Introducing the new House Agriculture Commmitee members
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn. highlighted the characteristics of the eight new Republican and six new Democratic members at the committee’s organizational meeting.
Here is a summary of comments made by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway on the new Republican members:
-Ralph Abraham, Louisiana is a physician, veteran, and a former large animal veterinarian from Northeast Louisiana.
-Rick Allen, Georgia is an entrepreneur and businessman “whose construction company in Augusta has created thousands of jobs.”
-Mike Bost, Illinois “has served his country as a Marine and his community as a firefighter” and is a business man who will “serve our farmers and ranchers well.”
-Tom Emmer, Minnesota served in the state legislature and ran his own law firm.
-John Moolenaar, Michigan was a chemist and served in both the Michigan State House and Senate.
-Dan Newhouse, Washington is a farmer, businessman and state legislator who served as director of Washington State’s Agriculture Department.
-David Rouzer, North Carolina is “a businessman and seasoned legislator, having served in the North Carolina Senate.”
-Rep. Jackie Walorski, Indiana, who will chair the nutrition subcommittee, is new to the committee, but in her second term in Congress. She lived in Romania for four years running a foundation that provides medical supplies and attention to impoverished children.
Here is a summary of comments made by ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., on the new Democratic members of the House Agriculture Committee:
-Alma Adams, North Carolina is a former educator who spearheaded nutritious breakfasts in her state.
-Pete Aguilar, California is from a big ag state and will focus on California interests.
-Brad Ashford, Nebraska comes from the third largest cattle producing state and one of the top five in total agricultural production.
-Gwen Graham, Florida is following in the footsteps of her father, former Florida Democratic Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham, because she had “work days” during her campaign in which she tested livestock. (Peterson did not mention that Graham defeated Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., the author of tough food stamp amendments that slowed down passage of the 2014 farm bill and were mostly left out of the final version.)
-Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona is new to the committee, but not to Congress and is in her third term from a large and rural district that has a lot of farmers.
-Stacey Plaskett, Virgin Islands is interested in reinvigorating the agricultural economy in her U.S. territory.
–The Hagstrom Report
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