House Republicans elect Thompson Ag Committee chairman
On Dec. 7, the House Republican Steering Committee elected Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA-15) as chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture for the 118th Congress. Thompson will be the first Agriculture Committee chairman from Pennsylvania in nearly 170 years.
“I am honored to lead the Committee on Agriculture and build on the accomplishments of the past two years as ranking member,” Thompson said in a published statement. “The political landscape in Washington may be fractured, but as chairman, I will prioritize the needs of our producers and rural communities—the backbone of this country. We will keep our foot on the gas to deliver principled solutions, robust oversight, and a farm bill that is responsive to the needs of the country's farmers, ranchers, and foresters.”
Outgoing Ag Committee Chairman David Scott (D-Georgia 13th District) congratulated Thompson and reflected on his two years leading the committee.
“It has been the honor of a lifetime for me to serve as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and I am deeply appreciative of the support and friendships of each member of the committee,” Scott said in a released statement. “As I prepare to hand the gavel over to Mr. Thompson, I wish him the best in this role. I am encouraged by the bipartisan work we have accomplished together, particularly around our shared interest in broadband and access to USDA programs for our new and small producers. Heading into the 2023 Farm Bill, I am hopeful and prayerful that the collegial spirit will continue and that the Agriculture Committee will be able to deliver a farm bill with strong Republican and Democratic bipartisan support.”