Peterson Elected Chair of House Ag Committee
January 11, 2019
House Democrats elected Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.) as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, a position Peterson held from 2007 to 2011 when his party was last in the majority in the House.
Since 2011, Peterson has been the committee’s ranking member. Rep. Michael Conaway (Texas), who served as chairman from 2015 through 2019, is now the ranking member.
“I am honored to receive the support of my colleagues to serve as chairman of the Agriculture Committee in the 116th Congress,” Peterson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the important work of the committee to address the many challenges facing our producers, our rural communities, and our working families across the country.
“There is no shortage of work to be done. There is a new farm bill to implement, a growing economic storm in farm country to address, and the ongoing harm of a trade war to alleviate, not to mention the range of unforeseen issues that will test the mettle of the people we’re here to serve.”
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Source: The Progressive Farmer