involved in agriculture," said Grace Boatright, Grange Advocacy's executive director.
Holden lost his bid for re-election last year after the Pennsylvania legislature redrew his district.
Holden has also been nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett for a seat on Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board.