Peterson to lead ag committee
Following a vote by his Democratic colleagues Jan. 4, Congressman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District was elected chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.
This is the second time Peterson, the dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation, has served as the committee's chairman, first serving from 2007-11. Peterson, who had previously served since 2011 as the committee's ranking member, was first elected to the House in 1990.
Peterson, 74, said he is looking forward to continuing the the committee's work in addressing the many challenges facing producers, rural communities and working families in the U.S.
"There is no shortage of work to be done," he said. "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.
"Our job will be to work together with Republicans to provide responsible oversight of the administration, and pragmatic solutions for all points in the farm and food supply chain," Peterson added. "I look forward to the challenge and I'm excited to get to work."