As anticipated, Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas has been selected Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Conaway issued the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee selected him as the 50th chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.
"I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 50th chairman of the storied House Committee on Agriculture. The work that farmers and ranchers do is part of our country's foundation. They feed, fuel, and clothe our nation. I look forward to building on the bipartisan work of the chairmen who have led this committee for the past two centuries.
"I represent, and love, rural America. It's the backbone of our country. The values and concepts that make America great are stored in rural America, and I want to protect that. There are fewer and fewer voices representing rural America, and I am honored to be one of those voices. That is my overarching drive as the Committee moves forward."
Ranking Member Collin Peterson tmade the following statement after the announcement that Conaway would succeed Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., during the 114th Congress.
“I congratulate Congressman Conaway on his election to Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. As a fellow CPA, I think we can find common ground as the Committee oversees farm bill implementation and reauthorizing the CFTC during the next Congress. The Agriculture Committee has a strong bipartisan tradition, which I look forward to continuing under Chairman Conaway.
“I would also like to commend Chairman Lucas for his leadership. While he will no longer be Chairman, I have no doubt he will remain a strong advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers and a respected member of the Agriculture Committee.”