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In December, my Republican colleagues honored me by selecting me to serve as the Republican leader, or ranking member, of the House Agriculture Committee.
Tom Vilsack knows what he’s getting into.
A former governor of Iowa, Vilsack is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to become agriculture secretary. He appears to be coasting to confirmation, as he enjoys widespread support from both Republicans and Democrats.
House Ag Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas has announced the Republican membership of the committee. Tennessee's Phil Roe, Missouri's Blaine Luetkemeyer and Pennsylvania's Glenn Thompson are new to the committee. One vacancy remains.
Here we go with our now traditional column on who's in and who's out in key farm policy positions in Washington following the November elections.
For the first time in 16 years, Democrats control both houses of Congress and soon the White House. Along the High Plains and Midwest, a few changes are of note.
Congressman Frank Lucas has been appointed to serve as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Science and Technology.
In addition, last month he was appointed to serve as the Republican leader of the House Committee on Agriculture.
Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for a share of the economic stimulus package, to fund job-creating rural infrastructure and technology projects and to free up credit for farmers.
POLITICAL clout in Washington, D.C., is much on the minds of members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation heading into the new year and a new Congress.