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David Scott elected chairman of U.S. House Agriculture Committee

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Dec 09, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Rep. David Scott (D-Georgia 13th District) was elected as the new chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture by the House Democratic Caucus on Dec. 2.

Scott will succeed Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), who lost his bid for re-election in the Nov. 3 general election.

“Georgia Farm Bureau congratulates Representative David Scott for his approval as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee,” said outgoing GFB President Gerald Long. “Representative Scott has consistently supported the farm bill and agricultural advancement through research. We have enjoyed our partnership with Representative Scott over the years, and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee to ensure American farmers have the tools they need to provide food, fiber, and shelter for people around the world.”

In the general election, Scott was re-elected to his 10th term in Congress. Before running for Congress, Scott served as a Georgia state representative from 1975 to 1982 and as a state senator from 1982 to 2002.

Scott has served as a member of Congress and the House Agriculture Committee since 2003. In his various leadership roles on the committee, Scott has chaired the subcommittees on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit as well as Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

Rep. G.T. Thompson (R-Pennsylvania) was elected House Ag Committee ranking member by the Republican Steering Committee on Dec. 2.

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